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Djanbung Gardens open day team. Photo supplied.
Djanbung Gardens open day team. Photo supplied.

Designing for disaster and reducing the impacts of events like the recent cyclone Debbie is just one of the events taking place at the annual Permaculture Open Day at Nimbin’s Djanbung Gardens on Saturday May 13.

The theme is ‘beyond sustainability – building resilience in a changing world’.

The day will incorporate inspiring and informative workshops on diverse topics including using bamboo tools, building soil with compost, worms, growing food year-round, permaculture gardens in schools and beneficial fungi.

Robyn Francis will talk about how the Djanbung Gardens worked so effectively during the recent floods. The property received over 500mm of rain in 24 hours, with no water damage.

‘Permaculture design is mindful of disaster,’ said Francis .

‘Good planning and preparation can make a huge difference to reduce damage.

‘Design for disaster is increasingly important for properties and communities as climate change increases their frequency and severity.’

Djanbung Gardens is an internationally renowned permaculture farm and home of Permaculture College Australia (PCA). Located at 74 Cecil St, Nimbin, just 300m past the Nimbin showground. Entry is by donation: $5 or gold coin concession, Kids free.

PCA is sponsoring this event as a fundraiser for Permaculture Australia for its 30th anniversary since incorporation in 1987.

In the evening a special fundraising dinner will be held at 6.30pm featuring local food by permaculture chef Melian Fertl, plus entertainment and speakers. Bookings essential.


On Sunday 14 May Permaculture Australia members will gather for a visioning workshop, AGM and inaugural election of the Permaculture Australia Representative Council.

Members need to register for the Sunday program. For more information visit their website. 

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