2021 Permaculture service awards announced

2021 Permaculture service awards announced

” You can’t unlearn this stuff “

Bill Mollison, 1995

This was part of the Permaculture Elders Award acceptance speech by Mark Brown, recalling completing his Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison. PA members Mark and partner Kate Beveridge, who run Purple Pear Farm, and PA member Julianne Hartman comprised three of the ten Permaculture Elder Award recipients.

PA members were well represented in the Community Service award recipients, including Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar (Milkwood Permaculture), Hannah Maloney (Good Life Permaculture), Lis Bastian (The Big Fix/Permaculture Blue Mountains), Dan Palmer (Making Permaculture Stronger) and Richard Telford, Permaculture Principles.

We are thrilled to announce that PA Board Director Wendy Marchment (pictured above right), also received a Permaculture Community Service Award, which includes her service with Permaculture Australia and previously with Northey Street City Farm.

Finally, congratulations to Virginia Solomon, outgoing PA Board Director and Permaculture Elder who was awarded a Community Service Award for her outstanding commitment to permaculture education and Permaculture Australia.

The full list of the 2021 Community Service awardees are listed below.

2021 Permaculture Elders Award recipients

  • Jill Jordan (deceased)
  • Jane Scott (deceased)
  • Rob Swain (deceased)
  • David Arnold (deceased)
  • Kate Beveridge
  • Mark Brown
  • Steve Cran
  • Julianne Hartman
  • Hans Erken
  • Penny Pyett.

2021 Community Service Award recipients

  • Lis Bastian
  • Kirsten Bradley
  • Cally Brennan
  • Bunya Halasz
  • Penny Kothe
  • Hannah Maloney
  • Wendy Marchment
  • Dan Palmer
  • Nick Ritar
  • Virginia Solomon
  • Richard Telford.

A huge congratulations to all those who received awards and for their commitment and support to permaculture in Australia and globally.


Introducing the new Board of Directors

Introducing the new Board of Directors

The 2021 Permaculture Australia Annual General Meeting was held on the 13th April 2021 at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Brisbane.

Congratulations to the following Board of Directors who have been appointed for 2021/2022:

  • Wendy Marchment, Victoria
  • Donna Morawiak, Queensland
  • Greg Rodwell, Victoria
  • Sophie Thompson, Queensland
  • Jed Walker, New South Wales

A huge thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors Greta Carroll, April Sampson-Kelly and Virginia Solomon, and also to Robyn Francis as the appointed Chair for the AGM.

Finally we are thrilled to announce David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture, has been appointed a Patron of Permaculture Australia. This is an enormous honor for Permaculture Australia and we look forward to working with David and the team at Holmgren Designs to further advocate for permaculture solutions.

(L-R) Kiran Charlie (PA Webmaster), April Sampson-Kelly (Outgoing Director), Robyn Francis (AGM Chair) Sophie Thompson (PA Board Director), Wendy Marchment (PA Board Director), Donna Morawiak (PA Board Director) Jed Walker (PA Board Director), David Holmgren (PA Patron), Virginia Solomon (Outgoing PA Chair) and Kym Blechynden (PA Membership & Marketing Manager).

Building soil and saving Turtles

Building soil and saving Turtles

The Turtle Survival Alliance – India has a focus on conservation efforts with local communities to safeguard threatened freshwater species in four (of the five) turtle priority areas in India. The project received a 2020 Permafund grant to offer training in vermicomposting and food growing to reduce the reliance on aquatic wildlife for food.

In the three months leading up to February 2021, the project outcomes include the:

  • successful completion of a household-based survey to gather nutrition information of riverine women communities. Preliminary analysis of data suggests the women living in riparian and fishing hamlets bear major responsibility for their families, work harder in the agricultural field and poor economy, and have limited access to a nutritious diet.
  • completion of an awareness and capacity-building program providing training in nutrition, small-scale farming and the benefits of Indigenous crops, and
  • provision of vertical bamboo frames to use for gardening in water logged areas, as well as vegetable seeds and gardening tools.

To reduce the use of chemical fertilizers a large vermicomposting pit has been developed. The lined pit was filled with manure worms, organic materials (such as straw, grass clippings, vegetable peels, manure), and covered with soil.

This is what PA’s Permafund is all about – enacting the the three ethics of permaculture (Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share) and supporting grassroots projects around the globe to build stronger communities.

How can I get involved?

Want to make a difference too? Donate to PA’s Permafund today here and help build food security and stronger communities across the globe. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Adelaide Edible Garden Trail celebrates urban food growing

Adelaide Edible Garden Trail celebrates urban food growing

The Adelaide Edible Garden Trail celebrates the many ways Kaurna Land residents are creating food sovereignty while saving money and the environment — and enjoying the health benefits of homegrown fruit and veggies.”

On Saturday, April 24 2021, six urban food gardens will open to the public during the very first Adelaide  Edible Garden Trail – aimed at inspiring more South Aussies to get growing at their place. 

Growers large and small from across Adelaide will share their knowledge via informative video  garden tours, which will be released online and are accessible to all by donation. 

The tours showcase sustainable garden practices for South Australia’s local growing conditions, including water conservation, composting, increasing soil fertility, planting to encourage beneficial insects, home food production and organic growing techniques.

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Jacqui Garcia, Event Coordinator. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles

Event Coordinator and PA member Jacqui Garcia, one of nine volunteers organising the first-time event, said  growing even just a little food at home can have a positive impact on our environment, health and  local food sovereignty. 

“We’re all passionate about urban food growing and all into permaculture. We call ourselves the Growers’ Collective. The idea came about when we were discussing ways we could celebrate Urban Agriculture Month, which is about raising awareness about urban agriculture”

Several of the organising team are PA members, and permaculture ethics are incorporated into the event including:

  • ‘Fair Share’: This is a volunteer-run event. We are very thankful for receiving a micro-grant to get this project going from our local chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which has volunteer-run local chapters funding awesome local projects.
  • Event proceeds will be reinvested into local community food growing projects through grants to schools, community gardens & community groups.
  • Earth Care’: the featured gardeners are all sharing sustainable and organic gardening practices and tips for our local growing conditions.
  • ‘People Care’: price for a ticket is ‘pay what you can’ to ensure our videos are accessible to all. 

“I’m looking forward to sharing the videos of our featured gardeners with growers – and hope to see garden trails hosted by other South Australian communities, in places like the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu peninsula, Barossa, regional and remote towns too,” Jacqui Garcia.

Photo title & credits:

  • Jelina Haines, Ligaya Garden.
  • Lachlan McKenzie, The Goody Patch. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.
  • North Brighton Community Garden. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.
  • The Goody Patch. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.

Building soil and saving Turtles

Fair Share Friday – introducing three new Permafund projects

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We had such a great response to our ‘February Fair Share’ promotion, that PA’s Permafund has allocated funding to an additional three projects. Thanks to your generous support, we’ve now supported a total 58 projects in 16 countries!

Our first new project is in Tanzania – funding practical permaculture for youth and women, and implemented by SuBeHuDe. This project will include permaculture training for 100 community members, supporting green jobs and employability to break the cycle of poverty.

Our second new project in the Philippines, supports the Seed4Com 7HUrban Permaculture project. This project will convert a property into an urban farm using permaculture principles & regenerative farming, with the aim of improving food security for the Indigenous community.

And last but not least – we will also be funding the 1000 tree project supported by Swayyam in Southern India. This is a rural initiative which will support small groups of marginal farmers to acquire fencing, water harvesting earthworks, drought tolerant native crop seeds and high quality tree saplings.

Why donate to Permafund?

“At Pip Media we follow the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share – by donating to Permafund we share some of the profits that come through the work we do… We know the donation will go to projects that have been carefully selected by the great team behind PA’s Permafund – Permaculture International Public Fund whom share similar values to Pip,” Robyn Rosenfelt, Editor Pip Magazine

Our farmers knowledge is increasing in permaculture systems, they are becoming resilient and are able to grow their own local food that benefits many families and more! When farmers are able to grow & eat their own local food it is the best way of giving power to our communities in ways that are truly regenerative, and improves the quality of life and biodiversity on Earth, for our children to inherit”, Grant recipient, Kenya

This is what PA’s Permafund is all about – enacting the the three ethics of permaculture (Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share) and supporting grassroots projects around the globe to build stronger communities.

How can I get involved?

Want to make a difference too? Donate to PA’s Permafund today and help build food security and stronger communities across the globe. Donations over $2 in Australia are tax deductible and are a great way to enact the third permaculture ethic ‘fair share’. For more information including to donate please click here.

Building soil and saving Turtles

Fifty five projects supported by PA’s Permafund

Fifty five! Thanks to a generous donation from Permaculture Sydney North we are thrilled to fund another permaculture project – bringing the grand total of projects supported by PA’s Permafund to fifty five in sixteen countries.

A Permafund grant will support PRM, a grassroots organisation, to assist women farmers in 10 rural villages in India to revitalize their farming with permaculture and organic practices. This will include training, tree planting, promotion of local Indigenous seeds, & improved water harvesting activities.

PRM promotes biodiversity forests using the Miyawaki Forest promotion methods – when diversified tree saplings are planted with limited spacing, they grow straight, fast and tall. The local community was involved when PRM initiated this innovative method at a village named Pappudayanpatti, contributing their time, energy and material resources.

“A cultural change is required in the food habits of the communities, with a renewed focus on traditional foods which were the only source of diet in earlier days when our ancestors lived happily and healthy. Similarly, farmers want to restore and promote Indigenous seeds that are drought tolerant, medicinal and healthy. “

This is what PA’s Permafund is all about – enacting the the three ethics of permaculture (Earth Care, People Care & Fair Share) and supporting grassroots projects around the globe to build stronger communities.

How can I get involved?

Want to make a difference too? Donate to PA’s Permafund today here and help build food security and stronger communities across the globe. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.