Melissa Cooper is founder and operator of Eco Chooks & Sustainable Education and has been the principle facilitator/speaker since the company’s conception 8 years ago. Melissa is in demand as a keynote speaker on the Topic of Keeping Chickens and is affectionately known as the “ Chicken Whisperer”. She has seen the demand from not only the public but also Councils throughout Australia to implement an interactive workshop to help reduce household waste and provide education to families wanting to create a more sustainable future. Melissa is also the Author of the Best Selling Book “Keeping Chickens – A Backyard Journey”, and loves nothing more than to share her chicken wisdom with eager and willing listeners. Continue reading Information Evening – Chook keeping→
How’s you New Year going so far? Your gardens must be pumping lots of food and flowers, and must be buzzing with life!
Just a quick heads-up… We’re working at organizing a two to three-day tour this autumn to see beautiful, functioning, productive permaculture places down South … John Champagne’s and his neighbours, Claude and Helene’s places sit high on our list for this South Tour!
But if you can’t wait for autumn, do seek to make your way down in Brogo in the Bega Valley this coming 29 Jan or 6 Feb for their open gardens!
Or… patiently wait to hear back details from us as we are gathering more properties to include in this South Tour!
Permaculture Central Coast is on a break for a while but that’s not to say we’re laying idle. We’ll still be doing what we normally do as Permaculture is found and can be applied to everything and everyone in our lives, every day, right?
We shall officially return for the new year with our next Information Evening on Tuesday 16th February.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, with peace and fulfillment in whatever you do. To all our Permie members and friends far and wide, we wish you well and hope to catch up in twenty-sixteen.
Permaculture Central Coast has been promoting the cause for many years and is useful to many people. At its helm are interested and engaged people who have families, jobs, businesses, homes, farms and animals just like you. These people are able to cope with their executive positions in their spare time but some have been doing so for quite a long time so would appreciate a break. Every year all the positions are declared vacant and nominations are called for. Please consider nominating for a position because new people can bring fresh ideas. We definitely welcome and need new blood and new ideas. It doesn’t matter if you have never done this sort of thing before because the present office bearers will be happy to give you any help you ask for.
Please consider this but even if you do not wish to nominate please don’t let it keep you from the last Information Night of the year.
After the AGM, we have 6 speakers who have volunteered to run mini-workshops on these topics :
Sourdough bread making
Design a fruit guild
Dehydrating fruit, veg and other
Making lip balms, deodorant etc
Making paper beads and paper gift bags
Growing gourmet mushrooms
We won’t have time to consequently run these mini-workshops in one evening. So we’ll run them 3 times in parallel, like we did 2 years ago. This means that you can only attend 3 workshops so choose your topics carefully !
If there’s enough interest, we may run another series of mini-workshops next year.
Mark is a farm manager and educator at Purple Pear Farm near Maitland in the Hunter Valley. He became involved with the ASFA at its inception when Dr Nick Rose invited a group of farmers and food activists to comment on the manifesto he had put together. This was followed by a planning session in Randwick to frame the direction for the group. With his partner Kate, Mark has been involved in Community Supported Agriculture at Purple Pear Farm and has been an active participant in Slow Foods Hunter Valley, Permaculture Hunter and the Hunter Organic growers as well as Hunter Biodynamic Group activities and administration.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance has grown out of a need to ensure we maintain not only food security but ownership or sovereignty of our food. Pressure from governments and corporations to control the food system has tried to take away that access to the most basic of human needs. The Government White Paper on food distribution showed us that the small players were not being considered and the peoples food plan was established as a way to inform Government of the desires of the community. The group has been modelled to an extent on the International Peasant Farmers movement “LaVia Campesina” and has recently produced a movie highlighting the positive actions of small producers in the Australian Food Industry.
Jake is a passionate conservationist and bush craft teacher specializing in edible and medicinal native and introduced plants. Jake is fast becoming known as one of the foremost authorities on edible and medicinal plants and was recently referred to as a “Bush Tucker Guru” by the Daily Telegraph. Jake has spent most of life fine tuning his survival knowledge in what he calls “The University of the Bush”. Jake has taught himself much of what he knows through personal experience going out and living off the land for weeks at a time and from his extensive amount of books and documentaries he has acquired (over 20 years) on native and exotic plants and their traditional uses. Jake has spent literally hundreds of nights in the Australian bush and has been blessed to spend time with much respected elders in NSW and Central and Western Australia. Jake has also given presentations along with well known people in Botany/conservation such as Les Robinson, Alan Fairley and Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia). Always accompanied by his canine counterpart, “Benson” the Staffy Cross, Jake has performed bush tucker presentations, tours and camps for a variety of community groups and organisations. Some of these include presentations and/or tours for Pre-Schools, Primary and High Schools T.A.F.Es, Sydney (Western) and Newcastle Universities, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers, Army Survival Instructors, Gosford Show, Peats Ridge Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Subsonic Festival, R.E.G.E.N and many more.Continue reading Information Evening – Bush Tucker→
Since completing a PDC in 1995 Peter & Silvia have been building a Permaculture demonstration site on what was a 100 year old Cut flower farm in Olinda above Melbourne. The 15 acre property now has over 1000 varieties of fruiting plants from apples- avocadoes. This is all managed by the milking sheep, goats and Llama as well as all the rare breed poultry.
From here they run PDC’s plus classes in Cheese making, Cider & fruit wines, Heritage Fruits classes, Biodynamics and units of the Diploma of PC that Peter partnered Virginia to get started at Eltham College in 2008 just to name a few.