PDC Tutors

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After his PDC in 1991, David started by permaculturing his back and front yards in West Preston, Melbourne. He has been developing Murrnong, just on the edge of Violet Town, since 1996. Along the way he has done permaculture design and development work across North East and North Central Victoria. Through these various projects he developed skills and expertise in design and development for home self-sufficiency, farm planning, farm scale tree and shrub landscaping, farm forestry, homestead orchards, tree crops, ecological building and energy efficient retrofit of existing buildings, and even a dabble in publishing when he conceived the Permaculture Calendar.

The trees have grown, Murrnong has become a farm, and has become David’s main occupation, with a stall at regional farmer’s markets most Saturdays, farm tours, courses and workshops.

Beck Lowe Master of Sustainable Agriculture, BSc, Diploma of Permaculture beck-apple-tree
Beck has been practising permaculture since completing her PDC in 1994.  In that time she has been doing permaculture in rural and urban areas, and on community projects such as Gravel Hill Gardens in Bendigo. She lives near Heathcote in central Victoria on a 40-acre permaculture farm with food forests, milking and meat goats, poultry and other food systems, as well as areas of native vegetation. She has a special interest in animals in permaculture, and in ecological systems. She has written for various publications including Permaculture Activist, Pip Australian Permaculture magazine and Earth Garden’s City Permaculture. Beck loves tutoring on PDCs and also runs Accredited Permaculture Training. (Her website includes the blog of her 2015 visit to the very hardy original wild apple forests of Kazakhstan.)

Richard Telford
Richard TelfordAfter his PDC in 1999, Richard spent seven years living in two permaculture designed intentional communities. In 2008 he bought a small run down home in Seymour, Central Victoria, and rebuilt it as an urban demonstration of low impact living. He, Kunie, and their boys Kai and Sen have been living there since 2010. Abdallah House has become a local attraction and is open to the public several times a year.
Professionally, Richard applies the graphic artist skills he initially learned in advertising, to help communicate permaculture ideas and action. He collaborated with David Holmgren to design the Permaculture Design Principle icons, and has collaborated with Holmgren since to produce many of his books and conceptual graphics. Since 2008 he has published PermaculturePrinciples.com, and designed the Permaculture Calendar with David Arnold, in an effort to convey the concepts of permaculture to a wider audience.



Kate Holmes
Kate is our home self-reliance specialist. She is a plant nerd, garden nerd, seed saving nerd, funghi nerd, fermentation nerd, keen observer, and successful home school Mum.
Practical workshops with Kate have plenty of technical information behind them.




Brian Bowring
Brian is a skilled gardener with great experience. His gardening style is social, with productive friendships that allow him to gather waste resources for garden use, connect and share information with other growers, work with people in his garden, and teach interns.  Yellow Box Growers is a new enterprise arising from internships in Brian’s garden.
He currently gardens at Commonground growing vegetables, fruit, and flowers mainly for ‘home’ use, which at Commonground can mean feeding about 25 people. He has 8 bee hives, propagates fruit trees, and is a keen grafter.