Murrnong Farm has been under development since 1996, with most tree planting done in 2000. The well established and maintained tree crops and shelter plantings, and the active farm homestead, are a rare opportunity to get immersed in permaculture. With the design examples all around us, and feeding us, you can engage with the design considerations, observe changes that have happened over time, ‘reverse engineer’ what was done and why, consider the pros and cons of design decisions, and discuss possible changes and tweaks.
Murrnong is the home base for the PDC. We use the undercover outdoor teaching area, the very varied settings around the property, and indoors if we need to.
Abdallah House This place is big thinking and a big impact, in a small space. Richard Telford and his partner Kunie bought an old energy guzzling bungalow on a small (584sq m) block in Seymour, possibly the worst house in town, and have transformed it into a showcase of sustainable design. It’s about energy cycling, building community, self-reliance, creatively using & reusing materials… all without spending heaps of money. Richard and Kunie garden in small spaces, educate their children, re-use grey water in a greenhouse aquaponics system, have a home office, and live very comfortably in their attractive re-built compact house, without debt. For more information, see their blog.
Brian Bowring’s garden at Commonground
What can you do with a dry stony hillside with only about 3cm of topsoil? Bring in composted stable waste, irrigate from the dam, re-use grey water, and start growing to create a lush garden with deep soil! The comparison between the soil inside Brian’s garden, and outside the garden fence, is incredible. This garden is another place where very little money is spent. Most of the resources are gleaned and gathered, and then skillfully put into productive use.
Energy efficiency retrofit of the Violet Town community buildings
We are not all going to build new ecological buildings, we need to make the buildings we already have work better. See what kind of tweaks can be made to diverse existing built spaces to make them function much better. These spaces were variously poorly insulated, dark, cold, hot, too sunny in summer, and drafty. David Arnold lead the retrofit project for these buildings.