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Big things are afoot at Permaculture Tasmania as a new energy is flowing in and has given a boost to the organisation recently. Workshops as diverse as building with bamboo, cob building, bee-keeping, pruning and grafting, fermentation, and basic cheesemaking, as well as Permaculture Intro courses are being held throughout the state.

A network of local groups have started up and meet monthly, with skill-sharing get-togethers, social events and film nights happening.

Run by a very experienced bunch of volunteers, Permaculture Tasmania is intent on sharing skills, knowledge and resources, supporting permablitzes and building community.


3-5 May 2019, Sunshine Coast, QLD

If you’ve been lucky enough to attend the Woodford Folk Festival you’ll know Woodfordia, the 500-acre parkland on the Sunshine Coast hinterland the festival is held at. Woodfordia is maintained each year by those who attend The Planting Festival, a three day event which ensures the site remains a healthy forested parkland for the enjoyment of future generations.

It’s not just tree planting that’s the focus of the festival though—there is also music, dance, art, food, films, workshops, forums, ceremony and folklore. You can also attend a range of free masterclasses, from horticulture to how to recycle and repurpose clothes.

The Planting Festival is family-friendly with camping on-site. There are a range of ticket types with day and camping options.


26–28 April 2019, Candelo, NSW

Join a weekend celebration of arts, farming and community connection through culture. Held in the beautiful village of Candelo on the NSW South Coast, the weekend program will include traditional crafts by local artisans, inspiring speakers such as Bruce Pascoe and Charlie Massey, plenty to eat and drink, and a range of fantastic musicians from around the globe. Pip will be holding a stall at the Field Day so come and say hi!


5 May 2019

A day of celebration and action for all things permaculture! Now in its tenth year, International Permaculture Day is a chance for you to connect with the permaculture community around you and find out the why’s and how’s of permaculture in your area.

You’ll be able to visit permaculture homes, gardens and farms, and attend film screenings, permablitzes (garden makeovers) and workshops. You may even want to organise an event in your area.

You can find or upload an event in your area by visiting International Permaculture Day’s website.


9 & 10 March 2019, Kyneton, VIC
4 & 5 May 2019, Toowoomba, QLD
5 & 6 October 2019, Richmond, NSW

If you haven’t yet made it along to the Lost Trades Fair, you have more opportunities than ever, with the popular event now taking place in three states. The original fair in Kyneton will be held in March and will then travel up to Toowoomba in May and Richmond (NSW) in October.

Head along and meet the artisans and craftspeople—bookbinders, long bow makers, silversmiths, guitar makers, saddlers, woodturners, clock makers and cane weavers to name just a few of the stall holders. They will demonstrate their skills and share their knowledge about their craft. Tickets tend to sell out well in advance so don’t delay, head to the website to get yours.


March 2019, Blue Mountains, NSW

Last year the first Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail was created—38 gardens up and down the mountains were open to the public. 500 people visited from all over to see the gardens, all of which were organic and many were based on permaculture principles.

The trail is now an annual event, with the intention of encouraging other areas to create edible garden trails and inspire more people to create organic edible gardens, with the flow-on effect of better food security and fewer food miles.

With dozens of gardens open again this year, visitors will be able to talk to gardeners directly about their passions and methods, so get ready to be inspired.

For more information contact Susanne Rix on 02 4757 4231 or


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