28th March Introduction to Permaculture




Beck Lowe ran this presentation and engaged 20 people in an interesting exchange of experiences in growing food in poor soils, under low rainfall conditions and from a permaculture perspective at Heathcote. Beck’s talk explained the twelve permaculture principles represented by the  icons below.


These twelve principles surround the core permaculture ethics of Earth care, Fair share and People care. All this is explained on the website http://permacultureprinciples.com/ethics/ which looks like a very good resource for any of us wanting to reinforce what we learnt from Beck or indeed for anyone wanting to know about permaculture.



Beck finished the session with examples of permaculture happening locally. These would certainly appear to be worth a visit. Details can be gained from:

The Hub Plot Castlemaine


Newstead community Garden


Growing abundance Castlemaine


Continuing education Castlemaine have wicking gardens established on a car park


Maryborough Street Harvest. Sharing of locally grown produce. Drop off and pick up point at Resource Centre. http://www.gpstreetharvest.org.au/

Maryborough Community Garden being developed at 27 Wills St Maryborough

Gravel Hill Gardens   Bendigo

(2006 information) http://holmgren.eatthesuburbs.org/DLFiles/PDFs/GravelHillBrochure06.pdf


Beck is associated with a VET permaculture course in Castlemaine. Details of this are at


or Beck can be contacted at beck@cydoniapermaculture.com.au