Hi All,

a bit of information for you!

  • November meeting happening this coming Monday 5th November. Topic: Beekeeping for beginners
  • Annette and Karlene are closing up a shop and bringing their stock for sale at ridiculous prices: clothes for adults and kids.

Bring your money with you (and a bag to carry home your purchases please)

  • Anyone have an old sewing machine which they won’t mind donating to our sewing groups? See Vera at the meeting.
  • Want to be in a Permy Pod? read on!….

We are encouraging people who live near each other to start their own support groups and are calling them Permie Pods.

Like ‘peas in a pod’ being close to each other it’s easier to help each other.

Why be in a Permie Pod?

  1. Have mini-blitzes at each other’s homes.
  2. Share resources via bulk buying or scrounging.
  3. Share expertise where each brings some different knowledge or experience.
  4. Share tools and equipment e.g., shredder, compost tea aerators, trailers, chain saws, etc.
  5. Make light, fun work of some awkward or boring tasks that your garden needs done.
  6. Use your ‘collective brains’ to apply permaculture design principles to your sites and to solve problems.
  7. Share internet searches to learn about plants, pests, soil fixes, water saving, etc.

How do Permie Pods work?

  1. Let people know you would like to try out being in a permie pod.  (We will be sending a separate email around for that and have a link on our website)
  2. Find people near you (say 4 -6 home/units) and decide who will host your  first meeting. (Our next email will help with this too.)
  3. Once together work out some guidelines:
  1. How often to meet?  What day?  For how long? Bring some food to share?
  2. Share/note what each of you wants to achieve with your site. Garden beds?  Structures?  Animals?  Pests? Resources? Skills?  Knowledge?
  3. Share and note what each of you brings to the Pod.  Skills?  Experience?  Knowledge? Books?  Research skills? Materials?  Tools?
  4. Try to have at least one member with a working knowledge of the Permaculture Principles (e.g. someone who’s done a PDC, GOOF, other training, self-taught.)
    If you’re all relatively new to Permaculture, then,  get a ‘sponsor’ who can help guide your designs and methods.  (Remember, when you’re not sure what to do, ask:  “What would nature do?” to get started.)
  5. Create  an agenda for the days you meet.  Include some time to:
    a.  apply permaculture to the specific aspects of each site.
    b.  do some physical work to improve the site.
  1. discuss  future possibilities for the site.
  2. teach each other some new skills e.g., seed saving, pruning, tool sharpening, soil additives, bed building, composting, fermenting, soap making, preserving, etc .


So, if you think you’d like to give it a go and be part of a Permie Pod, send us an email.  [vfb id=6]

Vera Meyer
Secretary, Permaculture Sydney West Inc.