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Spring house, garden & farm tour, this Sunday 12th September

Spring house, garden and farm tour, Murrnong Event Banner
photo by Patrick Casey

Regional lockdown restrictions have eased just in time for our long planned House, Farm and Garden tour this Sunday, 12th September. 12.30pm to 3pm, bookings here.

Outdoor tours for up to 20 people are allowed, and there are no restrictions on travel distance within regional Victoria, other than the Shepparton bubble.

People from Melbourne mostly won’t be able travel here, but we will do another tour when restrictions lift.

Event description

Murrnong has been evolving since 1996 from what had been a grass field. These days Murrnong is a self-reliant home and farm, with food gardens, tree crop agriculture, and shelter forestry of trees and shrubs. You can see more about Murrnong at murrnong.com

What a tour can include

Typically a tour will progress from the house, to the gardens, to the garden farming, tree crops, and forestry. See how considered permaculture design and ongoing management can lead to a regenerated and attractive landscape that sustains family, friends, visitors, and customers. Get a sense of what productive downshifter life can be like.

For permaculture students, a Murrnong tour is an example of open-ended design, adapting to changing times and changing personal circumstances. It is also  an opportunity to see how tree plantings evolve over time with ongoing management, and to get a sense of the kind of space that tree plantings need as they develop.

Meet the chickens, the milking goats, and Murrnong designer and developer, David Arnold.

Farm produce will be available for sale at the beginning and end of the tour.

2021 Murrnong PDC, and more

The 2021 Murrnong Permaculture Design Course begins on Saturday Jan 23, and takes place over six weekends until May 16. All the dates and other details for the course are available here, and tickets here.

We are really pleased to have been able to add three new RetroSuburbia style house and garden retrofits to our site visits this year, and yes, these have been developed by previous PDC participants. Through these visits we engage with seven home gardens, seven house/ building retrofits, and 3 or 4 farm enterprises. We hear from at least eight women and eight men…. it takes a village to teach a permaculture course! Again this year one of those tutors is our special guest David Holmgren, who will be with us for the April weekend.

House, Garden and Farm tour, Sunday 6 December
Our ‘spring’ tour is a little late this year, and is coming up soon. Read more here, and tickets here.

Introduction to Permaculture, Numurkah, Sunday 29th November
This one is coming up really soon, this Sunday. If you live in or near northern Victoria, or are due for a visit, you can read more here, and get tickets here.

Internships and learning exchange at Murrnong
This is an opportunity to live and learn in the non-monetary economy. Internship tasks and program can be tailored to suit specific interests. Murrnong’s size, and diversity of elements, allow for a big range of tasks and allow for visitors to choose areas of responsibility.
There is even more scope for responsibility with Cecilia away for at least four months from December 2020. Read more here.

Mario and Reiko, November 2020

2019 Spring tour, workshops, and PDC at Murrnong

Here is what’s coming up this Spring at Murrnong.

Spring House, Garden and Farm Tour

Saturday 5th October 2019, at Murrnong

Workshops

Introduction to Permaculture, Alexandra

Sunday 8th September 2019, at a home and garden in Alexandra, Vic

Living and Working With Trees and Shrubs

Sunday 15th September 2019, at Murrnong

RetroSuburbia in Wangaratta

Sunday 22nd September 2019, at a suburban home in west Wangaratta, Vic

Permaculture Design Course

This is the one for a more extended, holistic, and wide-ranging learning experience. We can’t solve our problems with the thinking that created them. Starts November 23rd, seven weekends over seven months.