GOOF Grow Our Own Food Sessions

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GOOF stands for Grow Our Own Food. Follow the above links for more information!
This course teaches you how to apply Permaculture ethics and principles to balconies, backyards and community gardens. It will enable you to design, set up and run your own sustainable home/ community gardens in alignment with nature.

There are 5 sessions which mix theory and activities so you can put the theory into practical action. The sessions are presented by knowledgeable and experienced permaculture teachers who live the ethics and principles of Permaculture in their own homes and communities. You will receive course notes along with the information and activities.



We are the Permaculture group for the Greater Western Sydney region. We support people to apply the ethics and principles of Permaculture to urban homes, schools and community gardens.  Our goal is to help people be more resilient and sustainable in their daily lives in regards to energy, water, waste, food and community.

Living Skills

Living Skills program

We offer workshops to our members once a month.

They are small & informal gatherings with a focus on teaching or re-introducing some simple, repeatable skills to any member who wants to do-it-yourself, save money or learn something new.

Seed Savers

Seed savers take you on a journey.

From when you first get your seeds, prepare your soil for optimum growth, watch them grow into mature plants, harvest, prepare for eating, or seed saving and storage for the next growing season, we are with you all the way

G.O.O.F Series -Grow Our Own Food

Urban Permaculture in Practice

This course is a thorough introduction to the ethics and principles of Permaculture for urban settings: balconies, small and large backyards and community gardens. It enables participants to design, set up and run their own sustainable home/gardens based on organic and natural strategies.

In Depth Workshops

These Workshops are offered as complete lessons on their own.  They extend the principles of the GOOF Series by providing more hands on practice and result in a finished product. They are handy for casual learners or GOOF graduates who want to add to their skills and knowledge.


Garden Blitz

We regularly stage garden blitzes at the home of a selected, qualified member, Whether it is a blank landscape or an established garden in need of refurbishing our volunteer group with their diverse skills achieve more in 4 hours than you can do in a month.

PSW Steve Carter Library

PSW Library Rules

  •  Books may be borrowed by PSW Members only. There is no charge
  • Books may be borrowed for a period of 1 month (i.e. from 1 meeting to the next).
  • Book borrowings may be extended for a 2nd month unless someone else has reserved that book.
  • Books MUST be returned at the end of the borrowing period or fees will apply.

Monthly Meeting

We meet on the first Monday of every month except January at the Wentworthville Community Centre, 2 Lane Street, Wentworthville.

GOOF – Series on offer

Urban Permaculture in Practice For a comprehensive information on workshops and services we offer! PSW offers a range of workshops that teach you all you need to know about living more sustainably. Several Western Sydney Councils (Parramatta, Penrith,  Blacktown,...

Tips for water saving + Nev’s Challenge

Water saving article by member -Theresa Nev's Challenge One day a week challenge registration-download here As we head into the warmer months, and with the price of water having recently increased, it’s a timely reminder to remember to conserve water where we can....

Solar feed in tariffs

Solar Update On June 16, IPART delivered its’ final benchmark report on solar feed in tariffs. The benchmark range has substantially increased since last year (5.5 to 7.2) to 11.9 to 15.0 cents per kilowatt hour due mainly to higher forecast wholesale electricity...

Sydney – grow your own Peanut?

PSW member, seedsaver Annette Jones, has harvested her first peanut bush, 8 more to go........ These really taste different to the bought ones, way better! If you're interested in growing your own in the western Sydney area, then yes you...

9 good reasons to oppose Incinerator

Jane Bremmer from the National Toxic Network, Kerri Bradbury and Melinda Wilson from No Incinerator for Western Sydney and Jeremy Buckingham from the NSW Greens were among the speakers. Bremmer said: "Japan has hundreds of Incinerators. But they are also contributing...

Constructing a keeper Chook Tractor 4G, article by Nevin Sweeney

If you read the article on the 3G chook tractor, you will know how happy I was with the design and you must be wondering why I would need a 4G if the 3G was so good. Well, one of the improvements of the 3G over the 2G was that all the wood bits got 3 coats of white...


Adding herbs to your coop management is a natural and fun way to boost your other efforts so you too can have a happy, healthy Chooktopia!

Healthy Chickens

Still clean your coop regularly and have a full fly management protocol as well. Feed high-quality feed, and allow hens to free-range as well.  

Nesting Box Herb, Catnip Nepeta cataria

If you’re expecting them to make up for a poorly managed coop, cure all your insect problems, or bring world peace, you’ll be sorely disappointed. You still need to be wise in how you take care of your birds and their living space

More on Chicken nesting box herbs

Try an experiment. You will notice your hens seem to prefer laying in the boxes with the herbs. If using dried herbs, mix them up in a small container first, then sprinkle a bit in each box on top of the bedding.