Jasmine Dawe, 12, spends her Saturday among the grapevines and other living plants learning about permaculture at the Cottage in Hervey Bay.
Jasmine Dawe, 12, spends her Saturday among the grapevines and other living plants learning about permaculture at the Cottage in Hervey Bay. Karleila Thomsen

Permaculture teaches earth harmony

THE FIRST of four Saturday classes that teach students about living in harmony with the planet was held at the weekend.

Hosted by resident permaculture teacher Sara Ashdown, the first class introduced students to the concept of permaculture.

Ms Ashdown said the session was a great success, sharing with students the ideals of living holistically with the planet, about surplus and knowledge and forming community gardens and community aid abroad.

In the coming weeks students will learn about living off the land, home garden design, composting, worm farms, water usage and pest management.

The term permaculture was coined by Tasmanian Bill Mollison in the early ’70s and since that time he has travelled the world, spreading the word and encouraging people to live harmoniously with the land and phase out chemical-based agriculture.

Ms Ashdown is sure permaculture will take off on the Fraser Coast and said would help foster a sense of community among those who came together to learn sustainable practices and build neighbourhood gardens.

The classes will continue to run from noon to 2pm every Saturday. All course notes and morning tea will be provided.

It costs $100 to attend or $80 for concessions and Transition Town Hervey Bay members.

To contact Ms Ashdown call 0400 721 949.



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