Katie Kristensen, Interim Newsletter & Local groups Officer

ktk_headclipKatie returned to Tasmania in 2010 after living in Perth, WA, for ten years. She now can’t imagine calling anywhere else in the world ‘home’. Residing on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, Katie is especially interested in Permaculture in suburban properties. Hoping to someday own goats and chickens, she currently navigates (with varying success) the household and gardening challenges presented by an energetic and curious young canine family member.

Katie is responsible for our monthly newsletter, as well as liaison with our Permaculture Tasmania ‘locals groups’, including looking at setting up a locals group in the Hobart/Eastern shore area.

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Welcome to Heather – Social Media Instagram volunteer

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A *huge* welcome to the *fabulous* Heather who has joined the Permaculture Tasmania team this week. Heather’s role will be as our @PermacultureTasmania Instagram guest poster, sharing inspiring posts about Permaculture principles and activities in action from across Tassie.
Heather and her husband Macca moved to the Huon valley, from Margaret River, WA, a year ago. She is a recovering High School English teacher, a mum and a passionate gardener. She studied her PDC under Jeff Nugent at Fair Harvest Permaculture with Macca and her Mum in 2013. After completing her PDC, Heather went on to teach Introductions to Oermaculture and sections of PDCs at Fair Harvest as part of their teaching team. She and Macca now work as Permaculture designers and design implementers. In their spare time they work on their salvaged house and their own gardens. And in their spare time from that, they eat good food, drink coffee, brew and drink homebrew, try to rest and be mindful and laugh at how much they still have to learn.
Check out our Instagram page for some inspiration and great ideas as she starts posting this week! Don’t forget to use #PermacultureTasmania for any posts you’d like to share too.

New membership benefit – Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps

Our *wonderful* membership officer Amy has been working on additional membership benefits with different partners. We are *thrilled* to announce a new member partnership with Apiwraps Beeswax and Kitchen Wraps.

“Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps is a business built on a firm foundation of quality, ethics and care and they are committed to a sustainable and useful alternative to plastic food storage. Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps are a healthy, eco-friendly, sustainable replacement for plastic wrap. They are handcrafted in Australia from local beeswax and GOTS Certified Organic cotton along with natural pine resin and organic coconut oil and packaged in hygienic recycled paper envelopes.”

Permaculture Tasmania current financial members will receive a *generous* 15% discount on purchases from the online store including the multipack specials (and excluding subscriptions). To access your discount code, please contact permaculturetasmania@gmail.com (with the subject line – membership officer).

Check out the website for more information: https://www.apiwraps.com.au/

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Upcoming events – Oct/Nov 2018

Wrap up of previous events

It’s been a busy October with a range of *fabulous* activities in the North and South of the state. Permaculture Tasmania was an exhibitor at the Tamar Sustainable Living Expo in Launceston on October 13th speaking to thousands of folks during the day, including Costa from Gardening Australia.

We also partnered with Sustainable Living Tasmania and Milkwood Permaculture for a *fabulous* Author Q&A and book signing. We talked and tasted wild foods and seaweed, meeting current and new members and learning lots of new recipes for items growing wild in our backyard and community.

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October 27th

  • North East Coast Break O’Day Permies catch up, St Helens (PT)
  • Natural Tomato and Garlic Organic Farm tour and social picnic, Selbourne (PT)
  • Seed Freaks – Tomato Seedling Sale (Rare & Unusual Heirlooms) and farm tour, Surges Bay.

October 28th

  • Huon Locals farm tour and social gathering, Franklin (PT)
  • Seed Freaks – Tomato Seedling Sale (Rare & Unusual Heirlooms) and farm tour, Surges Bay.

November 3rd-4th

  • Building with Bamboo workshop by Bamboo Van Diemen, New Norfolk

November 11th

  • Intro to Beekeeping, Glengary and Beaconsfield (PT) – bookings essential as numbers capped for safety.

November 17th-18th

  • Introduction to Permaculture workshop, Beaconsfield – bookings essential as numbers capped for safety – kymblech@gmail.com

November 21st

  • How to get the most out of Solar, Sustainable Living Tasmania, Hobart – RSVP essential.

November 24th-25th

  • Real Skills 4 Growing Food, Glaziers Bay, Good Life Permaculture – Bookings essential.

December 15th-16th

  • Cob building workshop, Glen Huon. – sold out

January 18th – Feb 1st 2019

  • Permaculture Design Course, Good Life Permaculture, Dodges Ferry – Bookings essential.

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Please note:

We include events here that are coordinated by Permaculture Tasmania which are denoted with a PT in brackets. Please contact permaculturetasmania@gmail.com for any queries or additions.

We also include events coordinated by our financial members and partners for upcoming events, to book for these events or any queries please contact the relevant organisation listed. Permaculture Tasmania will not be accepting RSVP or answering queries about non PT events.

Please contact permaculturetasmania@gmail.com for any additions or queries.

Upcoming events – October

It’s a busy month coming up for the Permaculture Tasmania Committee and members with a *huge* variety of events coming up.

Tamar Sustainable Living Expo Satellite events: Community composting with Costa

There are a variety of community composting gatherings in Mayfield, Pioneer Park with Costa from Gardening Australia.

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Thursday 11th October, Launceston

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Friday 13th October, Launceston

Permaculture Tasmania will be an exhibitor at the Expo all day, and also running a free compost demonstration. Check out the variety of different workshops, displays and activities as part of the Expo here: https://www.facebook.com/TamarNRM15/ Come down and say hello!

Milkwood Book Q&A with author Kirsten Bradley, Milkwood Permaculture, Hobart

Permaculture Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania are *thrilled* to bring you this event to be held at Sustainable Living Tasmania,Hobart on Thursday 18th October.

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Solar panels – Sustainable Living Tasmania

A variety of talks on Solar panels in Hobart and Launceston are occurring during October with our member, Sustainable Living Tasmania. Check out details here: https://www.slt.org.au/events

Thursday 18th October, Hobart

Coordinated by Permaculture Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania, this is a fabulous opportunity to meet Kirsten Bradley from Milkwood Permaculture and like-minded folks in Tassie for this *awesome* Q&A/meet the author event.

Kirsten Bradley + Nick Ritar left the city to start a small farm called Milkwood 10 years ago, with a dream of living simply and within their means. Since then, they’ve been growing food, cultivating community and sharing skills for down-to-earth living wherever they’ve lived or travelled. Kirsten and Nick are passionate about re-skilling households and communities to create resilient, low-impact and positive futures that are accessible to all. They currently live, grow, forage and keep bees on a small permaculture farm near Daylesford in Victoria… [Continue Reading Here for More Information…]

2018/2019 Executive Committee

And it’s a wrap! The 2017/2018 Permaculture Tasmania AGM was held today (22nd Sept) combined with a social gathering and Permaculture property tour of *fabulous* Elvenhome Eco Farmstay in Weegena, NW Tassie.

A *huge* thank you to Graham for hosting us – you can check out more about his property here: http://elvenhomefarm.com.au/

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Thank you to everyone who attended today and our *wonderful* outgoing Committee members Nick Towle, Celia Leverton, De Crompton and Heather Gaia Thorpe. A special mention to *superstar* Celia who is a founding member of Permaculture Tasmania and has been on the Committee since 2005!

Please welcome our new and ongoing Committee members for 2018/2019 (and thank you to the new Committee in advance for your work in advance!):

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Executive

Kym Blechynden, President

Amy Buettel, Membership

Kim Sanders, Treasurer

Claudia Vinson, Public Officer

Lisa Vogt, Secretary.

General Committee:

Jess Kursawe

Ruth Hall

Eric Smith.

 

*Free* Compost workshop – Beaconsfield, West Tamar

 

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Come and join Permaculture Tasmania Committee members Kym and De for this *free* compost demonstration workshop in partnership with Beaconsfield House. 

Learn how to use food scraps, green waste and other items you have in your backyard/house and turn into low cost goodness for your garden! Fun, informal and practical activity to give you the skills to get started with your own home or workplace composting with plenty of time for Q&A.

Date: Sunday 16th September 2018

Time: 10am – 1pm (times are approximate only and will be confirmed closer to the date)

Cost: Free

Location: Beaconsfield Neighbourhood House, Grubb Street, Beaconsfield

This is a satellite event as part of the Tamar Sustainable Living Expo.

For more details you can check out the event page and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/271118763706545/

Not on Facebook? Then please contact Beaconsfield Neighbourhood House or email: permaculturetasmania@gmail.com for any queries and to RSVP.

 

Launceston Permies in the Pub: Bamboo

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Date: Friday September 21st 2018

Time: 630 pm (meals available for purchase from 6pm)

Location: Gunners Arms Launceston

What:  These days you can wear it, walk on it, sleep under it and even drink it! Join us for an evening of debunking myths and demystifying your concerns about growing Bamboo and learn about varieties suited to a Tassie climate and their benefits.

This workshop will be presented by Geoff from Bamboo Van Diemen, Tassie’s only dedicated bamboo nursery in partnership with Permaculture Tasmania.

Cost:

Free for paid Permaculture Tasmania members

$5 for non members to be paid on the night.

RSVP:

To RSVP or for more information contact permaculturetasmania@gmail.com so we can keep track of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New East Coast/Break O’Day locals group focal point: Lyn Keynes

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We are *thrilled* to introduce our wonderful East Coast/Break O’Day locals: Permaculture Tasmania group coordinator, Lyn Keyes.

“I’ve recently moved to Tassie from Southern Victoria and have been involved in creating a Permaculture life for myself and my two daughters since the nineties. I loved sharing seeds, seedlings and home grown goodies and good ideas with my neighbours and friends. Being resourceful was bred into me by my dutch migrant parents who were economic refugees in the mid 1950’s. I intuitively create a frugal paradise wherever I go and it always brings me much pleasure and joy.
 
I re-visited a property I sold in 2003 and met the new owners who felt privileged to be harvesting macadamias, almonds, numerous varieties of stonefruit, apples and citrus that I had planted in the late 90s. Their property was now screened off from the road by a dense hedge of bee-food natives which were thriving and lush and only needed one summer of irrigation with a 15cm layer of straw mulch that the girls had helped me lay out.
 
Our new locals group members are learning to share ideas, knowledge and successes, ask advice and engage with each other socially. Connecting with other likeminded souls is joyful and inspiring. We recently had a Meet and Greet in St Helens so that we could put faces to the names we were connecting with on social media (fb) and are planning our first Permablitz in the not too distant future.
We look forward to welcoming more new members and learning to apply all of the Permaculture principles to our daily lives in this lovely paradise in Tasmania.
If you are based in the East Coast/Break O’Day area and want to get involved you can join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/629690354072211/?source_id=165779026894099 or email: permaculturetasmania@gmail.com and we’ll link you up.

New member benefit: Southern Harvest seeds

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Southern Harvest is a family-run business that is all about growing – growing healthy, interesting food to share with family and friends, as well as native and cottage plants that bring colour, fragrance and habitat to the garden.

Nestled on 5 acres at the foothills of Mt Wellington in southern Tasmania, our winters are cold with regular frosts, so they value (and specialise in) plants for cool climates, and have a wider range of seeds both old and new varieties, including heirloom seeds.

Southern Harvest are generously offering 10% off the prices of their seeds to PAT members from their market stall at Salamanca Market Stall at Site 98 opposite the Supreme Court (and from their online store soon too shortly – stay tuned!)

For more information: https://www.southernharvest.com.au/

 

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