What's On

Permaculture Sydney North creates empowered, resilient and sustainable communities by teaching people skills in permaculture and self sufficiency.  We run a range of practical, hand-on workshops and courses, and we bring in guest speakers on a range of topics close to our hearts. Our education is fun and a great way to connect with a like-minded community.  Many events are free for members, and our paid courses are affordably priced. 

Upcoming events

    • 10 Aug 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Hornsby
    • 9

    Topic;  Transition Towns - rebuilding social networks in a peak-oil world.

     Imagine a world where we no longer rely on oil for transportation or fuelling our economy.

    Rather, we live in local communities where we collectively;

    grow our own food, trade goods, swap ideas about health and lifestyle and exchange services using a local currency.

    This scenario is called a Transition Town (TT) and it’s not some distant utopian vision; it’s already happening around the world, including here in Australia.

    This month we will gather at Nick Reefman's home to discover and discuss this growing phenomenon. 

    To find out more that is happening in the Sydney Basin Bioregion go to this site;

     http://www.transitionsydney.org.au/index.php/resources/what-is-a-transition-initiative

    Be sure to watch the free movie Transition 1.0 on Vimeo

     http://vimeo.com/8029815

    Book early limited spaces.....

    • 16 Aug 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Waverton
    • 20
      
    Living Skills Workshop:
    Natural Skincare
    August 16th,
    Waverton


    Come to learn how to treat your skin and hair using natural components. Creams, lotions, hair treatments, scrubs etc can be made at home very easily, mainly from ingredients commonly found in most households and using simple kitchen utensils. 

    We will also make a basic cream from a herbal tea and beeswax melted in warm almond oil. Everyone will take home a jar of the cream.

    This workshop will be conducted by Margaret Mossakowska.


    What to bring:
    • a notebook to make notes
    Register by clicking on the "Register" button. If you have problems with registering, please email mmossakowska@yahoo.com.au

    • 17 Aug 2014
    • 2:18 PM - 5:18 PM
    • Turramurra
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     

     

    Ku-ring-gai Local group meeting – August 17th 2.30-5.30.

      Fermentation Workshop - Turramurra.

    Fermenting is a very old method of preserving surplus harvest. What's more, fermented foods are full of beneficial microbes which help to boost the body's immune system and relieve symptoms of some medical conditions. With winter vegetables maturing now, learn how to ferment them to make delicious sauerkraut, rotkraut and beet kvass.

    With Margaret Mossakowska showing us, we will all make and take home a jar of fermented vegetables. Jill Fisher has kindly donated her kitchen for the afternoon.

    Everyone will need the following: (available from Ikea & others)

    Margaret has offered to buy the vegetables and salt, which will cost about $5 dollars for each person. If you prefer to bring your own home grown vegetables, let me know so I can tell Margaret.

    Regrettably, we have to limit our numbers to 10 because of space and safety.

    You must register because of the limit on numbers

    It should be fun.

    Diana Evans devans2@optusnet.com.au 94161896

    Libby Crichton libbycrichton@gmail.com 99830809

     

     

    • 18 Aug 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

    Pete the Permie - Permaculture Professional & Heritage Fruit-tree Specialist

    Peter Allen aka Pete the Permie will speak to us about the issue facing the 'Professional Permie', with illustrations from Peter & Sylvia's own three micro businesses (including a nursery) and their new Professional Permaculture Guild. The Guild was established in response to the tensions that have arisen between the 'community permie' and the 'business permie', the right to make a livelihood from permaculture, the rise of a new young permie generation, and their needs for more formal education beyond PDC.

    In addition, there will be a Q&A session on heritage fruit trees. Many PSN members have consulted with the Allens re fruit trees over the last 4 years. Pete will also bring a trailer full of trees to sell, so come prepared!

    Monday 18th August at 7pm (supper at 8:30pm) at the Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield.

    $5 non-members. Free for PSN members. Doors open at 6.30pm – library, reuse roundabout, produce swaps. Please join us for supper afterwards and bring a mug for tea. 
       




    • 07 Sep 2014
    • Please check the site for various locations

    Sustainable House Day is an initiative showcasing sustainable houses and/or gardens to the public. It is a great opportunity to visit properties and be inspired by the designs implemented in the quest for sustainability. What's more important, for permaculture practitioners SHD enables them to show permaculture designs to wider audiences by opening permaculture gardens.

    If you are interested in opening your garden for 2014 Sustainable House Day (Sep 7 & 14), please go to the SMD website
    http://sustainablehouseday.com/

     
    • 15 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

    Ronni Kahn – Founder & CEO of OzHarvest


    Successful business entrepreneur, Ronni Kahn, founded OzHarvest in November 2004 to take action on the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry.

    OzHarvest rescues its food daily from restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers and food outlets then delivers the fresh meals to charities.

    Oz Harvest collected and delivered its first meal on 3 November 2004 and in its first month delivered 4,000 meals to 14 shelters using one van.

    OzHarvest now delivers over 400,000 meals each month with a fleet of 21 vans to more than 500 charities across Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne. Since its inception, over 21 million meals have been delivered to women, children and men in need while also having rescued over 6,000 tonnes of food from ending up as landfill and waste.

    Ronni was inspired by AmericaHarvest, a New York charity that had been operating successfully for over 20 years. The Macquarie Foundation provided initial funds and Goodman provided the first OzHarvest van and office space.

    Ronni was instrumental in changing the existing legislation across four states that had prevented food donors from supplying excess food. Now companies and registered businesses around Australia are protected from liability when donating quality excess food to OzHarvest under the Civil Liabilities Amendment Act and Health Acts.

    In 2011, OzHarvest found a way to assist and teach communities and individuals in rural Australia to set up their own food rescue service with the introduction of a regional food rescue program, REAP.

    Ronni was also behind the creation of the NEST program – Nutrition, Education & Sustenance Training which aims to educate vulnerable Australians about nutrition and healthy eating, providing valuable life skills to disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

    Ronni has been recognised as a leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation and has been awarded numerous achievements for her work and commitment to the community, some of which include:

    • Australia’s Local Hero, Australian of the Year Awards 2010
    • Enriched List by American Express in 2010
    • Veuve Clicquot Award Business Woman Tribute Award for Innovation, Entrepreneurial Skill and Contribution to the Community in 2012.
    • Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
    • InStyle Woman of Style Award - Community /Charity category 2011
    • Official Australian Partner of the UNEP Think.Eat.Save Campaign (United Nations Environment Program)
    • OzHarvest received the United Nations Environment Day Award for Community 2013

    Monday 15th September at 7pm (supper at 8:30pm) at the Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield.


    $5 non-members. Free for PSN members. Doors open at 6.30pm – library, reuse roundabout, produce swaps. Please join us for supper afterwards and bring a mug for tea. 
       




Past events

27 Jul 2014 PNB: July Edible Weed Tour **Fully Booked**
27 Jul 2014 The July permabee Chris & Margaret are making their wicking beds!
24 Jul 2014 PNB: Want to Cut Down on the Chemicals in your Garden and your Lifestyle?
21 Jul 2014 PSN Monthly Speaker 21st July - Reece Turner – Renewable Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace
19 Jul 2014 Living Skills: Fermented Foods: Winter Vegetables, Cultured Drinks July 19th, Waverton
12 Jul 2014 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday 12th July at 2pm
10 Jul 2014 Ku-ring-gai Local Group - July meeting
29 Jun 2014 Talks and SiteTour Narara Ecovillage
27 Jun 2014 Transition Sydney Event: David Holmgren & Nicole Foss
26 Jun 2014 Aboriginal Heritage on the Northern Beaches
22 Jun 2014 Advanced Composting Workshop
22 Jun 2014 A food forest for the June permabee
21 Jun 2014 CANCELLED: Tool Sharpening Workshop, June 21st
16 Jun 2014 PSN Monthly Meeting June 16 - A celebration of bees: Film night featuring MORE THAN HONEY, plus more!
15 Jun 2014 Living Skills: Winter Bush Tucker Tour with Jake Cassar - June 15th
14 Jun 2014 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday 14th June at 2pm
08 Jun 2014 Hornsby Group June meeting
25 May 2014 willoughby local group meeting
25 May 2014 Willoughby Local group meeting
19 May 2014 PSN Monthly Meeting May 19 - David Burgess
18 May 2014 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Sunday 18th May at 10 am
10 May 2014 PSN Introduction to Permaculture Course May-June 2014
04 May 2014 International Permaculture Day : Open Garden list
30 Apr 2014 International Permaculture Day : Coal Loader Events
27 Apr 2014 Cecilia’s April permabee.
13 Apr 2014 Ku-ring-gai Local Group - Sunday 13th April - Digging the Dirt - All welcome
13 Apr 2014 Willoughby Local group meeting
13 Apr 2014 willoughby local group meeting
13 Apr 2014 Hornsby Local Group - Sunday 13th April - Challenging Blocks
12 Apr 2014 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday 12th April at 2pm
06 Apr 2014 Wild mushroom picking tour & preserving - Sunday April 6th
30 Mar 2014 March reed bed permabee
17 Mar 2014 PSN Monthly Meeting March 17 - Angus Stewart
16 Mar 2014 Hornsby Shire Healthy Living Festival
15 Mar 2014 Wild mushroom picking tour & preserving - March 15
09 Mar 2014 Ku-ring-gai Local Group - 9th March - Composting - citrus growing-computer research skills- All welcome
04 Mar 2014 Local Group Co-ordinators Meeting - Tuesday 4th March at 7 pm
02 Mar 2014 Willoughby Local Group
02 Mar 2014 PSN Member Open Garden - Epping
01 Mar 2014 Be part of Sydney's Mardi Gras with our Permaculture float!
23 Feb 2014 The first Permabee for 2014
17 Feb 2014 PSN Monthly Meeting February 17 - Mike Mobbs
16 Feb 2014 Create your own first aid kit - with Pat Collins - Ku-ring-gai Council
15 Feb 2014 Living Skills: Bush Tucker Tour with Jake Cassar - February 15th
09 Feb 2014 Hornsby Group Gathering - Sunday 9th Feb - Seed Saving
08 Feb 2014 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday 8th February at 2pm
23 Jan 2014 Permaculture Northern Beaches: Peter Clarke presenting insights into Tetragonula Carbonaria, the 'sugarbag' bee
12 Jan 2014 Ku-ring-gai Local Group
21 Dec 2013 Living Skills: Building native bees and microbats habitats
16 Dec 2013 PSN AGM Monday 16 December - Costa as Green Santa
14 Dec 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday December 14th at 2pm
10 Dec 2013 Local Groups Co-ordinators meeting - Tuesday December 10th at 7:30 pm
08 Dec 2013 Ku-ring-gai Local Group December Meeting
08 Dec 2013 Hornsby Local Group Christmas Celebration
01 Dec 2013 Willoughby Local Group Meeting
28 Nov 2013 Film Premier Organic Agriculture versus Monsanto's GM
23 Nov 2013 Living Skills: Natural Skin and Hair Care Products Workshop with Pat Collins
18 Nov 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting November 18 - Peter Rutherford
17 Nov 2013 Ku-ring-gai Local Group meeting
14 Nov 2013 Lane Cover & North Sydney Council - Grant Writing Seminar
09 Nov 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday November 9th at 2pm
03 Nov 2013 Hornsby Local Group meeting
27 Oct 2013 October Permabee is heating up!
26 Oct 2013 Western Sydney Permaculture: Brew Your Own Beer
26 Oct 2013 PSN Willoughby Local group October Meeting
21 Oct 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting October 21 - Frogs and Bees : Martyn Robinson, Australian Museum Naturalist
19 Oct 2013 Living Skills: Introduction to Fermenting workshop
19 Oct 2013 Granny Smith Festival Eastwood October 19: Ryde-Hunters Hill Monthly Get Together - Our Permaculture Stand
19 Oct 2013 PSN Introduction to Permaculture Course
13 Oct 2013 PSN Ku-ring-gai Local Group: A Crafty Christmas
13 Oct 2013 Hornsby Members only Monthly Gathering October 13: Native bees
22 Sep 2013 Willoughby Local Group Meeting
22 Sep 2013 Back to School for September Permabee.
21 Sep 2013 Living Skills: All About Seeds workshop + Seed Savers bank
21 Sep 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday September 21st at 2pm
16 Sep 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting September 16 - Jill Finnane
15 Sep 2013 Bushland Festival, Hornsby's Monthly Gathering September 15: Our Permaculture Stand
25 Aug 2013 Ku-ring-gai Wildflower and Garden Festival
19 Aug 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting August 19: Jake Cassar
18 Aug 2013 August permabee @ Gordon
17 Aug 2013 Living Skills: Polypipe Wicking System workshop with Richard Brassil
11 Aug 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Sunday August 11th at 2pm
11 Aug 2013 Hornsby Monthly Gathering August 11: Seed Saving Workshop with Jannine Ord
10 Aug 2013 Ku-ring-gai Group Monthly Gathering
10 Aug 2013 Willoughby Local Group meeting on Saturday August 10, 2 to 4pm
29 Jul 2013 Local Groups meeting Monday July 29th at 7pm
21 Jul 2013 July 21st Water garden permabee
20 Jul 2013 Willoughby local group meeting Saturday July 20th, 2-5pm
20 Jul 2013 Living Skills: Soap Making Workshop on July 20th
15 Jul 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting July 15: DAVID HOLMGREN
14 Jul 2013 Harvest your own Bamboo, Asquith, Sunday 14 July
14 Jul 2013 Come & see the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Permaculture Garden site!
13 Jul 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday July 13th at 2pm
27 Jun 2013 Northern Beaches Monthly Meet up
23 Jun 2013 Public Afternoon tea at Permapatch Lane Cove
17 Jun 2013 PSN Monthly Meeting 17/6: WATER HARVESTING
15 Jun 2013 Living Skills: Felting workshop with India Betar
09 Jun 2013 Seasonal planting workshop, Epping, 9 June
08 Jun 2013 Deep Ecology Workshop
25 May 2013 Living Skills: Olive Curing Workshop on May 25th
21 May 2013 Living Skills: Secateurs and knives sharpening workshop
20 May 2013 PSN May Monthly Meet up - Dr Cat Dorey of Greenpeace Australia
19 May 2013 PSN PERMABEE IN DENISTONE
11 May 2013 Willoughby local group meeting Saturday May 11th, 2-5pm
11 May 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday May 11th 1:30-4pm
05 May 2013 Rosemary and Barry Hadaway farewell
05 May 2013 Volunteers needed for International Permaculture Day
01 May 2013 The Greenhorns (film night) with Nth Sydney Coal Loader and Peter Rutherford
28 Apr 2013 Willoughby local group meeting Sunday April 28th 2:30-5pm
21 Apr 2013 April 21 Permabee
20 Apr 2013 Wild mushroom picking tour & preserving - April 20th
18 Apr 2013 The Chikukwa Project - From Malnutrition to Abundance - Permaculture tackles hunger in Africa
15 Apr 2013 PSN April Monthly meeting - Aquaponics
13 Apr 2013 Cage building workshop
13 Apr 2013 Ryde - Hunters Hill local group meeting Saturday April 13th 2:00-4pm
24 Mar 2013 Willoughby local group meeting Sunday March 24th 2:30-5pm
24 Mar 2013 PSN Open Garden - Berowra Heights
21 Mar 2013 HAWAIIAN PERMACULTURE TRADITIONS
18 Mar 2013 PSN Monthly meeting
17 Mar 2013 March 17th Permabee
16 Mar 2013 Wild mushroom picking tour & preserving - March 16
09 Mar 2013 Next Ku-ring-gai Local Group meeting Saturday 9th 2-5pm
28 Feb 2013 Grow Your Own Food presented by Permaculture Northern Beaches & Costa Georgiadis
24 Feb 2013 PSN Open Garden - Chatswood
17 Feb 2013 PSN PERMABEE IN EPPING
19 Dec 2012 Charlie Mgee and Cello Joe gig
17 Dec 2012 AGM & End of Year Celebration [Dec monthly mtg]
19 Nov 2012 Bag It - Is your life too plastic? - doco screening [Nov monthly mtg]
18 Nov 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN DENISTONE
27 Oct 2012 COURSE: 'A Taste of Permaculture'
21 Oct 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN CARLINGFORD
20 Oct 2012 PSN Weed identification and product workshop
15 Oct 2012 PSN October Monthly Meeting
13 Oct 2012 PSN HORNSBY Group Gathering Sat 13 October, 1.45 pm, Pennant Hills FILM/BULK BUYING/30-MIN BLITZ
06 Oct 2012 Living Skills Workshop: Sour Dough Bread Making
17 Sep 2012 The Answer is in the Room - Q&A [Sept monthly mtg]
16 Sep 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN EPPING
08 Sep 2012 PSN Hornsby Local Group Event
26 Aug 2012 PSN Open Garden - Gladesville
20 Aug 2012 PSN August Monthly Meeting - Mon 20th August, Lindfield Seniors, 7 - 730 Kick Off
19 Aug 2012 Community Nursery & Food Garden Permabee - Ryde
17 Aug 2012 PSN fundraising raffle to be drawn (prize is dinner & tapas cooking class for 2 at a sustainable restaurant (valued at $280)
11 Aug 2012 PSN Ku-ring-gai local group’s August meeting.
04 Aug 2012 Living Skills Workshop: Chicken Coop
26 Jul 2012 Growing Change - A journey inside Venezuela's food revolution
19 Jul 2012 Sustain - Your natural and organic lifestyle show
16 Jul 2012 Beyond Zero Emissions with Geoff Cameron [Jul monthly mtg]
15 Jul 2012 Tree Pruning Workshop
14 Jul 2012 Keeping Chickens Forum
07 Jul 2012 Sewing workshop: Laptop/IPad Bag
18 Jun 2012 Earthship Biotecture & sustainable building [Jun monthly mtg]
17 Jun 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN HORNSBY
02 Jun 2012 Sewing workshop
21 May 2012 Sharing APC11 & NPD experiences [May monthly mtg]
20 May 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN ARTARMON - NOW FULL
12 May 2012 Guided mushroom picking tour - 12th May
07 May 2012 Education Team Consultation Session
06 May 2012 International Permaculture Day - 6th May
05 May 2012 Olive Curing Workshop
16 Apr 2012 Show and Tell [Apr monthly mtg]
15 Apr 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN MARSFIELD
14 Apr 2012 Guided Mushroom Picking Tour - 14th April
19 Mar 2012 Screening of "The Chikukwa Project" trailer by Gillian & Terry Leahy [Mar monthly mtg]
18 Mar 2012 PSN PERMABEE IN EPPING
03 Mar 2012 PSN Pasta Making Workshop
20 Feb 2012 Screening of "Urban Permaculutre" by Frank Gapinski [Feb monthly mtg]
04 Feb 2012 PSN Tomato Preserving Workshop
22 Dec 2011 PSN Christmas Break
19 Dec 2011 PSN DECEMBER MEETING - AGM & Christmas Party
10 Dec 2011 Hornsby Local Group - Seed Saving
10 Dec 2011 North Sydney Local Group - Introduction to Seed Saving
03 Dec 2011 PSN Tofu Making Workshop
21 Nov 2011 PSN NOVEMBER MEETING - Members Show & Tell Night
19 Nov 2011 The Annual PSN Regional Tour!
05 Nov 2011 Bread Making Workshop
29 Oct 2011 Organic Fair at Allsun Farm
27 Oct 2011 Creating Backyard Habitats
17 Oct 2011 PSN OCTOBER MEETING - ANIMA MUNDI FILM
08 Oct 2011 Wood Fired Oven Construction
01 Oct 2011 Ginger Beer & Cordial Making Workshop
22 Sep 2011 ANIMA MUNDI FILM - presented by the PSN Warringah, Pittwater, Manly LG
19 Sep 2011 September 2011 Meeting - Munir and Mittul Vahanvati: Explorations in Bamboo Construction
17 Sep 2011 Hands On Bamboo Construction
10 Sep 2011 Eco-Garden Stall at the Narrabeen Lakes Public School Fete
04 Sep 2011 What is Permaculture
03 Sep 2011 Beer Making Workshop
28 Aug 2011 Kitchen Garden Workshop - The Spring Garden
27 Aug 2011 Seed Sharing and Seed Savers Monthly Meeting
25 Aug 2011 Energy Efficiency in the Home
25 Aug 2011 David Holmgren Launching Permaculture Pioneers - Paddington
15 Aug 2011 August 2011 Meeting - Diversity in Design - Heritage Fruit Trees with Pete the Permie
14 Aug 2011 EVENT FULL - Heritage Fruit Trees - Pruning and Grafting Workshop
13 Aug 2011 Trading Day in North Sydney - Local Energy Trading Systems (LETS)
04 Aug 2011 PSN Stall at Organic Expo and Green Show
18 Jul 2011 JULY 2011 MEETING: Gary Caganoff & his Movie

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