Permaculture teacher Sara Ashdown is pleased to see holistic practices taking off on the Fraser Coast.
Permaculture teacher Sara Ashdown is pleased to see holistic practices taking off on the Fraser Coast. Alistair Brightman

Tune into permaculture trend

PERMACULTURE is taking hold of the Fraser Coast with the concept of living holistically with the planet gaining momentum.

But if you still have not tuned in to the growing trend, resident permaculture teacher Sara Ashdown explains: “It’s all about proper design and looking at the planet as a whole; as a living being.

“The principles will vary with every area but there are three main ethics to follow: living in harmony with the planet; sharing surplus and sharing knowledge; and incorporating people into that, involving the community with community gardens and community aid abroad.”

Ms Ashdown said there were projects under way in various developing countries where volunteers had been teaching impoverished people how to establish their own gardens.

The term permaculture was coined by Tasmanian Bill Mollison in the early 1970s and since then he has travelled the world, spreading the importance of people living harmoniously with the land and phasing out chemical-based agriculture.

“To start with it was adopted in fringe communities such as Nimbin but anyone can do it,” Ms Ashdown said. “There are gardens growing in courtyards in the middle of the city.

“We’re looking ethically at what we buy, asking do we really need that? Can we source that product locally?

“The whole concept of permaculture is taking off.

“Television shows have put it out there; it’s part of our framework. People may not know the name permaculture but they know about composting and worm farming.

“It’s become part of our lifestyle; it’s really exciting.”

If you still have not caught on to the concept, be assured it is never too late.

Ms Ashdown is holding four classes, every Saturday this month, at The Cottage, 16 Peters Lane, Pialba. The classes will run from noon to 2pm with all course notes and afternoon tea provided.

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

To get in contact with Ms Ashdown call 0400 721 949 or email permagaia@hotmail.com.



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