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Permaculture Australia is encouraging permies all over Australia to open their farms and gardens to the public. This will introduce permaculture to more people, encourage social interaction with like-minded citizens and help fundraise towards the operating costs of Permaculture Australia, Permafund and your local permaculture group.

To access an interactive map and the listings, visit Permaculture Australia’s website.


Did you know about the Pip Classifieds? It’s the go-to place for your who, what, why and where questions. If you are looking for something permaculture specific or if you have something to sell or promote, you can do it in the Pip Classifieds.

Buy and sell, real estate, upcoming courses, job opportunities, building consultants, design consultants, markets, swap meets, volunteerism and more are featured as part of the classifieds. It only costs a small fee to advertise, and is free if you’re a not for profit.

You can secure your spot online or send your details to or visit


3 October 2018, Pocket City Farms, Camperdown

If you missed out on seeing David Holmgren launch his new book RetroSuburbia earlier in the year, there are still chances to see him. A RetroSuburbia book launch will be held at Pocket City Farms in Sydney in October. This popular and thriving urban farm is the perfect location for this event as it demonstrates what David talks about in his book.

For more information on this event and others, visit David’s website.


1 – 15 September 2018,

St Kilda, Melbourne

The Seedwell Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is open to all members of the community. Taught by Stuart Muir Wilson, this PDC will also feature Frances Mollison as a guest teacher.

It is being run at Seedwell’s St Kilda site, which is a unique setting with a focus on social justice and supporting young people. Participants will have the chance to learn permaculture principles in a setting that combines theory and practical skills.

This PDC also supports food security in the inner city and is helping create beautiful and sustainable spaces for two local charities.

For more information or to book your spot call Sharnia on (03) 9415 8700.


22 September 2018

For many people a car is a necessity, yet it’s good to remind ourselves that we can be less reliant on them than we are. World Carfree Day asks us to abandon the car and instead make use of other forms of transport, whether it be the bus, train, a bike or our own feet.

World Carfree Day wants to draw attention to the impact cars have on our planet and to get politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile. On an individual level, you might find the day extends into a week, or a month … give it a go!


29 July 2018

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. National Tree Day is a prompt to do something positive for your local environment and community. Since it started back in 1996, more than 3.8 million people across the country have planted 23 million trees and plants on this day.

There are many ways to get involved, whether it be at your work, school, somewhere in your wider community or even in your own backyard.

The National Tree Day website can help you locate a park, garden, reserve, bushland or foreshore area near you that will be hosting an event as part of the day.


Thanks to everyone who nominated a person or project for the 2018 Pip Awards. We received lots of fantastic entries and enjoyed reading about all of the people who are making great things happen around Australia.

The winner of the Best Permie Project is Green Connect, and the Permie Of The Year award goes to Aaron Sorensen.

Find out more about the winning project and person and finalists on pages 36 and 64.


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