Tours to Northern New South Wales, Sunshine Coast & Hinterland and West of Brisbane on the Friday and the weekend after the Convergence will showcase many permaculture and regenerative agriculture properties.
Due to the APC being postponed, the dates for these tours will be updated as soon as new arrangements can be made.
There will be a free tour of Northey Street City Farm during the Community Gardens & Permaculture Festival on Sunday 11 April 2021.
Djanbung Gardens Tour.
Join this special in-depth tour of Djanbung Gardens with the designer, Robyn Francis on your way to APC. Learn about the design and how it has evolved over 25 years from a compacted cow pasture to a vibrant example of permaculture in practice. See diverse microclimates, integrated design concepts, ways the design accommodates a balance of private living with a public venue and adaption strategies for a changing climate and seasonal extremes. Enjoy a delicious organic lunch catered by permaculture chef, Melian Fertl.
Cost: $55 incl lunch and morning tea.
Pre-registration essential https://permaculture.com.au/shop/apc-special-djanbung-tour-april-13/
Green Harvest’s Incredible Edible Organic Display Garden, Nursery and Permaculture Shop
FREE Admission, for self-exploratory stroll
Tour: 10am $5/pp No booking required
Directions to Green Harvest – 9 Gumland Drive, Witta.
Welcome to our unique, inspirational, world leading, subtropical, beautiful edible landscape which contains a propagation nursery, seed saving crops, permaculture designed gardens, rammed earth shop and offices.
Established in 2013 this 1 acre site, just outside of Maleny, and only 1.5 hours north of Brisbane showcases the world’s best edibles from the equatorial regions. A guided tour takes you “up the garden path” with Permaculture Elder and Professional Horticulturalist Frances Michaels. You will see and learn about perennial edibles, soil improvement, habitat creation and enhancement for beneficial insects and bees. This is a small, diverse enterprise helping Australians to grow organically since 1992. We walk the sustainability talk and invite you to be part of our story so that we all can move together toward improved health for us and the planet.
THE SOUTHERN MORETON BAY ISLANDS – A NATURAL PERMACULTURE COMMUNITY
Though surrounded by marine national park, under an hour from Brisbane CBD (and just a few kms from this year’s convergence at Camp Kindilan), the four beautiful islands of Southern Moreton Bay (SMBI) remain relatively unknown. Lots of open spaces, old farms, quiet roads and friendly people give the islands a distinct rural feel. It is here many permaculture practitioners are taking advantage of the islands’ rich soil and food growing tradition stretching back to the early days of Brisbane. Because good land here is very affordable, young and old are able to realise their dream of owning their own permaculture property.
Join us on our 1- day Permaculture Convergence Tour of the Islands on Friday 24 April and see how small, discrete, naturally formed communities can foster sustainable living.
Stay overnight on one of the islands on Thursday 23 April. That night, join us for curry and a movie or just chill. Next morning, take the tour.
Cost: $35 includes return ferry fares, all on-islands tour transport and lunch cooked with love and home grown produce by SMBI Permaculture members.
More information and to book: https://www.facebook.com/events/206043893836260
CRYSTAL WATERS & SUNSHINE COAST TOUR
Thur 23 April
- Leave APC for Crystal Waters Permaculture Ecovillage
- Evening meal and activities – meet some of the community
- Accommodation at Crystal Waters
Fri 24 April
- Breakfast at Crystal Waters then tours of
- Village Green and Centre
- Full 640 acre property
- Morag Gamble and Evan Raymonds 1 Acre Lot
- Earthcare Bamboo Farm
- Several other Lots, Gardens and Interesting Elements (to be confirmed)
- Dinner, live music, activities then accommodation at Crystal Waters
Sat 25 April
- Crystal Waters Sourdough Bakery and Flower Pot Coffee Shop breakfast experience
- Bus ride to Witta
- Visit and tour of Green Harvest Organic Supply Business and Gardens
- Free time and cuppa at Green Harvest
- Drive to Yandina
- Lunch at Yandina Community Garden
- Tour of Yandina Community Garden and The Blue House
- Drive to BellBunya
- Dinner at Bellbunya and accommodation
Sun 26 April
- Breakfast at BellBunya
- Bus to Stuart Andrews’ Forage Farms
- Tour of Stuarts ‘Natural Sequence Farming’ property.
- Bus to Kin Kin
- Tour of Tom and Zaia Kendall’s PermEco property at Kin Kin
- Lunch either at Tom & Zaia’s or to the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens
- After lunch presentation at Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens by the Living Classroom Project
- Back to Brisbane later in the afternoon
At Crystal Waters
Costs are: Single Room = $80 ; Bunk rooms = $50
FOOD FOREST FIELD TRIP. Northern Rivers, NSW.
Coordinated by Bunya Halasz
Thur 23 April
Carpool travel from Convergence to Mullumbimby (to be organised during convergence)
5:00/6:00 pm – Arrive Mullumbimby and unpack for accommodation – billeted beds available on request for at least 10 people and potential for camping at Mullumbimby campground (unpowered campsites $25/night) https://www.mullumbimbyshowground.org.au/camping-info
Dinner to be purchased by participants in Mullumbimby town – many options available.
Fri 24 April
(optional) early morning trip (on foot) to Mullumbimby Farmers Market http://www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au/ – a great chance to peruse the local produce and characters from the region (from 7:00 am) to purchase personal foods for breakfasts and snacks – and other things you may not be able to resist…. If you are camping at Mullumbimby showgrounds you are already there! Extremely low foot miles for a great breakfast.
9:30 – 10:30 – Tour of Sharon Gibson’s suburban home garden in Mullumbimby town. Sharon is permaculture tutor at Byron Community College, having coordinated the Cert 3 Accredited Permaculture Course for many years and an accomplished cook of local, seasonal foods of the subtropics and tropics as well as an inspiring home gardener and animal tender.
Car pool travel to Conscious Ground Organics https://consciousground.org/ in Myocum
11:00 – 12:30 – tour of Conscious Ground Agroforestry Food Production systems
12:30 – Delicious local, organic lunch at Conscious Ground – $15/head
1:30 – 2:30 – travel to Namabundah Farm Agroforestry Project in Alstonville. This project is a Successional Agroforestry planting of primarily local indigenous bush foods, evolving on the Lands of Bundjalung Tribal Society through a collaboration between many groups including The Bundjalung Tribal society, Ethos Global Foundation, Growing Roots Permaculture https://www.facebook.com/GrowingRootsPermaculture/and Hungry Earth Agroecology https://www.facebook.com/hungry.earth.agroecology/
2:30 – 4:00 – tour of Namabundah Farm Agroforestry Project.
4:00 – 5:30 – Golden Hour in special local rainforest remanant .
Back to Mullumbimby to accommodation and do it yourself dinner in town. Evening – free time for collaborative cocreation.
Sat 25 April
Pack down camp/rooms and sort out own breakfast.
9:30 – Carpool to the Living Agroecology food production and hands-on learning space at ‘The Farm’ in Byron Bay https://thefarm.com.au/
This 2ha Agroecological market garden on land leased from ‘The Farm’ has been evolving for the last 3 years in the direction of multi-strata, mega diverse food production with the intention to push the boundaries of regenerative food production and community engagement. Coordinated by Evan Anderson of Hungry Earth Agroecology and Bunya Halasz of Growing Roots Permaculture, this project has trained hundreds of students, volunteers and interns in the ecological foundations of regenerative food production and the hard work and economic challenges of remaining economically viable whilst continuing to expand the footprint of ecological regeneration through primary production.
10:00 – 12:00 –tour of Agroforestry plots at ‘The Farm’. Potential to stay until lunch (heaps of options available onsite) or whenever people want to leave….
Depart from ‘The Farm’ by car pool back to Brisbane or else we can organise lifts to Byron Bay for people to book their own buses.
Costs – food plus contribution towards drivers for car pooling.