Opportunities and Events

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We list other events for your interest and cannot be responsible for their content and quality.

Community Gardens

The West Leederville Community Garden in Cambridge Street is celebrating 10 years in October.  One of their events is on Sunday 8 October from 11.30am till 3.30pm.  A Children’s Activity Day.  This community garden is well established and possibly the first one to have been set up in Perth.

On 31st August, Costa Geogiadis officially opened Baysie Community Garden at the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club.  It is so good to see another one being set up.


23 September 2017 at 9.30 to 10.30 COMPOST MAKING using a Gedye Bin at West Stirling Neighbourhood House, corner Hancock Street and Scarborough Beach Road, DOUBLEVIEW.  A free workshop

Seed Saving Workshop

September 23, 2017 @ 11:00am – 1:00pm
Bullsbrook Public Library, Chittering Rd, Bullsbrook WA 6084, Australia

You love to garden! You planted your favourite veggies, herbs and flowers in the spring, watched them sprout, watered them diligently, added compost, weeded and mulched, observed bees pollinating, reaped the harvest, and savoured delicious flavours as you cooked and preserved your bounty. Now the garden season is nearly over – or is it? What about all those seeds?

In this workshop participants will learn what seeds to buy, how plants make more seeds, and saving those seeds. We will discuss terms like, open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid and learn which seeds to save, harvesting, processing and storing/ labelling them for future use and sharing. Participants are encouraged to bring along some seeds to process at the workshop, but this is not compulsory.

Presented by Charles Otway, of Terra Perma Design.

Organic gardening in small spaces

September 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Amherst Village Public Library, 2 Holmes Street, Southern River, Western Australia, Australia

Do you live in an area with a small courtyard sized garden? Then take part in this hands-on workshop with Robyn Brown.

Bring the family along! Learn about thrifty and water smart gardening, growing in containers. Also learn what to plant and when.

Kids must be aged 8 years and above!

This is a free event and bookings are essential.
Telephone: 9498 9498
Email Address: Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au

Sustainable September Talk: Soils

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ross Memorial Uniting Church, Hay St & Colin St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

As part of Sustainable September Uniting Church in the City is hosting a series of talks.

Would you like to know how good your soil is? Bring along a sample and you can find out!

Bronnie Kemp from Atom Earth and Hydrosoil Enterprises will look at the varieties of soils in our parks and gardens and how we can improve our soils.


Pop a weed in your salad – Mary Carroll Park

October 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mary Carroll Park, 165F Eudoria St, Gosnells WA 6110, Australia

If you have a problem with weeds in your garden, try turning the problem into a solution. Join Shane Hunter from Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group to learn how common weeds can be a useful and nutritious part of our diet. Enjoy a walk around Mary Carroll Park wetlands and identify the many edible and medicinal plants commonly seen as unwanted pests in our gardens and natural environment.

Free, but bookings are essential.
Phone 9397 3111

Groat Street Festival

October 28, 2017
Groat St, North Beach WA 6020, Australia

Groat Street Festival launched in 2014 with local community members building an event that promoted sustainable community living.

Community members will be running workshops, information talks, displays, craft stalls, demonstrations and performances. The event thrives on skill sharing, volunteer commitment and good old fashioned entertainment.


For more Green Events around the Perth area visit http://www.perthgreenevents.com/.

Andre Leu presenting in WA February 2018

In February 2018 Andre Leu, internationally recognised industry practitioner, will visit WA for an event which highlight organic farming practices, social action and strategies for future sustainability.

This event, generated for WA industry practitioners, will provide opportunities for networking, information exchange and a reinvigoration of the organic and ethical sectors in Western Australia.

Andre Leu is the outgoing President of IFOAM – Organic International, the global umbrella organization for the organic sector, with around 800 affiliate organizations in 125 countries. Andre is author of the Myth of Safe Pesticides. Andre is also an experienced farmer, being one of the pioneers in the north Australian tropical fruit industry. He will present and speak on the topic of “Organic 3.0. The next paradigm shift in the organic sector”.


9.15          Registration
9.30         Industry stories
10.30       Tea break
11.00        Keynote Andre Leu ‘Organic 3.0. The next paradigm shift in the organic sector’.
12.30        Q&A Panel
1.00          Lunch

At this stage expression of interest and early bird registration will be welcomed to assist in funding the set up of the event. Please contact Kathe Purvis for more detail.

Kathe Purvis, Audit, Training, Facilitation and other stuff
+61 437314591
kathepurvis (skype)

Introduction to Permaculture – Garden Design – Why landscape when you can “Permascape”!

October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale, Western Australia, Australia

Heard of permaculture and want to know more or just thinking about landscaping and wanting something with a bit more of a systematic approach?

Let’s look into how a permaculture garden design will benefit you and your environment by demonstrating how a practical and sustainable approach will give you a far better result.

Starting with a quick history lesson about where the term permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) was first coined and the ethics and principles of permaculture were created, we then get into what you can do to incorporate these into EVERY aspect of your garden or whole property design.

Permaculture takes a whole systems approach to the design process. By this, it means, how every “thing” (or element) you put into a design influences, supports, relates, and connects to everything else within the design. For example, how can the sun influence where you place your plants and in turn, what influence do those plants have on their surrounds? How can you get the most out each of these plants you incorporate into your design e.g. summer shade/ winter sun (deciduous tree), erosion control, habitat, vertical climbing for other plants, wind break, fire retardant, leaf litter for compost.

This is a very short overview to permaculture and is not a replacement for a 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course.

In this 3 hour workshop you will take away an understanding of:

  • How permaculture design differs from traditional landscape design
  • How this approach can save you time and money
  • Organic garden v’s permaculture garden
  • How you can incorporate this design approach into your property stage by stage
  • Small changes = massive returns – environment, community & financial
  • Where to start

Extensive class notes will be provided, and a laminated companion planting chart.

Join us after for a chat & a cuppa.  Cost: $39


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