National Permaculture Day


It’s National Permaculture Day on May 1, 2011.

Apart from being a system of growing fresh food all year round, the rise of permaculture is also knitting communities together who help each other establish productive gardens and share knowledge, information and friendship.

Here at Ecofilms we’re looking forward to attending our local Permaculture Day held at Yandina Community Gardens on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Jane from Ecofilms will be manning our stall. Hope to see you there.

SBS’s Greek Garden Guru, Costa, of ’Costa’s Garden Odyssey’ fame, will be hitting the Sunshine Coast to celebrate National Permaculture Day on Sunday May 1st at the ‘award-winning’ Yandina Community Gardens. (The Gardens were the recipients of the Sunshine Coast Council’s “Glossies” Award for Edible Landscapes in 2010).

Costa will be opening the celebrations at 10.30am and will then spend the day wandering around the gardens, talking with locals and visitors. As gardeners everywhere have embraced Costa’s all-consuming passion for plants and people, permaculture members are thrilled that Costa would take the time out of his extremely busy schedule to visit us and share his infectious character and passion for the soil, embracing nature’s cycles and seasons, and nurturing our soul with gardening.

National Permaculture Day will also have wonderful presentations from the likes of Bob Cameron from RockCote, speaking on pizza cob ovens; Murray Hallam of Practical Aquaponics, talking all things aquaponics; Elisabeth Fekonia of Permaculture RealFood speaking on sub-tropical plants and Rosina Buckman sharing her passion on backyard chooks.

Everyone is welcome to come along to Yandina Community Gardens on Sunday the 1st of May for a celebration of permaculture, gardens, nature, music and good food. Gates open at 9.30am, bring the whole family to share in this special day!



Sunday 1st May 2011
Yandina Community Gardens & ’The Blue House’
Cnr North and Farrell Streets, Yandina
Day Program and Presentations:
10.30 – 11.30am Costa from SBS’s “Costa’s Garden Odyssey” will be opening our National Permaculture Day and will spend the day with us
11.30 – 12 noon Garden Tour of the ‘award winning’ Yandina Community Gardens
12 noon – 12.30pm Presentation by Bob Cameron from RockCote, speaking on Pizza Cob Ovens.
12.30 – 1pm Garden Tour of the ‘award winning’ Yandina Community Gardens
1pm – 1.30pm Murray Hallam from Practical Aquaponics will speak about all things aquaponic
1.30pm – 2pm Garden Tour of the ‘award winning’ Yandina Community Gardens
2pm – 3pm Costa from SBS’s “Costa’s Garden Odyssey” will deliver his talk in the Masonic Hall across the road from the Gardens
3pm – 3.30pm Garden Tour of the ‘award winning’ Yandina Community Gardens
3.30pm – 4pm Elisabeth Fekonia from Permaculture RealFood speaking on Sub-Tropical Plants
4pm – 4.30pm Garden Tour of the ‘award winning’ Yandina Community Gardens
4.30pm – 5pm Rosina Buckman, winner of the Sunshine Coast Council’s ‘Edible Landscape’ Award for 2009, will be sharing her passion on Backyard Chooks
Gates open at 9.30am.
Cost $10 per person. Children U15 Free. Family $15
Tea, coffee and mouth-watering organic food can be purchased all day, supplied by Chocolate Jungle Organic Cafe
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Radio Interview

ABC Radio here in Australia recently interviewed Geoff Lawton  Managing Director of the Permaculture Research Institute; Kat Lavers, permaculturalist, Melbourne; Liz Silvolli, gardner in Bega southern NSW

Listen to the ABC Radio Interview

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Visit the main Permaculture Day website