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.
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
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.
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.
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.
GOOF Grow Our Own Food Sessions
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.
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.
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.
Are you a member?
Would you like to borrow a book?
Click on the button below, here you can send an email to Chris or view the books we have!
If you have access to fresh herbs, always opt for them rather than dried herbs. Nesting boxes are a fantastic way to use up homegrown herbs slightly past their prime, or if you are overrun with a certain variety at the end of the year. Don’t spend money to buy herbs...
Suitable Nesting Box Strewing Herbs Basil Borage Calendula Catnip Cilantro/Coriander Chickweed Comfrey Dandelion Dill Fennel Garlic Lambs Quarters Lavender Lemongrass Lemon Balm Marigolds Marjoram Marshmallow Root Mint (all varieties) Nasturtium Nettle Oregano Parsley...
Herbs make your coop smell awesome and provide a little “chicken aromatherapy,” we like it…….well, so do they!
Some chickens like to munch on certain herbs, and certain plants may even act as laying stimulants, you can bet your chickens will head for these and you will get to see first-hand what your chickens prefer.
There really is some reasoning behind putting herbs in nesting boxes, other than being a crazy chicken person. If you are a country person you may know that wild birds use herbs as they build their nests, this could be to possibly shield their babies...