The keynote lineup for the 2018 Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Canberra

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has developed three properties, consulted and supervised in urban and rural projects and presented lectures, workshops and courses at a wide variety of events and venues in Australia and around the world. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues but always illuminating another aspect of permaculture thinking.

Bruce Pascoe was born in Victoria (south-eastern Australia) in 1947 and graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education. He has a Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage. He has worked as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, farm fence contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archeological site worker and book editor. He has written 27 books including a loosely linked series of 5 novels and won the Fellowship of Australian Writers´ Literature Award in 1999. His novel, Fog, won the Prime Minister’s award in 2013. His stories have won 10 national competitions and been published in 6 languages and 9 countries. More…

Tammi Jonas considers herself an ethicurean farmer, mindful meatsmith, and agrarian intellectual. Along with her hypercompetent husband and three kids, she raises rare breed Large Black pigs, a motley crew of cattle, and Australorp chickens on the volcanic soils of central Victoria at Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths.

Former vegetarian academic Tammi does whole-carcass butchering on the farm (thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns to build a boning room, commercial kitchen, & curing room), and sells their ethical pork and beef predominantly through a thriving CSA (community-supported agriculture).

Jonai Farms is an ethically viable no-growth model – Tammi often says we need to multiply our farms, not scale them, to support more people working the land fairly and to revive rural communities and local food economies.. more…

Dr Charles Massy  has managed an 1820 ha. (4500 acre) sheep and cattle property (running an average 8,000 to 10,000 stock units) for 40 years. In addition he has managed other properties totalling 7,000 ha for city business interests. In the course of this he has led various local rural organizations plus was a regional bushfire captain.

More recent engagement has been in on-farm workshopping with farmers in regenerative agricultural fields, and also begun working with Aboriginal elders in regard to regenerating ‘Country’, including with cool patch-burning.

Dr Massy is author of Call of the Reed Warbler – A New Agriculture – A New Earth more…

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