Recently, the committee’s own Amy (VP) and Heather (Instagram) completed their permaculture teacher training with Hannah from Good Life Permaculture and Brenna Quinlan.
It was a week of huge breakthroughs and personal growth. The week was full of opportunities to learn to teach permaculture, as well as information on how to set-up your learning environment, how to teach to people with different learning styles and how to create a good, robust teaching plan to convey the information you need.
Keep an eye out for your local educators doing rad things in your local community.
Are you looking to create a more sustainable and resilient household?
Wondering how to retrofit your current home or circumstances?
Wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use and enjoy a more satisfying, fulfilling life?
Looking to use the summer months to make some eco-friendly changes to your property?
Permaculture Tasmania is excited to be bringing to Beck Lowe to Hobart for a two (or three) day Retrosuburbia workshop. Beck is Retrosuburbia’s chief editor, project manager and education coordinator.
Workshop participants will undertake activities and exercises to help them assess their current situation and plan for the future as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss various aspects of the book.
The workshop will be held at the Sustainability Learning Centre in Hobart on the Weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November. There is an add-on day on Monday the 25th for permaculture designers, educators, interior or landscape designers and anyone else who wants to work with these groundbreaking concepts in a professional capacity.
Tickets are strictly limited in order to provide a high-value, high-contact training environment so get yours here. Also, be sure your Permaculture Tasmania membership is current as the member discount is actually more than the cost of membership. Thanks, Beck!
If you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact page. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you there!
We appointed two new life members (congratulations Hannah Moloney and Della Cooper) and welcomed two new Committee members.
Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Committee: Kym (President), Amy (V/P), Katie (Newsletter), Gordon (Events), Kim (Treasurer), Kristy (Secretary), Sherry (Public Officer) and Alexia (Membership). Thanks to our outgoing Committee members, Claudia and Steph.
1. Tell me about Tiger Hill Permaculture – how it began, why permaculture Well, while spending several years doing permaculture consulting work overseas on commercial and aid projects, I was always searching for a hill station where I could set up a project to assist locals with research and development toward permaculture. Getting access to land was no problem but getting funding was. I had studied for some time with other teachers around Australia and completed two PDCs and part of an accredited permaculture training. My father introduced me to permaculture and when I did my first PDC, that feeling of wanting to be part of global change resonated with me. When needing to get experience in the field I packed my bags and headed off overseas as I had a burning desire to work with other cultures and do aid work. Fortunately when I returned to Australia I worked toward finding that special place and started looking nation wide. As my fathers family were from Tasmania, I looked this far afield and found Tiger Hill to fit all my search needs. My dream was always to create an educational community no matter where the location. So I invested in myself and have started setting up Tiger Hill Permaculture as a farm forestry model based on permaculture design. Now I take up to 60 volunteers annually and teach them practical skills towards sustainable living. I am totally self funded from salary.
2. What permaculture principles are in action at THP? Major large scale water harvesting and storage systems, small scale water harvest and storage, gravity irrigation, capture and store food resources (preserving), companion planting, zoning, edge systems, recycling, organic food production, care for the earth, care for people, windbreak systems and multi-functional systems.
3. What are the greatest successes & challenges with THP? One of the greatest achievements is that we can grow up to 90% of our food resources here. The biggest challenge is the lack of full time participation as mostly we get people for 1 or 2 weeks which is not sustainable while I am working FIFO (fly in, fly out) from WA.
4. What is your favourite photo(s) of Tiger Hill Permaculture and why?
Photo 1: Chalet
Photo 2: Compost toilet
Photo 3: People Care
Photo 4: Catch and store energy
5. Why did you become a member of PT – and why do you think Permaculture is important for folks to get involved with? I had been doing so much work alone here and sometimes I forget there is a bigger group of people networking out there. We are finally getting some results here and now is the time to get workshops happening to showcase the results. I think it’s important for people to start making any shift towards more sustainable living. While governments don’t seem to be doing enough for supporting where our food comes from, sometimes we just have to do things ourselves. Change the thinking of one person at a time if it is necessary to start a cultural shift towards this permaculture design science.
6. Anything else you’d like folks to know? We accept help all year round and have started reaching out for long term interns (practical skills trainees). If people are interested to learn to project manage a project and consider share farming arrangements please get in touch with details on our website www.tigerhillpermaculture.net
Tasmanian showcasing Tassie Wild Foods, Beaconsfield this Saturday
Rees Campbell, Wynyard based author of Eat Wild Tasmanian, will present a
Tassie Wild Food workshop in Beaconsfield this Saturday 1st June
“Our Tasmanian edible
native plants should be so much more than just “gourmet garnishes” on
the edge of expensive restaurant dishes, they can be the main event in a home-cooked
family meal, says Ms Rees Campbell, aka Feisty Tasmanian.
“We want to promote
Tasmanian plants as useful, functional, edible…conservation through
gastronomy. Almost all of these plants can be easily grown in our gardens –
they are, after all, Tasmanian natives,” says Ms Campbell.
Rees will be showcasing a variety of
Tasmanian Wild Foods, many grown in her Wynyard property Murnong Wild Food
Garden, including recipes and food tastings.
“We are thrilled to host this
workshop to learn more about Tassie Wild Foods that we can and can’t eat,”
says Ms Kym Blechynden, President, Permaculture Tasmania.
“Many people are unaware of the
amazing foods we can grow and eat that are from Tasmania. In addition to the
great taste, eating locally grown foods means low food miles and less impact on
the environment than if our food was flown in from overseas, says Ms
Rees Campbell is the
Wynyard based author of Eat Wild
Tasmanian, which explores 138 edible Tasmanian native plants. It shows you
what they look like and how to grow them, as well as 100 recipes to enjoy. For
more information: https://feistytasmanian.com/
Media contact: Ms Kym Blechynden 0402 317 812 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo opportunity and interviews with Kym and Rees in the lead up to the
event in Wynyard and Launceston, and on Saturday 1st June from 10am
at Beaconsfield House, Grubb Street. There will be a variety of Tasmanian Wild
Foods – as fresh ingredients and various prepared recipes – to taste and