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Edible Forest Garden Design

Forest PolycultureAn Edible Forest Garden is a perennial polyculture of multipurpose plants.

Forest gardens are

  • Perennial, as most plants regrow without replanting;
  • A Polyculture, as many species grow together;
  • Multipurpose, as each plant contributes to the success of the whole by fulfilling many functions.

Forest Ecosystem Mimicry
The aim of an EFG designer is to garden like a forest, thus to mimic forest ecosystems. Forest gardeners use the forest as a design metaphor, to model structure and function while adapting the design to meet human needs.

The structure of a forest may be defined by nine layers: Tall Tree, Low Tree, Shrub, Herb, Ground, Vine, Topsoil, Subsoil, and Substratum. To fully grasping the multitude of ecosystem interrelationships in a forest or forest garden is perhaps impossible.

The text and image on this page was drawn from the work of Dave Jacke & Eric Toensmeier, Edible Forest Gardens.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2013 07:49
About This Website

This website has three goals:

  1. Provide a resource for newcomers to permaculture.
  2. Provide details of the permaculture services we provide.
  3. Provide details of the permaculture experience we have.

Navigate the menus and I hope you find the information you need.

Worm Farming Workshops

Our worm farming workshops are legendary in the inner suburbs of Sydney.

Our workshops have a high level of hands-on, practical, and visual content which enhances the experience for participants. 

Standard Workshop

We have a two hour workshop that can be tailored to your circumstances.

Extended Practical

In a 'hands-on' environment, like a community garden, we can extend the workshop into a longer session of practical implementation.

Add-On Component

We can offer a 1 or 1.5 hour workshop to fit into office lunch breaks or to complement similar workshop material like gardening or composting.


Workshop Content

The following workshop content is usually adjusted at each workshop depending on the need of the participants.

  • Introduction to Waste
  • Inside a worm farm
  • About Composting Worms
  • Feeding Guide and Learning Exercise
  • Adjustments
  • Starting Out
  • Locating a worm farm


We welcome inquiries to run a workshop for your workplace, community group or course.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 17:23

A Permablitz is a 'working bee' based on the insights and design of a permaculture designer.

Permablitz Sydney

They are free community events with hands-on permaculture workshops, shared food and an opportunity to get some outdoor exercise while connecting with the environment and like-minded people.

At a Permablitz, a group of people that come together to:

  • Create or enhance an edible garden at the host's home.
  • Share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living.
  • Build community networks.
  • Have fun.

The permablitz network runs on reciprocity, so in order to host and receive a permablitz, you may need to help out on a few first. Prior to a permablitz, a permaculture design is created by one or more designers that hold a Permaculture Design Certificate.

To join or host a Permablitz anywhere in Sydney click on this link


Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles

Permaculture Ethics Permaculture is about creating a permanent, sustainable social cultures and agricultural systems.

The ethics and design principles have been distilled through the work of Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and many other pioneers. Their work was based on extensive inquiry into existing sustainable communities and agricultural practices that have successfully functioned for thousands of years.

But Permaculture is not about returning to a dark age. It indicates we should not be wholly dependent on gigantic, global and unstable systems for food, energy and resources. Local resilience plays a large part in Permaculture. The ethics and principles are timeless in that they can be applied to, and work for, any community.

Probably the most detailed reference for permaculture ethics and principles is David Holmgren's book: Permaculture - Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

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