The PCC stand had a good number of visitors at the Ecoburbia festival. Thank you to all the members who volunteered on the stand.

Setting up the stand


Practical brochures are popular


Good floral display despite the small allocated space


Permaculture Chat – April

How quickly the year is going!! Hard to imagine that it is already April and Easter has come and gone and quite a wet one it was. Well it must be said for wet weather that it makes a much easier job of weeding.

I hope that you are all enjoying The PCC Information Nights and the Activities that have so far occurred. Speaking of Talks those of you who were inspired by Diego Benetto to have a go at munching weeds may like to further enhance your knowledge by logging onto website which has all manner of interesting stuff such as information about easy ways to crack Bunyah nuts and how to eat them, how to use chick weed, prickly pear and nettles. It also has other info about planting garlic so you might find it an interesting read.

According to those who attended the Activity at Jean’s place it was a really good day and the sorting and saving of seeds was a worthwhile and enjoyable activity. This is something that we should all try to facilitate by saving seeds from our own gardens. Linda is a super saver of seeds and has shared many seeds with us. We need to copy her good habits.


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April activities: two events to pencil in

What is Deep Ecology? What has it and Permaculture got in common? Guest speaker John Seed will tell us all about it at our information evening night (Tuesday 21 April). Join us and bring a plate of yummy wholefood to share!


The following Sunday, we’ll get a chance to tickle our brains again for an exploration of another permaculture principle. This time, we’ll brainstorm how “Creatively use and respond to change” can help the way we operate in life and how we manage our garden or our land. For this event, you need to sign up, either online here, or at our information evening night on Tuesday 21 April.

April Information Evening

Deep Ecology and Permaculture
Guest speaker: John Seed
When: Tuesday 21 April, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

April Members Activity

Permaculture Principles Explained: “Creatively use and respond to change”
Venue: Jilliby – to be confirmed upon registration
When: Sunday 26 April, 11am to 3pm

Permaculture Chat, Jan 2015

By Shirley James

Hard to believe that it is almost February.  It seems such a short while ago that we were at the AGM in November but here we are ready to start a brand new year of Information Nights and activities.  The first Information Night is on 17th February and that is not too far away, personally I can’t wait to hear what Diego Benetto has to say about weeds and their uses for food.  I have long been a convert to using chickweed in salads but hope to find many new things to do with weeds apart from the task of pulling them out of the garden and giving them to the chooks.  Farmer’s Friend is appearing in quantities at the moment—wonder if there is a use for that!  Kerrie has been very clever finding us such a good speaker to start the year and she is working hard to keep finding them.  If you have any ideas about someone you know, who would be interested in sharing information with us do speak to her and let her know.

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Foraging wild food


Guest speaker: Diego Bonetto

Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us.

To some plantain, dandelion, chickweed and sow-thistle are a nuisance, to others they are a delicious salad and a seasonal treat. Learn about the most common species growing in your garden, along the green belts and in parks and reserves.

You see weed, Diego sees food.

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Permaculture Chat, Nov 2014

I don’t know how many of you went to Woytopia but it was a really worthwhile day. Lots of things were happening, talks, music , stalls and that includes ours which did attract quite a lot of interest and netted us some new members who were very welcome at the last Information Night. The volunteers who were there had a chance to look around because we had enough people to cover for them

The members’ talks were varied: wicking beds, trading without money, how to be a minimalist, wood fuelled ovens, Bhutanese agriculture, Friends of Coastal Open Space System, and Holgate School Garden. So in that lot there must be something of interest to everyone and it was so good to see new members giving talks.

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