August 2011 Meeting - Diversity in Design - Heritage Fruit Trees with Pete the Permie

  • 15 Aug 2011
  • 7:00 PM
  • Ku-ring-gai Centre for Seniors 259 Pacific Highway Lindfield


His workshop may be sold out, but you'll still get the chance to catch Pete the Permie as our guest speaker at our August regional meeting.  This will also be an opportunity to grab yourself this year's Permaculture Diary or calendar - hot off the press!

Peter Allen is coming to PSN this month to present  the critical need for all permaculturalists to include heritage fruit trees as an important part of permaculture designs.  Peter is no stranger to this issue - he has built a very large and significant heritage fruit tree collection as part of his permaculture design. He rescued many of these varieties from abandoned Government collections collections that  were being held in trust for the future of all Australians. Peter now has a heritage fruit tree collection that has grown to over 1000 heritage fruit varieties.

Since completing a PDC in 1995, Peter and his partner Silvia have been building a permaculture demonstration site on what was a 100 year old cut flower farm in Olinda above Melbourne. The 15 acre property supports over 1000 varieties of fruiting plants ranging from apples to avocadoes. This is all managed along with the milking of sheep, goats and llama and raising rare breed poultry. Peter and Silvia also  run a variety of permaculture education courses. This includes classes for the Permaculture Design Certificate, cheese making, wine making and growing heritage fruit trees.

 Over the last 15 years both Peter and Silvia have been very active and key members of the Mountain Districts Permaculture Group,  Permaculture Melbourne Heritage Fruits Group and the Heritage Fruits Society Inc.  Peter has been running the Petty’s Antique Apple Festival since 2003.

 With a background in retail, Peter set up a nursery and is now selling 600+ varieties of fruit trees at the farm shop and at Farmers Markets.

 Peter is also the author of  Heritage & Dwarf fruit trees for Urban backyards & small Orchards.  This very recent publication is already into its second edition.

This meeting will also be an opportunity to grab the new Permaculture Diary or Calendar.  These have just been printed, and are absolutely gorgeous.  Diaries are selling for $30, and calendars for $12.

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