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November 2017

14 November 2017: Practical Ways to Implement Permaculture and Earth Care Ethics

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oatley Community Hall,
61 Oatley Avenue, OATLEY,
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Continuing the theme for 2017 on practical ways we can implement Permaculture and Earth Care Ethics, How?: Familiarise and take stock of everything we grow (before we head to the supermarket). Learn about and think imaginatively of the multitude of ways of using everything we grow (herbs, fruit, vegetables, waste). Share and encourage / promote sharing of knowledge, skills, garden-bounty, Recipes, (tried and tested) and hints. Invite neighbors to help themselves of herbs (parsley, mint, lemon grass, rosemary etc.) in…

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October 2017

10 October 2017: Challenges in Land Development for Farming – Peter Hughes

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oatley Community Hall,
61 Oatley Avenue, OATLEY,
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Having moved to our new property of 30 acres on the Central Coast in December 2016, life has changed a lot for my family and I. Completing the PDC (Permaculture Design Course) in 2016 I created a design for my property based on my new-found knowledge but without the observation and experience of being on the land. Having been here for 10 months a lot has changed, and the design has evolved. I would like to share with everyone the…

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September 2017

12 September 2017: Bored with Colorbond?

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oatley Community Hall,
61 Oatley Avenue, OATLEY,
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At the next meeting of the St George/Sutherland permaculture group on Tuesday 12 September 2017, a founding member of our club, Loki, will be talking about a practical, creative and productive addition to your home. Bored with colorbond?   Wasting the sides of your house?   It’s time to get green and get vertical with edible walls and fences. Members- BYO coffee mug, bring snacks to share, garden produce or seeds to swap Non-members- $10 (Payment at door) Sign up or renew…

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August 2017

8 August 2017: Living Sustainably in the Suburbs- Guest speaker Nevin Sweeney

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oatley Community Hall,
61 Oatley Avenue, OATLEY,
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  Nevin and his family have been growing their own organic fruit and vegetables and living more sustainably on their 600m2 block in the suburb of St Clair for the past 35 years. These methods have been aided by Nevin’s completion of a Farm Technology Certificate at TAFE, Permaculture Design Course and Masters in OHS and environmental management. Their website “under the choko tree”, http://www.underthechokotree.com/ documents their permaculture life. They open for Sustainable House day (formerly Solar House Day) and…

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July 2017

11 July 2017: 5 Herbal Remedies

July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Before the invention of modern medicine, physicians and lay people alike used plants for healing and maintaining good health. Learn how to prepare 5 traditional home remedies using aloe, comfrey, turmeric, garlic and ginger. The first 5 people to RSVP to this event will receive a plant sample to take away and make a home remedy of their own.  Please note our venue has changed.  New location is Oatley Community Hall  Corner of Oatley Avenue and Neville Street, Oatley and…

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June 2017

9 June 2017: Creating Permaculture Gardens

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edith Wellington Hall,
76 Pitt St, Mortdale, NSW 2223 Australia

  For 21 years, Cecilia Macaulay has been introducing Australia Permaculture to corporate and community groups in Japan and Australia. Using ‘Permanent Agriculture’ as a metaphor, she shows how to use ‘design power’, rather than willpower, to ease ourselves into getting things done, caring for ourselves properly, and as a side effect, creating a cared-for world.  Design projects include a food forest on Necker island for Richard Branson, with Mark Garratt. Tonight Cecilia will Introduce some of her favorite projects,…

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May 2017

12 May 2017: Mini Gardens

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edith Wellington Hall,
76 Pitt St, Mortdale, NSW 2223 Australia
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Stressed? Life’s pace is too fast?  We have the answer, come along this workshop, relax and unleash your creativity while building your very own miniature garden!  It is fun to make, very low maintenance and highly therapeutic. You will need to bring: a garden themed joke to read out to the group a container, a shallow clay pot or an old ceramic salad bowl work best some cuttings of your favourite, low maintenance small plants (succulents or cactus are very…

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April 2017

9 April 2017: Hidden secrets of the Royal Botanic Gardens

April 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

  Lead by Jennifer Baxter   Get your Opal ready for travel by train to city for a permi-centric peek at the secrets of the Royal Botanic Garden. Meet at Queen Elizabeth gate near the Opera House forecourt at 10.30 am on Sunday 9 April. Finish approximately 12.30 pm. We may spend time in Cadi Jam Ora/First Encounters learning about traditional foods and challenges to colonial Australian crop farming. Option to BYO picnic in the park afterwards (or buy from a café) and look at the Planting Dreams exhibit…

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March 2017

12 March 2017: Permablitz

March 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This month St George/Sutherland Permaculture will be having a Permablitz instead of our usual Friday evening meeting.  The Permablitz will be on Sunday 12 March 2017 between 11.00 am and 2 pm. It will be a revisit of the original Permablitz back in 2009.  If you have never been involved in a Permablitz then this is your opportunity to come along and be involved in the communal gardening project.  Pruning, design, soil preparation, planting and mulching will all be part…

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February 2017

10 February 2017: History of Australian Agriculture Since Colonisation

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edith Wellington Hall,
76 Pitt St, Mortdale, NSW 2223 Australia
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The history of Australian agriculture has been full of challenges to say the least. Early European farmers tried to recreate an English farmscape, they cleared too many trees and suffered from cyclical drought and erosion whilst knowing very little about the native foods. Recent improved knowledge of our weather and ecology has seen farmers replanting shelter belts, windbreaks, using strip grazing and other advances to work with the land. Matthew Heffernan will be taking us through the changing Australian farming…

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