Permaculture Farms & Gardens Open Days

A Permaculture Australia initiative:Permaculture Open Gardens and Farms

  • to raise funds for ongoing operating expenses
  • for public education in your local area
  • for social interaction
  • in promoting local permaculture action (gardening and/or farming)

Funds can be donated to PA, your local permaculture group, and/or to Permafund - split them how you'd like.

Use the interactive map below to see a tour near you:

Detailed information for each Open Property:

Archive of past open properties

Limestone Permaculture Farm (Brett & Nici Cooper)
846 The Bucketts way, Stroud Road 2415 NSW
6 May 2018 09:00 start
https://www.limestonepermaculture.com/events/may-farm-tour-morning
Farm Fresh Catered Tour > $45 per person (under 12 free)
Limestone Permaculture Farm is a highly productive one acre demonstration property, designed & operated on permaculture principles & located in the beautiful Stroud / Karuah Valley NSW.
Limestone Farm showcases practical examples of most Permaculture Principles, Components & Function's including:
* Integrated Permaculture Farm Design / Organic principled Market Gardening
* Intensive Orchard & Food Forest on Swales
* Animal Management & Husbandry of Poultry, Sheep & Goats
* Farmgate produce sales / European & Native Bee Keeping
* Native Bush Foods / Seed Saving & Propagation
* Companion planting & Plant Guilds / Composting, Manure Teas & Soil health
* Building with recycled materials / Farm fresh nutritious cooking
* Solar, Water & Wood fired energy
Join us for a farm fresh catered tour with a portion of the proceeds going to Permaculture Australia.

Sugarloaf Permaculture, Stanthorpe 4380 QLD
organised by Stanthorpe Permaculture Group
6 May 2018 09:00 start
http://www.sugarloafpermaculture.net/contact-us
$10/person Come for a tour of our homestead 4.5 years in development. This will be followed by 2 talks; One on off-grid living and one on healthy eating. Permaculture in Action. See ducks, goats, guinea pigs, bees, worms, and chickens all performing their functions. Water harvesting, energy systems, food forests, food production, etc. Please bring a healthy plate of food to share for lunch. All entry donations will be donated to Permaculture Australia. Please rideshare as parking is limited and it's better for the planet!

Permaculture College - Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin NSW
9 Jun 2018 10:00
https://permaculture.com.au/contact-us/
Donation - $5+
Join us at Djanbung Gardens on Saturday June 9 for an inspiring day full of fascinating workshops and talks on practical earth-friendly living, traditional crafts, forgotten arts and permaculture ideas. Enjoy strolling around the gardens or catch a guided tour. The day will also feature interesting displays and stalls with plants, books and produce for sale.
Presentations and workshops will cover diverse topics including natural vegetable dyes, growing and making natural fibres, fibre to fabric, permaculture tips for buying land, how to grow food year-round, incredible edible tubers and perennial vegetables, bamboo crafting and more to be confirmed.
Abundance Café will be open with delicious lunches and refreshments made from fresh garden and local produce. The café boasts that over 90% of ingredients are sourced within 35km of Nimbin.
This will be the 14th annual open day at Djanbung Gardens and will raise funds for Permaculture Australia and the local Permaculture College. Entry is by donation ($5 recommended).
Djanbung Gardens, designed by Robyn Francis, has a global reputation as a leading permaculture education centre and is conveniently located at 74 Cecil St, Nimbin, just past the Nimbin showgrounds.
Please contact us if you would like to book a stall space.

 

Telopea Mountain Permaculture & Nursery, Monbulk 3793 VIC
29 Jul 2018 12:00 start
$25
Beginning with a how to graft fruit trees demonstration at 12.30 followed by a guided tour of over 1000 fruit vars, animals in 6 fruit tree systems with Pete the Permie celebrating 125 years farming onsite. To book, phone Peter 0418 665 880 or email telopeamtn@bigpond.com

103 Thompson Crescent, Research 3095 VIC
14 Oct 2018
Come any time between 10am and 4pm
$10 per person Sprawling outer suburban garden with many fruit trees, chicken system, enclosed veggie garden, interesting examples of permaculture practice including water and energy systems. Large deck and outdoor kitchen with pizza oven. Tours on the hour, free tea/coffee/herbal or softdrink and a home-made treat, as well as a free plant or packet of seeds to take home. 100% of takings to Permaculture Australia. Children welcome but no dogs, please.

Brogo Permaculture Gardens, Brogo, 2550 NSW

Brogo Permaculture Garden Open Days:
6 October 2018 — 11:00am-1:00pm
27 October 2018 — 11:00am-1:00pm
28 October 2018 — 11:00am-1:00pm
1 December 2018 — 11:00am-1:00pm
2 December 2018 — 11:00am-1:00pm

If you are looking for permaculture garden ideas, permaculture design and layout ideas or just interested in extending your knowledge of permaculture systems then join us on these days.

On a typical tour day John leads a guided tour around the property and finishes in the home. The permaculture expert, designer, and builder will explain key design features such as food forests, swales, kitchen gardens, and hugelkulture during the tour and he and Sharon will discuss the design elements of the property and house. The complete tour takes around 1 1/2 hours and will be followed by tea/coffee and a snack. The complete tour takes around 1 1/2 hours and will be followed by tea/coffee and a snack.
Cost: The cost of the tour is $35pp. Children are free in the care of an adult. Book here please.
Since 1995 many people have visited our Permaculture Garden Open Days for inspiration, permaculture design ideas and to look at how our permaculture garden ideas have developed over time. It is always a pleasure to meet return and new visitors and welcome them to observe the way in which we are interacting with the land and to hear their feedback about our property. For the past 5 years, and continuing this year, a donation to Permafund has been made by Brogo Permaculture Gardens based on Open Days receipts.

The Brogo property features an owner built, solar powered mudbrick home, composting toilet and grey-water system. Fundamental to the management of the property is the integration of animals with native and exotic plant food systems. The scale and design is based on a rural property of a large family but the principles can be utilised anywhere. ​Brogo Permaculture Gardens also has a developing Asian food garden, orchard with ducks, free ranging chickens, earthworks including food forests, swales and shelterbelt. Other projects are underway including a purpose built storeroom, natural swimming pool and primitive camping area. The property is an example of design strategies that work in the Bega Valley providing self-reliance for an uncertain future. Visitors gain an understanding of good permaculture garden design and layout and why it works.
Please note that we cannot accommodate animals on the tour. We appreciate the love you have for your pet but not everyone enjoys the company of animals nor do we have any control on their behaviour. We have one, old spoiled dog and he does not like other animals. Please don't ask as we have to refuse. ​

Make a weekend of it! Brogo and the Bega Valley are great places to spend the weekend. Each Friday there is a farmers market in Bega and others markets in different localities. You could go canoeing on the Brogo Dam or visit Mumbulla Mountain. Beautiful beaches are all around and the area has some great accommodation options and food.

Guide for Opening your Property (4 pages)

A recent article worth reading through; The legals: Our duty of care to visitors to permaculture sites

Bank account details for donations (please add 'Donation- OpenProp' as the description):
If you want to support new and existing projects of Permaculture Australia, deposit your Open Garden proceeds to bank account BSB 193879 Acc 440889510

If you want to support small permaculture projects around the world, deposit to our Permafund account BSB 193879 Acc 450021204

Please make sure we have your email address so that we can thank you (accounts@permacultureaustralia.org.au).