Permaculture Sydney North this month: Balcony gardens, organic farm tour, movie night, soap making, insect pests, courses and more.
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June 2015
Yes, we have photographic evidence of people having fun at a PSN Permabee. Outrageous!

Stephanie's garden had a wonderful winter makeover at last month's permabee. Not content with setting us just one task, our Garden Team Leaders, Shawn and Jeremy, organised a multi-project extravaganza. We built protective coverings for a veggie patch from polypipes, bamboo & netting, installed a new pond, rigged up a possum-proof (we hope!) electric fence, removed a few small problem trees, weeded, and mulched until we could no longer lift another shovel load!

We had a great mix of old and new members sharing tools, ideas, laughter, and a very fine morning tea and lunch. We even had a demonstration of how to make a micro-bat box. What's not to like? And if the possum-proof fence doesn't work, I'm guessing from the looks on Chris' & Stephanie's faces, they have some other ideas for dealing with their favourite furry friends...

So, is your garden next? Email the Garden team now:

Cat Dorey, Newsletter Editor

- Upcoming Events -

PSN June Gathering – Permaculture for balconies & small gardens – Indira Naidoo

7pm Monday 15th June, Lindfield

Indira Naidoo, one of Australia’s most popular broadcasters and author of The Edible Balcony has some great ideas for anyone trying to maximise their available space for growing food, especially for those with balconies and small gardens.

Where: Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield.

Signed copies of The Edible Balcony will be available for $40 cash on the night.

For more details click here.

Living Skills – Organic Farm Tour & Lunch

10am–1pm Saturday 20th June, Dural

If you would like to see how an organic farm is managed and ask questions about its operations, do not look further than this trip trip to Common2Us

Common2Us is a small scale, 5-acre organic market garden located in Dural. A small team of farmers produces a wide variety of chemical free, seasonal greens, vegetables and fruits, using organic farming practices.

The farm manager, Borja Valls, will take us on an extensive tour through the farm and after that will cook us lunch - a real Spanish paella!

For more details & to register click here.
PNB June Gathering – Movie & Soup night

7–9pm Thursday 25th June, Narrabeen

We're VERY excited to bring you a night of yummy food, footage and thought provoking commentary through the internationally-acclaimed permaculture documentary, Inhabit: A permaculture Perspective.

Where: Narrabeen Tramshed Arts and Community Centre, 1395 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen

Cost: $10 for guests, $7 for members

For more details click here.

Living Skills Workshop – Soap Making

2–4pm Saturday 18th July, Waverton

Margaret Mossakowska will show us how to make all-natural handmade soap using olive oil and lye, with garden herbs and essential oils for nice fragrance.

Fresh soap needs to cure for 3–6 months, so what you make at the workshop will be ready for Christmas gifts.

As we will work with strong lye and hot oil, for safety reasons the workshop is limited to eight participants and is not suitable for children.

Cost: $10 members only

For more details & to register click here.

PSN July Gathering – Daniel Yakich from New Leaf Nursery

7pm Monday 20th July, Lindfield

New Leaf Nursery at Ingleside over on the Sydney's Northern Beaches area, is not your standard Sydney nursery – it's a permaculture dream!

New Leaf specialises in sustainable living so you can find everything you need there for your next permie project – from all your usual edible plants to chickens coops.

Daniel Yakich from New Leaf will share some of his knowledge with us – stay tuned for more details closer to the event.

For more details click here.

Hornsby Local Group – Insect pests

2–4pm Sunday 9th August, Pennant Hills

Stephanie Robertson will host this hands-on workshop making fly-wire and net exclusion bags for individual fruit or branches in preparation for Spring and Summer.

We will also share our experiences with other successful methods to prevent insect and animal damage to fruit and veggies while we have a cup of  tea.

Cost of materials will be $5–10

For more details & to register click here

But wait – there's more!

Check out our events listings on our PSN and PNB websites. There are other events already listed for August, and more will be added as we finalise the details:

Permaculture Sydney North

Permaculture Northern Beaches
 - News & Fun Stuff -


Education course coming soon!

Introduction to Permaculture

We are planning an intro course which we hope to run from 10th October to 5th December. We welcome comments from interested members – if you wish to contribute ideas or suggestions, please contact:

Diana Watson
9416 2929

Diana Evans

9416 1896


Have you retrofitted your home?

We'd like to dedicate one of our monthly Lindfield gatherings this year for PSN members to share experiences of some of the ways you've transformed your homes to be more sustainable.

The format of the evening will depend upon who shows an interest in telling their stories, and we are open to suggestions – panel discussion, small group workshops, etc.

Please contact Diana if you are interested or have any questions.

Diana Watson, Education Team Leader


Announcing: Small Grants for PSN Members!

Do you have an idea for a permaculture project? We are looking for projects that will showcase Permaculture to our communities or provide a valuable learning opportunity for other PSN members, either through a permabee in a private or community garden, or as part of our education courses.

We have small grants of between $500 and $2000 available to local PSN groups and individual members.

If you have an idea, have a chat with one of the Management Committee or email your idea to us. If it sounds good, we can let you know how to apply with a full proposal.

Management Committee


This newsletter needs you!

As well as regular events, we need photos, news, reports from events, and ideas for the Fun Stuff section.

We also have a blog on our website that is sadly underused at the moment!

We usually send out the newsletter in the second Monday of the month, but you can send items & ideas to me at anytime.

Cat Dorey, Communications Team Leader

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