Community Climate Expo Day

Permaculture Tasmania (PT) joined a select group of stall holders at the Clarence Climate Action Community Expo on Saturday 17 Nov.
The well attended event is a first for Clarence and judging by the number of positive responses and lingering attendees, it won’t be the last.

After a pretty special Acknowledgment of Country from Janice and Jamie from Seedmob, the engaging lineup of speakers were informative and diverse in topic.

Alternative economies was the theme for the day. Katie and Gemma from the Eastern Shore/Hobart Local Group chatted to folks about different opportunities available in communities to share resources, skills and time for getting things done – without depending solely on dollars for everything.

There was no shortage of examples:
Community Exchange Network Tasmania (CENTs)
Repair Cafes
Tool Libraries
Seed Banks
Produce & Surplus swapmeets / Crop Swaps
Work Exchanges ~ wwoofing / help-xing

Gifting
~ Little Free Pantries/Produce Stalls
~ Buy Nothing Groups  or Good Karma Groups  
~ Street or Little Libraries

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Bellerive for lending us a Little Library for our display props!

PT would love to hear of local Tasmanian examples of alternative economies you have seen or participated in that help build individual and community resilience where you live or work.

Tag us on Facebook, drop us a line – or even better a pic and a line, so we can share the inspiration with our members!

Join the committee – communications roles

Do you love sharing useful and motivating info/news?

Are you switched on to social media (IG or FB fluent)?

Do you know your way around newsletters or Mailchimp? Or perhaps you enjoy writing copy for eNews or the web?

Or have you had experience with WordPress websites? Or would you like to gain some?

Perhaps you excel at connecting groups, sharing info and keeping people in the loop?

If any of the above contributions caught your imagination and you have 1-2 hours/week to volunteer, read on….

PT is on the look out for at least 2 awesome committee members. We’re looking for folks who can help share the communications load (and love) more widely.
Permaculture experience is desirable but having some understanding of permaculture’s breadth, beyond the garden, is a great starting point too. More importantly you are keen to learn, share information and skills, and do good things!
Interested? Email permaculturetasmania@gmail.com and tell us a little more about your particular interest/skills and provide a couple of examples (where relevant to your area of interest).
Then let’s chat further!

2020 AGM round up

It was great to meet and catch up with everyone who attended the Permaculture Tasmania (PT) Annual General Meeting at RESEED on Saturday 19 September. The AGM Meeting video, Minutes and Reports are available to members through the members portal.

News from the day includes welcoming Melissa Thurling and James Cleave to the PT Committee.
Melissa joins us as Secretary (commencing in early November) and James’ ongoing work on our website development and tech support at events has been formalised as he officially joins the PT crew. We look forward to further introducing Melissa and James to the membership.

AGM proceedings and discussions on the day highlighted that our volunteers are committed to providing members with ongoing value in 2021 and beyond. Amidst challenges of covid times, this will include the invitation to our membership for greater input on PT’s direction going forward.

For now the role of president remains vacant. Details about the role are available here if you are keen to get involved with bringing about these changes. And we are thrilled to have a nominee available in the new year if the role remains vacant at that time.
We shall advertise for expressions of interest in committee roles assisting with communication through social media, our website and newsletter so stay tuned ūüôā

Nick Towle, co-directer of RESEED, introduces RESEED at the beginning of the property tour.

If you missed the RESEED taster tour that followed the AGM you can still catch it on our YouTube channel here.

Nick Towle, co-directer of RESEED, explains how sloped banks of the orchard had been used by previous stewards of the property and the ideal way to collect nuts from a possible future orchard extension.

Two enjoyable afternoon discussion sessions – alternative economies (led by Nick Towle and Robin Krabbe) & permaculture and climate change (led by Nick Towle and Caroline Smith) provided thought provoking ideas, lively discussion and resources for follow up.

An enormous thanks once again to Nick, Michelle and the awesome team at RESEED for hosting us, providing an incredible homemade lunch and refreshments offering, all within covid safe guideline! What legends.
You can read more about RESEED here.

Sam & Emily’s Visit

Meet Hobart/Eastern Shore local group members, Sam and Emily, featured in the most recent of PIP magazine #17. Even more recently Sam and Emily hosted a property tour for group members who were interested in seeing a permaculture design making its way from paper to reality.

Sam and Emily walked us through the many elements of their permaculture design, created with them by Good Life Permaculture, for their suburban property. They discussed implementation of the design and the different challenges and solutions used to over come them.

Eastern Shore Local Group member (and long time blogger) Helen has written about the visit with photos included. Here is the first of three posts Helen has written for her blog. Happy virtual visiting!

Join the PT committee…

Come and be our new boss!
Join the PT committee in the role of President.  


This is a minimum 1 year volunteer position based anywhere in Tassie. 

You’ll be joining an awesome team of folks who are involved in permaculture across Tassie. You don’t need to be an expert in permaculture – or anything else for that matter.  The main criteria for our team is having skills and enthusiasm to get involved, get things done, and have an interest in learning more. You’ll also need to be a current PT member.

Opportunities:

  • support from a team of like-minded folk for ideas and endeavours to promote, support and inspire permaculture living across Tasmania.  
     
  • face to face committee planning meetups and shared meal at a rad permie inspired venue (6 monthly) with fellow committee members . (Can be attended via zoom if unable to make it in person).
     
  • represent PT at events (permaculture and sustainable living events and expos)
     
  • connect with permie elders and newbies, and everyone in between, providing a rich tapestry of inspiring and enriching conversation, opportunities, experiences and learning opportunities.


President duties include:

  • chair the Committee meetings and AGM
  • media focal point (with Events Officer)
  • strategic planning and communication and consultation with members e.g. surveys
  • with Vice President, works on partnerships and cross promotion of PT with other organisations. And with the Membership Officer for member benefits.
  • work with Newsletter Officer, Events Officer, Social Media volunteers to ensure appropriate public image including social media, website and communication materials.
  • with relevant team member(s) including VP ensure appropriate briefing and recruitment of team members, and update of procedures document (with Secretary and PO).


Interested? Email¬†permaculturetasmania@gmail.com¬†and let us know why you’re interested, and what experience and¬†skills you can bring to the role.¬†
(Permaculture qualifications although highly regarded are not essential.)

Growing Mushrooms at Home with Will Borowski of Forest Fungi | Free Webinar | Thursday July 30th. 7:30pm.

Join mushroom expert Will Borowski for a lively discussion presented and hosted by Permaculture Tasmania on growing mushrooms in your own home.

Which types to start with? What can you grow them on? During the webinar, you will have the opportunity to ask all your questions directly of Will.

Will has been growing mushrooms professionally as well as teaching mushroom cultivation around the world for almost twenty years. He is the proprietor of Forest Fungi.

Permaculture Tasmania’s Winter Webinar Series is a collection of live recorded discussions with experts and thought leaders on topics related to permaculture, gardening and regenerative design. They are hosted by PT thanks to the support of our membership, but are available to anyone interested in these subjects. So please feel free to share them far and wide!

Here is the link to register for the webinar. Registration is free but required. And if you sign-up now, Zoom will add a reminder to your calendar.

Making Permaculture Stronger with Dan Palmer | Free Webinar | Thursday 18th June. 7:30pm. AEST.

Join podcaster, theorist and permaculture designer, Dan Palmer, for a discussion and Q&A on permaculture’s strengths and shortcomings, how the movement has evolved and what we all would like to see happen next.

Is the future of the movement suburban? Is it broad acre? Wither the herb spiral? Register below and find out!

Permaculture Tasmania’s Winter Webinar Series is a collection of live recorded discussions with experts and thought leaders on topics related to permaculture, gardening and regenerative design. They are hosted by PT thanks to the support of our membership, but are available to anyone interested in these subjects. So please feel free to share them far and wide!

Here is the link to register for the webinar. Registration is free but required. And if you sign-up now, Zoom will add a reminder to your calendar.

Seed Savings Tips and Tricks with Linda & Trev from Seed Freaks | Free Webinar | Thursday July 2nd. 7:30pm AEST.

Join Linda and Trev -the dynamic duo behind Seed Freaks– for a timely conversation on seeds and seed saving. Not only the ‘how to’, but also the ‘why to’. This will be followed by a Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask Linda and Trev any and all questions you may have on seed saving and seed starting.

Permaculture Tasmania’s Winter Webinar Series is a collection of live recorded discussions with experts and thought leaders on topics related to permaculture, gardening and regenerative design. They are hosted by PT thanks to the support of our membership, but are available to anyone interested in these subjects. So please feel free to share them far and wide!

Here is the link to register for the webinar. Registration is free but required. And if you sign-up now, Zoom will add a reminder to your calendar.