Sustainability in Nimbin

Many projects start with a champion: someone who believes enough in an idea to take those perilous early risks. In our community that was Natalie Meyer. She was the team leader and able to draw on the resources…

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Greenhouse Living

Grapevines hanging from the ceiling, trees growing inside, passionfruit within an arm’s reach of the bed – Anneke van Tholen’s greenhouse home takes the term living with nature literally.


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Richard Telford

Creator of the permaculture principles calendar and the permaculture principles symbols that are used throughout this magazine.

Where do you live?

Seymour on the Goulburn River in Central…

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Random Weaving With Greenwaste

The concept behind this work is to transform greenwaste into something useful by weaving a simple bowl.

Random weaving is a traditional Japanese basketry technique used mostly for ikebana flower arrangements where the design…

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Herbal First Aid

Reclaiming Our Medicine

Many wild plants are considered weeds in Australia, but their medicinal uses are powerful. They flourish in abundance, enabling people of all kinds to use simple and effective medicine while ‘weeding’…

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Deep Ecology

Deep ecology has its origins in the ideas of Norwegian ecophilosopher Arne Næss. His ideas include the concept of Gaia: that this planet we live on is a living earth; that all living things are part of the…

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Growing Abundance in Castlemaine

Castlemaine in Central Victoria has a long history of permaculture and it’s no accident that Growing Abundance (GA) emerged here. GA is a great example of people in a country town combining to grow and share sustainable food….

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Hannah Moloney

How did you find out about permaculture?

I grew up on a city herb farm in Brisbane, my dad’s business. While I had heard about permaculture plenty of times, I…

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Carly McMahon gives us the rundown on how to turn your clothing trash into funky treasure

Have you ever had the overwhelming feeling that our wardrobes, or in many cases,…

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Djanbung Gardens 20th Anniversary Celebration

7-9 June, 2014

In 1994 Robyn Francis acquired a compacted cow pasture to create permaculture’s first purpose-designed education centre and demonstration farm as…

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Permaculture Groups

Permaculture Australia

In 2011 the long established Permaculture International Ltd registered the business name Permaculture Australia (PA) to allow it to transition into the role of representing permaculture on a…

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Robin Clayfield

Describe your garden …

Wild, abundant, full of wildlife. Some parts neat, lots messy! Always jobs to do – subtropical, so heaps of biomass to turn into compost. Alive. Quiet spots to sit, with…

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I am so happy that you are holding this magazine in your hands and reading it. It has been a long time in the making, growing from pip to peach, and here it is present in the world,…

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Permaculture In Aid

This year is International Year of the Family Farm, and two recent reports, from United Nations and European constituencies, make the case for a return of support for smallholder farmers.

The reports argue that…

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Pip Picks

Cecilia Macauley’s Pearl of Wisdom #1

Permaculture design is about solving whatever real problems people have. My clients are mostly mainstreamers, so their problems aren’t of a vegetable nature. They…

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Adam Grubb

Where do you live?

Melbourne. Inner city enough to grow bananas, thanks to the heat-island effect.

Describe your property

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Grow Your Own Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms are the yummiest variety, in my opinion. They’re also the most expensive in the shops, and it’s virtually impossible to find organic ones, at least where we live. Solution: grow your own.

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Autumn Farm

When visiting the Autumn Farm property it’s hard not to feel like you’re in a 1992 SBS screening of a foreign film, set in the heart of a family-run farm, breathing in the warmth of the grass and…

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Locavore For A Month

I think that if any of the readers of this magazine were asked if they ate local food most would say ‘yes, I shop at the local farmers’ market, grow my own vegies, swap with friends and support…

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Wandering With Wayside Weeds

I’ve spent the last seven years wandering the world, teaching people from all walks of life how to use plants to dye cloth. I didn’t carry dye materials between countries because most plants yield some kind of colour…

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Make Your Own Recycled Bunting

Decide what size and shape you’d like your flags.

Make a template, either from paper or fabric, and fold it in half. Lay the folded edge of your template onto the folded edge of the fabric you want to use. Pillowcases, scraps of fabric, old tea…

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