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Hi there members and friends,

Tonnes of stuff happening over the next couple of months and beyond.  Let's get into it!

Permaculture SA - Annual General Meeting
Saturday 19th September

Eric (our Treasurer) and Craig Wilkins (CEO Conservation SA) at last years AGM at Glandore

Our AGM and Spring Gathering is coming up:

1.45 for 2pm Saturday 19th September
The Joinery 111 Franklin Street Adelaide

In addition to the formal part of the day, which we hope to keep fairly brief, there will be talks and tours of the Joinery and the Common Ground garden from Craig Wilkins, CEO of Conservation SA, and Mark Kruszynski of the Common Ground garden programme. We also plan to get in some pretty tempting local organic catering for afternoon tea!

Members and non-members are all welcome, but of course only members get a vote in the meeting.

If you are a current member, you should have received a separate formal notification by email.  If you thought you were current and didn't get the notification, you can follow up your membership status at

Here is the formal notification with the AGM agenda.

Seed Freedom Food Festival
Saturday 26th September

The Seed Freedom Food Festival is back for its second year, and this time Permaculture SA will be holding a stall at the event, along with Dr Keri Chiveralls of the Central Queensland University's new Permaculture Programme (see item below).

For more info in the festival, see their Facebook page.

Can anybody help out being on our stall and talking permaculture to festival goers? If so, please contact Atma on 0431 861079 or

Food Forest Open Day
Sunday 11th October

"Our productive organic market garden, chicken tractor, solar-powered house, drought hardy orchards and straw-bale buildings will all be on show at The Food Forest's Spring Open Day on Sunday 11 Oct. The morning session concentrates on strawbale construction and sustainable building design (with specialist architect, builder and engineer) and the pm features permaculture tours of gardens and orchards. "

More info at The Food Forest website.

Natural Resources Centre
Steering Group Members Needed

The Urban Adelaide Community-run Natural Resource Centre (cNRC) are seeking expressions of interest for volunteer members of its Steering Group.  The Steering Group will support the cNRC Coordinator to
run community engagement and capacity building activities to increase participation in natural resources management across the Adelaide metropolitan area.  Themes of the cNRC are sustainable food and water, biodiversity and liveability.

They are looking for people with project and volunteer management skills, knowledge of environmental issues in South Australia, networks in natural resource management in Adelaide, and media awareness skills.

Expressions of Interest addressing attached questions to be received by noon on
Monday 14 September. Please email Tina Gillespie 

Future Transport Festival

"Solar Car Tokai Challenger" by Hideki Kimura, Kouhei Sagawa 
(Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons -

Wednesday 21 - Sunday 25 October
The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Conservation SA's Future Transport Festival will be at the Joinery to coincide with the World Solar Challenge. It will be packed full of exhibitions, workshops, presentations and electric car displays. 

Sustainable House Day - Aldinga Arts EcoVillage
Sunday 13th September 

Four households in the village will be giving tours showing and describing the individual features that make their home sustainable. There will be talks on the farm about our waste water treatment plant, 
the worm farm and the village green market garden. The Arts Cooperative will be open for viewing works of art from our village artists. There will be food for sale at our Pop Up Cafe, including soups, cakes 
and hot beverages. It will be a day of interest and learning about living a sustainable 

More info at sustainable house day.

Graduate Certificate in Permaculture

Central Queensland have been working with Graham and Annmarie Brookman at the Food Forest, permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, and other permaculture luminaries to deliver the first fully accredited university permaculture program to the world.  

Program Coordinator Dr Keri Chiveralls and Senior Lecturer Lucy Legan will coordinate input from these permaculture designers and academics from a large range of disciplines.  Keri will be available to talk about the programme at the Permaculture SA / CQUni stall at the Seed Freedom Food Festival on Saturday 2 September (see article above).

In 2016 a Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design will be offered. In 2017 the plan is to also introduce the Graduate Diploma and Masters. Each program will be part-time for 1 year.  Since they are graduate level courses, a bachelors degree is generally needed to enrol, however other relevant experience and qualifications can be taken into account. 

The courses will be delivered through online facilities and strategic teaching locations where students can come together for intensive face-to-face learning blocks, so the permaculture programs will be available worldwide.

A feature of the Grad Certificate is a 'residential'  to be held at one of the permaculture teaching sites which currently include The Food Forest and Kul Kul Farm at The Green School in Bali. Further sites will be sought during the upcoming International Permaculture Conference. The Grad Cert will thus also satisfy the requirements and the spirit of the World-recognised PDC.

Australian students can defer fees on FeeHELP and the University is offering a number of scholarships for International students.

More info at the Central Queensland University website..

(Text for this article largely stolen and adapted from the latest Food Forest newsletter.)

Clearly I need to do these things more often, so that they are shorter both to read and to write!


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