Permaculture Sydney North (PSN) is a community of over 250 people based in Sydney's northern suburbs, with an amazing array of skills in permaculture design and teaching, growing and preserving food, energy and water conservation, waste reduction, community building, and advocacy. We are non-profit voluntary organisation run entirely by our members. We want to create a positive impact on the environment and our communities by taking responsibility for the well-being of our planet, its resources, and the future of our generations – Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share.
Join us wherever you are on your journey to more sustainable living to learn from others and share your skills.
We run a wide range of free and subsidised events each month – guest speakers, courses, workshops, permabees, tours, and social activities. Many of these are run by our members, but we also bring in experts, like herbalist Pat Collins and basket-weaver Sally Blackwell. Some events are for members only, others allow guests.
Local group gatherings
Our local groups are loosely organised around council areas: Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Ryde/Hunters Hill, and Willoughby/North Sydney/Lane Cove. Local group members support each other and organise their own events – workshops, mini-bees, tours and socials. Local groups events are usually open to all PSN members (unless space is limited). Your local group contact can be found on our Contacts page.
We hold a regular gathering in Lindfield on the 3rd Monday of each month (except January) that are free for all members and guests. These cover a variety of events including guest speakers, member presentations, film nights, crop swaps, and a range of hands-on activities.
At this meeting members can access our library, which has a range of books, magazines and DVDs. We also have a share table for any excess garden produce, plants, and seeds, or unwanted books, tools and other resources. Free tea, coffee and supper are provided by members.
Our monthly full-day working bees help members in their gardens. We create or build new features – such a food forest, wicking veggie bed, or pond – or do some general weeding, tidying and mulching when things get out of control, or to get the garden ready for an education course or open garden event. Local groups also organise mini-bees – a few hours to half a day – to help each other in the garden.
Our Seed Savers meet monthly to collect, process, store, share and plant seeds. The team maintains our seed library which is available to all members – you can take seeds to plant and then save some from your crop to return. Seed saving saves money, and helps maintain a diversity and quality of plants that grow well locally. It ultimately provides an endlessly renewable and abundant source of food.
Our monthly hands-on workshops teach you skills to be more self-sufficient. These include a range of cooking, craft and other skills like making beer or mead, weaving baskets from natural fibres, making pickles and preserves, sewing and mending, making chemical-free cosmetics and cleaning products, refurbishing tools, and a host more. If there's something you want to learn, we can organise it!
Our trained permaculture teachers run a variety of workshops, and short and long courses to suit a range of needs, and knowledge levels. These range from 2-3 hour workshops such as composting, keeping animals, or building structures, through to our Design for Urban Permaculture course, a 6-month program that teaches you to design and get started on creating your own food oasis.