Sydney Edible Garden Trail

Sydney Edible Garden Trail

Spend a weekend visiting edible gardens and talking to like minded gardeners across Sydney! OR open your own garden as part of the trail!

The Sydney Edible Garden Trail is a self guided two day event showcasing the many ways that Sydney residents are creating food security in the urban environment, saving money and the environment, while enjoying the health benefits of home grown fruit and veg. Backyard growers, large and small, throughout Metropolitan Sydney will open their gardens to the public on the weekend of 26/27 March 2022!

We are a non-profit event run by volunteers, with profits going back to local schools and community gardens.

An Alternative Life Farm Tour

An Alternative Life Farm Tour

Take a guided tour of An Alternative Life Learning Centre, see how we grow food year round, check out the vegetable gardens, stroll though the mixed fruit and nut orchard, say g’day to the chooks and ducks, see our off grid aquaponics set up and the new espalier cider orchard progress. Filled with inspiring ideas and a load of tips on how to grow food year round even in difficult conditions. Enjoy a lovely morning tea of farm produce.

Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in 2022. Limited places, bookings essential

Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

Come along and get a taste of farm life at one of our upcoming farm tours with 3 course lunch. Enjoy an inspiring and informative guided tour of our sustainable self sufficiency farm, stroll through the food gardens, mixed fruit and nut orchard,, check out the aquaponics and propagation areas, meet the chooks and ducks and enjoy a 3 course lunch of farm produce. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

What does good permaculture aid look like?

Lessons Learnt Report — Permaculture, Livelihood and Nutrition Project, Sri Lanka

Supported by World Vision 2008-2012.
Report prepared for International Permaculture Conference Cuba 2013 by John McKenzie & Sarah Gorman

Here is a very good read on how permaculture improved livelihood and nutrition of rural householders in Sri Lanka…


The aim of the Permaculture Project was to improve farm yields for small-holder farmers in rural districts of Sri Lanka. The project promoted mixed crop food gardens and animal raising to improve household nutrition and offer micro-enterprise opportunities. The project was funded for four years and targeted a selected 1156 smallholder households in six different districts.
Participating households received training using adult education techniques such as farm visits, farmer group meetings, training workshops and leader farmer mentoring. Direct benefits were provided; seed, chickens, fruit trees and cement for building sanitation improvements. A small number of cows and goats were supplied to each community as a start-up grant to establish Animal Banks. Each household decided for themselves how they’d implement their improvements and how they’d use the crop yield either for home consumption or for sale.


The participating households were keen supporters of the project. Near 87 % of households surveyed reported the project had assisted them and they would be continuing the techniques. Many households reported their food gardens were producing all the vegetables they needed plus surplus to share or sell.
In all six project communities the farmers had begun organising themselves and groups were forming around seed saving, animal banks and leader farmers. They spoke about networking with each other to share and increase their effectiveness, about forming local registered organisations and the possibility of forming a national organisation to promote seed saving and food gardens. The training was nominated by the participants as the project’s most useful element.
The evaluation posed the question; “Were they ready for the project to move to another community?” In each of the community meetings held the response was positively that they had the knowledge and enough organisation to continue the work themselves and project staff could move to another district and teach them there.

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