What is Permaculture? Sustainability Workshop

Permaculture TalkThis month's free Sustainability Workshop - every 3rd Wednesday of the month:

You've heard the buzz about this thing called Permaculture, but never really found the time or had the opportunity to have it explained? Then this jam packed free, one hour lunchtime workshop is for you (also live screened to facebook).

Workshop Date: Wednesday 17th April Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Venue: Eastwood Leisure Complex, 20 Eastwood St, Ballarat Central

In the face of a changing climate and the pressing need for our society to make some drastic changes to the way we do things to meet out Zero Carbon commitments, Permaculture offers us an alternative path forward. For nearly 20 years, Ballarat Permaculture Guild have been promoting this vision through their workshops, courses and community activism. Founder, Steve Burns, will present an outline of the main principles of the permaculture in this workshop and focus on the past and present activities of the Ballarat Permaculture Guild in our region.

According to one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren, permaculture is 'Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture' https://holmgren.com.au/about-permaculture/

Here is a video of David explaining the main principles behind Permaculture:

Free event, no booking required, but you can reserve a seat here: https://ballaratpermaculture101.eventbrite.com.au
Other links:
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Coordinated by Tim Drylie for Smart Living Ballarat

Steve Burns Bio:

Presenter Steve Burns owns and operates Chestnut Farm. Steve completed a residential PDC with David Holmgren and Fiona Buining in 2000, as well as the inaugural All Seasons PDC in 2009. He founded the Ballarat Permaculture Guild in 2008 and has twice been Convenor/President of the group, which has over 100 financial members and 1600+ members in its FaceBook group. Check out Ballarat Permaculture Guild here: www.ballaratpermacultureguild.org or on FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ballaratpermieguild/

Other courses completed:

Advanced Permaculture Principles (David Holmgren – California, USA 2005)
Certificate III in Permaculture (Beck Lowe & Virginia Solomon – Eltham College. 2011)
Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive (Dave Jacke – Milkwood PC, Australia. 2013)
Designing Education Ecosystems (Dave Jacke – Tennessee, USA. 2014)

As a permaculture trainer, Steve has been involved in the design & delivery of training since 2008. Steve was part of the Ballarat Permaculture Guild team that developed the extended PDC format known as the All Seasons PDC. This course ran one weekend a month for 12 months in 2009 and in a range of revised formats since. BPG has continued to innovate PDC delivery and is currently successfully offering a 7 weekend PDC running from January to June each year. Chestnut Farm is the current venue for the course.

After attending the inaugural event in Bolinas, CA in 2005, Steve has twice delivered with David Holmgren on the Advanced Permaculture Principles and Planning Tools workshops run by David in Australia.

Steve has delivered workshops, PDC sessions or facilitated events for The Diggers Club (largest garden club in Australia), Ballarat Permaculture Guild, The Shed (Pasadena USA), Ballarat Begonia Festival, Clunes BookTown, City of Mt Gambier, Black Barn Farm, Milkwood Permaculture, Geelong Permaculture group and others.