The story so far

Tamara left Bunyip in April 2009 seeking what she needed to know for her permaculture future. She spent 9 months at her Aunt Catherine's farm in Arid South Australia, then 9 months at Bill and Lisa Mollison's farm in Tasmania. Now she's off on more adventures starting Moonrise School of Permaculture and teaching Permaculture Design Courses in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. Ducky is there for the journey...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Permaculture Winter in Belgrave - with Ducks!

Its hard to believe that my last post was written in January!! What a slack blogger I have been. But I haven't been doing nothing - Taj and I have been teaching two Permaculture Design Certificates (the 72 hour internationally recognised course abbreviated to PDC), I've been back in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden at the Aspendale Gardens Primary School and I've studied hard at the Edible Forest Garden with Dave Jacke course at Milkwood Permaculture!

Its winter and in true permaculture style I am sitting outdoors at my little coffee table enjoying the cloudy daylight. The ducks - yes ducks as in plural - Ducky has some new friends - two lady ducks called Boodicca and Drusticc - have just found the lush grass around the grey water outlet for the house - which needs some designing done to clean and reuse it. We are thinking maybe bathtubs with reed beds leading to a duck/prawn growing system near the water tank green house... none of which exist at this stage, but as ideas we are enjoying the thoughts!

The ducks have just started to lay eggs, this morning I got eggs 7 and 8 and so far they've all gone to the house upstairs - my permaculture community that lives 2 minutes away from my nice private little studio. I have a view of the acre or so of the land we have here. It is glorious to see Ducky and two white pekins in the lush green landscape searching for goodies; very picturesque with the Crimson Rosella adults and juveniles nibbling seed on the swale.

Where to start! The previous post is about starting the Wednesday night PDC and advertising the upcoming saturday PDC. Well the saturday course finished last weekend with some brilliant permaculture designs presented by the four awesome graduates. We were super impressed with the designs, and astonished at the level of effort and research that had gone into them. Where people had done patch designs, they had taken the forest garden technique of resource partitioning guilds and had researched not only the needs of fruit, vegies and vines, but also their root structures so sun and soil space was shared. I could have been knocked over with a feather!!!

It was a little sad to say goodbye to the class; over the last few months we've spent many days together learning and designing but it felt awesome to unleash some more permies on an unsuspecting world. The PDC is supposed to be transformational and I am pretty sure this one was. For Taj and myself as well. This was Taj's first PDC and only my fourth so it was a huge achievement for both of us. Taj is also the queen of admin, organisation and class resources - you can see some of her notes and at her blog:

What else is happening? The Wednesday night class from my last blog has been going for nearly 6 months and many evenings and dinners have been shared. There comes a point in a course where people have gotten to know each other and it becomes a night out with friends as well as a learning experience. The communal meals each week have been part of that - sharing food that you have made with people creates bonds that you just don't get in situations without food. Food is a fundamental part of our culture as humans, we've been sharing food and fire for millennia. This class finishes in the next few weeks and the permaculture family we've built will stop meeting weekly - hopefully people will visit me at Permaculture Breakfast at Magpie Cafe in Upwey. Some of the students are refusing to stop coming... they may be helping with the next course and possibly teaching on it, so we'll see.

And now to tell you about the next PDC course! It starts on Wednesday July 10 and runs for 6 months. We are starting at almost mid-winter and will travel with the sun as spring and summer return. Here is the write up:

July 10 2013 Permaculture Design Certificate
Join The Perma Pixie and Tamara Griffiths this winter as we snuggle up next to the combustion stove with tea constantly brewing and share our knowledge and experience about the wonderful world of Permaculture!
The course will run through spring and into summer, when we will start to put our winter lessons into practice and get our hands dirty!
Permaculture was what lead us to believe we can make a positive change in our world, helping to heal the environment, bring ecology back to a healthy equilibrium and give ourselves an inherent sense of well-being through this work. We hope others will find the same sense of connection to their surrounds and empowerment within themselves through our courses. 

A full 72 hr PDC which aims to empower and inspire students to continue their lives with a sustainable and conscious outlook.
Topics covered include:
- Permaculture Principles and Ethics
- Ecology
- Patterns in Nature
- Methods of Design
- Water
- Soils
- Animal Systems
- Community and Social Permaculture
- Forests and Plants
- Wild Foods and Herbal Medicine skillday
- Food Forests

The course is Wednesday evenings for 3 hrs from 6:00pm - 9:30pm, and runs for the duration of 6 months. This is to accommodate for peoples busy lives and ensure that we keep warm by the heat of the combustion stove for the winter evenings while we learn some theory, before stepping out and getting our hands dirty in spring!

Cost: $700 waged, $500 concession
Payment plans available - talk to us

Join Tamara Griffiths and Taj Scicluna (The Perma Pixie) as we continue our journey to revolutionize the world through Permaculture.
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Tamara and Taj at the recent PDC excursion!

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