It’s been a bumpy start of the year 2020 with the drought, bushfires and the global Covid-19 pandemic impacting communities across the country (and globally).
As communities deal with these changing conditions, we’ve seen a *huge* increase in interest in backyard food production, building community resilience and sufficiency, and permaculture which is fantastic.
PA members have responded by developing and sharing an incredible range of free online resources and materials – Fair Share and People Care ethics in action.
Here is just a small selection below (in alphabetical order) that we’ve seen – there are many more!
If we’ve missed some you think should be on the list, let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist as Family in Daylesford, Victoria have a released a great selection of short videos on permaculture living (non-monetised) including making cider, preserving apples, fermenting, using Jerusalum Artichokes and much more here.
Formidable Vegetable and Brenna Quinlan at Melliodora, in Hepburn Springs have been making a range of ‘how to’ videos. Check out how to make sourdough and yoghurt (and much more) via Instagram @FormidableVeg and @Brennaquinlan
Good Life Permaculture in Tasmania have an eight week ‘Crisis Gardening Series’ short video series on Youtube. Check out topics including fresh food fast, cold temperate gardening, hot and cold composting and eating weeds here
Happen Films permaculture short video series includes inspirational PA members Limestone Permaculture and Purple Pear Farm, as well as a newly commenced weekly podcast series.
Kat Lavers ‘Gardening in Hard Times’ is a weekly video series on Friday based in her urban property, the Plummery in Melbourne. Check out video topics including pests & diseases, gardening tools, & gardening in small spaces here
Morag Gamble: Our Permaculture life has developed a Covid-19 resilience pack containing online videos, how to films and blog posts, which are complemented by the daily ‘live at 5’ videos available here
Milkwood Permaculture in Tasmania compiled this fantastic list of free resources for home based living in the time of Covid-19, as well as a weekly permaculture living blog and e-newsletter.
Permafund, Permaculture Australia, provides small grants for permaculture projects in Australia and internationally for the last eight years. The 2020 grant round will open soon and focus on recovery, including bushfires and designing for disaster in preparedness for the future. The recent crises here in Australia demand a response and a donation to Permafund is a meaningful way to contribute, to donate click here.
Retrosuburbia by David Holmgren, co-originator of permaculture, has now made available the downshifters guide to living a resilient life via e-copy (and still available as hard copy too) here. Check out the online e-book launch party with music by Formidable Vegetable and a great extended interview by Costa from Gardening Australia with David Holmgren here
Savour Soil Permaculture in Queensland have a great range of resources for growing, identifying the different uses of weeds, and this latest post on growing shade tolerant veggies here
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