In this bush capital there is no shortage of thriving gardens, edible lawns or green-thumbed Canberrans. However, there might be a shortage of inexpensive and accessible short courses on how to take gardening to the next level – going from gardening to creating sustainable, holistic systems.
This July, the Canberra Environment Centre is teaming up with Permaculture Canberra to run a full Permaculture Design Certificate over a 6 month period. The course will take place each Wednesday evening from 6 – 9 pm at the Canberra Environment Centre and will be led by Bredbo Valley View Farm’s Martyn Noakes.
Permaculture Canberra has designed a course structure that allows permaculture to be accessible within the urban environment. Instructor Martyn Noakes comments, ‘In today’s world with the cost of living so high we keep our course prices as low as possible. Ethically we believe it’s important to make these ideas, skills and information available to the widest possible audience and price should not be the determining factor on whether people can do the course. We also live in a world where time is becoming more precious, so running the course in the evening doesn’t impose on people weekends and free time. Permaculture concepts are based in sustainable resource usage and the building of resilient food systems that can also be applied to your backyard. Permaculture focuses on working with rather than against nature, a concept that can be applied to the smallest of gardens to result in greater abundance.’
Permaculture is a design process based on systems-thinking. The Canberra Environment Centre’s PDC will cover the core Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles which serve as the foundations of Permaculture design. Participants will learn about permaculture techniques and strategies such as site observation, imitating nature and zoning and how they can be used to create an abundant, diverse and self-renewing system in your backyard and beyond. The PDC includes a practical component of at least 2 farm visits (on a Saturday morning with dates to be decided by the group) where participants will visit a variety of sites in Canberra and the ACT region.
Dates: Wednesdays, 6 July – 16 November (with a 2 week break during the ACT school holidays)
Time: 6 – 9pm Cost: $800
Limited places are available and bookings are essential, please visit www.ecoaction.com.au