Permaculture Festival 2018-02-15T12:41:13+00:00

ACT Permaculture Festival

Celebrating 40 years of permaculture in 2018

Connectivity is the theme of the ACT Permaculture Festival to be held on Sunday 15 April 2018 at Canberra City Farm. From 10am to 4pm!

The Festival is an opportunity to connect with community associations, local enterprises and small businesses with social goals and makers or individuals whose work is related to the practice of permaculture.

The festival celebrates the joy and benefits of local food. There will be a variety of produce and information stalls, workshops, demonstrations, food, music and kids activities.

Find out how easy it is to bring sustainable living and permaculture principles into your life.

It is a free event in a relaxed family-friendly environment.

Our war on waste continues so bring your reusable coffee cup, water bottles and shopping bags for use.

Outlining activities and presentations

There are lots of activities planned across the day. We are busy organising the program, so stay tuned.

What’s on:

  • Keynote speakers including leading permaculturalists and celebrity gardeners
  • Talks and demonstrations will focus on gardening, cooking, energy-efficiency and traditional arts
  • Lots of local food and market stalls for you to come and taste, buy produce and meet farmers from around the region
  • Self-guided tours around Canberra City Farm’s demonstration gardens and sustainable housing display
  • Entertainment will include a mix of food growing, live music, health and well being, landcare and traditional arts
  • Children’s activities
  • Community groups will share knowledge about how you can continue your sustainable living journey, including upcoming courses, talks and demonstrations

We can confirm:

David Holmgren is launching his latest book RetroSuburbia and will be available for book signings, 

Formidable Vegetable Sound Garden playing music to groove along with 


Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch, Wynlen House Slow Food Farm (

  • Bio intensive poly culture

Small land holders, homesteaders  and backyard vegetable growers will benefit from an organic approach to growing produce  that  gives the highest yield for the smallest amount of land and most importantly, that increases biodiversity and soil fertility at the same time. 

In this system of growing the terms intensive and polyculture have two distinct meanings. The “intensive” means growing larger numbers of a species/variety of plant in the same area – using smaller spacings than is usual or average for a particular vegetable. Polyculture, in this context, means planting many different vegetables in the same space.  There are a number of variables that have a critical impact on the success of such as system including, to name but a few,  soil nutrition and soil amendments, vegetable selection for compatibility and physical characteristic during the plant’s life cycle.

This lecture outlines this agricultural system and introduces & discusses the variables that make it a success.

  • Poultry Nutrition

Keepers of poultry who are small land holders, homesteaders or backyard producers generally run chickens, geese, ducks and turkey for the table or for eggs.   However, the fact that these are the most commonly kept poultry doesn’t mean that those who raise and keep them fully appreciate their nutritional needs or know how to meet those needs cheaply and efficiently using feeds that are not heavily processed or adulterated in the manufacturing process.

 This lecture takes a close look at the nutritional needs of these birds and how they can be met using the techniques and ingredients that predate the factory farms and highly processed “take away” commercial poultry feeds. Take a step back to the time of mixing feeds from easily available base ingredients  – what used to be a common activity for anyone with poultry (regardless of numbers kept), before industrial animal factory farms became common in the last part of the 20th  century. Learn to produce the absolute best of meat and eggs without pesticides or herbicides and maintain a robust healthy flock.


Robin Clayfield, Earthcare Education (

  • Social Permaculture – Making Connections

Join Robin in weaving the permaculture principles card game into an interactive activity with lots of energy.


In this short talk, Chris will describe ways of applying permaculture principles to residential landscape design. It will include a brief overview ofpermaculture, its ethics and principles, discuss why design is necessary, and provide examples of applying permaculture thinking to the various stages of landscape design.

Chris is living his dream in an owner-built, off-grid house on 10ha near Bungendore, surrounded by fruit trees, vegies, ducks, chooks, llamas, alpacas, Babydoll Southdown sheep and grasshoppers. He works in a home-based landscape architecture practice which also allows him to explore his interests in GIS, CAD and drones.

After many years working in IT in the city, Chris took six months off work  and started an exciting journey involving cooking in a local cafe, running a catering business, the local food movement, landscape design, market gardening and the Bungendore Farmers Market. He is in the final year of study for a Bachelor of Horticulture degree.


  • Cooking with local(ish) native foods (25 mins)

Fiona will demostrate cooking with Warrigal Greens making a simple and tasty gluten-free, vegetable frittata. Once properly prepared Warrigal Greens can be used in place of spinach in many dishes. 

Profiling food available on the day

Local food will be available from stalls to eat fresh and hot or to consume at home. More information is on its way, with updates continuing until the festival.

Our war on waste continues so bring your reusable coffee cup, water bottles and shopping bags for use.

Profiling stallholders who are selling stuff

Market stalls will be selling a variety of produce and goods.  More information is on its way, with updates continuing until the festival.

Our war on waste continues so bring your reusable coffee cup, water bottles and shopping bags for use.

Where to stay in Canberra

Canberra offers a full range of accommodation options from luxury hotels and self-contained apartments to hostels, camping sites, rural properties and airbnb. Try Visit Canberra to browse or book accommodation or call the Canberra Region Visitors Centre on 1300 554 114 for more information about Canberra.

Prefer a more rural stay, why not check out accommodation options in surrounding areas in NSW including Murrumbateman, Queanbeyan, Bungendore or Eaglehawk.

Transport options, parking options

Canberra City Farm is located on Dairy Road in Fyshwick.  It is easily accessible by bike and car with roadside parking options.

Canberra is accessible by plane, train, coach and car. Here’s how you can get here.

Call for sponsors, stallholders, presenters and volunteers


The Permaculture Festival needs sponsors to help offset the costs associated in keeping the festival a free public event.  Sponsorship starts from as little as $100.  Contact Ela if you would like to connect your brand with socially aware customers.

More information on: ACT Permaculture Festival Sponsorship Proposal

Our current sponsors:

Be a speaker, talk or workshop presenter

We are now taking workshop and activity submissions for the festival!

Would you like to lead a workshop? Do you have knowledge on a particular topic that you’d like to share? Then please contact Katy on 0406375150 or email We are looking for speakers that demonstrate the ethics, principles and characteristics of permaculture and to the theme — connectivity.

There are 25min and 55min time slots across three indoor venues (two small and one large). Demonstrations can also be made at your stall in an outdoor setting, however we ask that all activities are coordinated and promoted through the program.

More information on: Speakers Information Pack

Be a volunteer

If you would like to volunteer for the ACT Permaculture Festival, and you can help us with these tasks

  • organising team member
  • parking coordinators
  • information and communications assistants
  • OH&S coordinator
  • presentation coordinator
  • wayfinders and greeters

Please complete the online form or contact us via email at if you are able to assist or require more information.

Volunteer online web form

Become a stallholder

We are now taking stallholder applications for the festival!

The festival is looking for businesses that sell sustainable and environmentally aware products. Stall sites are 3x3m and can be powered on request. Please submit your stallholder application to Greg (Goods and information) or Alfie (Food) at

More information on: ACT Permaculture Festival – Stallholder Information Pack

More information on: ACT Food stall guidelines 2017

If you would like to hold a stall, please fill the form below and we will get back to you shortly!