Be prepared for future environment

ARE YOU keen to learn how to grow your own vegetables, enrich your soil and enhance the vitality of your home environment?

Commencing Friday, March 11, the Permaculture College Australia is offering a special part-time permaculture design course in Bellingen and Nambucca Heads over autumn.

Permaculture is all about designing your living environment based on ecological and biological principles, often using patterns that occur in nature to maximise effect and minimise work.

The result is a sustainable environment, where wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored.

These principles are very much in tune with the recent resurgence of sustainability initiatives in the Bellingen Shire and other areas such as Transition Towns, Permablitz and community gardens.

The course is based on an internationally-recognised curriculum and will provide participants with practical knowledge and tools for developing resilient and abundant communities, in keeping with the tried and tested procedures now working in more than 130 countries around the world.

Leading the training line-up will be Robyn Francis, award-winning permaculture pioneer, who walks her talk at Djanbung Gardens, a purpose-built training centre in the Nimbin Valley.

Robyn taught the region’s first permaculture courses in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen in the early 1990s and hopes some permaculture veterans will use this opportunity to do a refresher course – at a special reduced fee.

Permaculture teacher and practitioner Janelle Schafer will also be teaching parts of the course.

The course will be conducted in four, three-day blocks (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from March to June; two blocks in Bellingen and two in Nambucca.

The course fee is $750 for waged participants, $650 for unwaged. Organiser Joe Walker said he had worked hard to keep the 72-plus hour, 12-day course affordable and accessible to as many as possible. Course participants will be invited to bring food to share for some pot-luck meals as the course fee does not include any catering, apart from hot drinks.

For information contact Joe Walker 0438 516 351, for registration phone 6689 1755.

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