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Next meeting

Workshop on Zone 1: Everybody has it - zoning for the urban garden - by Jack Thieme Zoning is a principle of permaculture design that is a basic place to start if you want to get your garden design right. There are 5 zones in the zoning principle but we usually don’t all have five zones in our properties. In fact, most of us are in urban situations but we have at least a Zone 1. Agenda We will begin with a short planning meeting at 6pm, and then we will have: Jack Thieme - workshop on Zone 1 Break – networking, snack (please bring a plate to share), produce/seedlings to swap (limes, honey ??), Plant of the Month – Permaculture fruit tree harvest bounty.Ross’ garden is overflowing with fruit at the moment and so he will be bringing some interesting fruits in for us to try and to learn the art of growing them here in Newcastle. Here’s a few of them: Guava, Cherry Guava, Acerola Cherry, Tamarillo, Icecream Bean, and Fejoa. "My Garden" segment - Katy and Matt will give an overview of David Holmgren's Melliodora after a house and garden tour. For those who don’t know, while Bill Mollison is known as the father of Permaculture, David wrote the thesis and when he graduated he experimented with it on his mother's farm, and then on a small acreage called Melliodora in Hepburn Springs, about 1.5 hours north of Melbourne. He lives there with a very small Ecological Footprint with his partner Su, and undertakes restorative techniques to reverse earlier damage.

About Us

Permaculture hunter is a community group of people who are passionate about Permaculture. Our members are from all over the hunter valley and include a diverse range of people - from Permaculture farmers on large rural properties, right through to city-dwellers with balcony gardens. We are a not-for-profit organisation, run by a volunteer committee and we hold bi-monthly 'Permaculture Evenings' with fascinating guest speakers who talk about a broad range of permaculture topics.

What permaculture is about

The word 'Permaculture' is a combination of the words 'permanent' and 'agriculture' (or 'culture'). Permaculture is about using a systems-based, holistic approach to design productive and abundant agricultural ecosystems that protect and enhance the environment. It's clever design. It's about growing food by working with nature, not against it. It's also about fostering a sense of community, developing social and economic strength and resilience. Designing natures abundance!
Our community is all inclusive, regardless of skill or experience. All are welcome!

Our Activities

We hold a range of activities, including:

  • Bi-Monthly permy evenings

  • Field days

  • Excursions

  • Garden blitzes

  • Workshops and hands on learning

  • Swap meets

  • Social gatherings

  • And most importantly, we eat delicious food.

Our Committee

Our committee is completely volunteer run and consists of people with a range of permaculture experience. We are a diverse bunch, and our committee consists of an eclectic mix of artists, librarians, engineers, retirees and plant nerds. We have a broad range of skills and passions to bring to the table, and we are united by our love of nature. We have lots of fun planning permaculture events and new members and volunteers are always greatly appreciated!