Permaculture Festival 2018-04-13T21:55:58+00:00

ACT Permaculture Festival

Celebrating 40 years of permaculture in 2018

Come to the ACT Permaculture Festival on Sunday 15 April 2018 at Canberra City Farm from 10am to 4pm, proudly supported by the ACT Government.

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.

Look who’s going to be here – Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, Formidable Vegetable Sound System playing their ‘ecological electro-swing’ and David Holmgren is launching his latest book, RetroSuburbia.

To download the full program in it’s PDF version, including the map of Canberra city farm, Click here

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. Here’s what’s confirmed, but there’s more to come.

Join Canberra City Farm for one of their 15 min tours. Tours start at 10.15, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15 (with Costa), 1.15 and 2.15 pm. Tours cover wicking beds, demonstration vegetable gardens, vineyard, community garden plots, composting and worm farming. Meet at site #54.

Program Features

Costa Georgiadis

10.15 am Grubby the garden gnome kids activity – 30 mins, in the kids zone


Join Costa on the 12.15pm tour around the Canberra City Farm demonstration gardens – 30 mins, meet at the Canberra City Farm site #54

1.15 pm Let’s connect talk – 1 hour, on stage

David Holmgren


10.45 am RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future – 1 hr 30 mins, on stage

In an interview style format including music by Formidable Vegetable Sound System and guest speaker Charles Massy, David is launching his exciting new book RetroSuburbia. The book shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and, above all, themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient into an uncertain future. It promises a challenging but exciting mix of satisfying work, a more meaningful way of living and hope for the next generation. Book sales and signings available

2.45 pm Formidable Vegetable Sound System – 55 mins, on stage

A triumphant experiment in ecological electro-funk-swing, busting out energetic, quirky mashups of speakeasy-style antique-beats with live ukulele, hyperactive horns and the principles of permaculture.

“So infectious that the most ardent climate sceptic would have trouble staying still” – Sydney Morning Herald

Wally Bell

Buru Ngunawal

10.00 am Welcome to Country – 10 mins, on stage

10.10 am Festival opening – 10 mins, on stage

10.20 am Tree planting – 5 mins, near site #47

Kids Activities

10.15 am Grubby the garden gnome kids activity – 30 mins, in the kids zone

All day – Pollination game for kids, at site #48

A game for kids (suitable for ages 3-12) where they pretend to be bees and pollinate the apples trees. Earning a delicious organically grown apple. Bees pollinate a whopping two thirds of our food production. Yet they are more and more vulnerable to disease and pests, chemical sprays and habitat loss.

All day – box play, at site #61

Suitable for ages 1-12 years. Kids can build forts or castles, travel into space, journey through tunnels or cook their favourite food using their imagination and some box props.

All day – nature crafts, at site #62

Morning – kids work in a small group with direction to make and decorate willow wreaths.  Free activity but bookings essential, register your child at site #62

Afternoon – kids will be able to make wind streamers using repurposed fabrics and sticks

All day – sandpit and mud kitchen, at site #60

Do your kids get enough ‘dirt time’? Take your kids over to the sandpit and mud kitchen so they can make some fabulous mud pies. This will be just one part of the natural play area available for the kids to explore.

All day – face painting, at site #66

All day – Jerrabomberra Wetlands, at site #18

Tucker the turtle might make an appearance but it depends how he feels. Otherwise you can try the touch table, stickers, hair colour, tattoos, and indigenous mats with soft toys for young kids (0-5 years).

Speakers Program

Chris Curtis

Fresh Landscape Design

10.15 am Permaculture and landscape design – an introduction – 25 mins, Wetlands room

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

Sue Eastwood

Canberra Urban Homesteading Club

10.15 am Preserving the harvest – 45 mins, Kitchen room

Does your garden produce so much that you don’t know what to do with it all? Let Suzanne explain what produce is suitable for hot water preserving. She will prepare a selection of produce and fruit for bottling, including tomatoes. This includes preparing liquids to put in jars such as light sugar, honey and fruit juice. She will also show different bottling equipment, jars, stove top and electric options for preservers. Hands on and questions answered. Six-page handout of food safety and preparation techniques.

10.15 am How to make a wicking bed – 55 mins, next to site #41

Have you ever wondered how you can make your vegetables grow like crazy without spending the whole summer watering? Or maybe you would like to take a summer holiday without your precious plants keeling over the moment your back is turned!?

Wicking beds are a great way to conserve water while producing great crops. And they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Join Canberra’s own ‘Wicking Witch of the West’ – Cally Brennan, who will show you how easy it is to make your own wicking garden bed or plant pot. Cally has spent the last 8 years making all sorts of wicking beds, from the very large to the very small – learn her tips on how you can make your garden thrive and survive, even in the very hottest weather!

Gurkan Yeniceri

10.45 am Backyard aquaponics – 55 mins, Wetlands room

Aquaponics is a closed system where fish and vegetables grow together. The fish are kept in a large tank and create the nutrients that are pumped into a grow bed for the vegetables. Let Gurkan explain his surburban backyard system using cool climate fish and greens.

11.00 am Challenge your thinking on using industrial hemp – 25 mins, Kitchen room

Industrial hemp is a food, fibre, hurd, medicine and fuel. Crops can be grown almost anywhere in Australia (best with irrigation) and can have 2-3 good crops per year. Industrial hemp doesn’t have high THC and can’t be used to get high. There are so many uses of hemp including as a great carbon sequester plant. Countries like China lead the world in industrial hemp production. Eighty years after hemp cultivation was banned in Australia the industry is enjoying a second coming. Come and find out more.

Annie Egan


11.30 am Heating and cooling effects of garden design – 25 mins, Wetlands room

Hot in summer? Freezing in winter? Annie will explain about Canberra’s wind directions, sun altitude and azimuth. Understanding these can help you design a garden and home to take advantage of cooling summer breezes, shade in the right place and warming winter sun.

Zoe Reynolds

11.30 am How to make your own beeswax wraps – 25 mins, Kitchen room

Beeswax wrap is a fantastic alternative to disposable plastic food wrap. Many of us are trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce, and beeswax wraps are one very simple step in the right direction! Beeswax wrap is reusable, easy to make, is made using easily-sourced natural materials, and can be used for everything that you would usually use plastic food wrap for.

In this session, Zoe will demonstrate how to make your own beeswax wrap at home. We’ll chat about what you can use it for, how to use it, and where to source the materials. Come along and you may get a chance to make your own beeswax wrap to take home with you!

Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch

Wynlen House Slow Food Farm

12.00 pm Poultry nutrition basics– 55 mins, Wetlands room

This talk takes a close look at the nutritional needs of poultry 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.

Robina McCurdy

Earthcare Education NZ

12.00 pm Empowering local food resilience – 45 mins, Kitchen room

Learn how Robina’s social permaculture processes and community development methods can create a thriving local food culture and economy.

In this interactive workshop, Robina will take us step by step from being a novice gardener, to generating household food abundance, to developing a comprehensive neighbourhood food security approach which connects with community organisations, then multiplying up this pattern to bioregional scale.

Robin Clayfield

Earthcare Education

12.15 pm Social permaculture – making connections –  55 mins, on stage

Join Robin in an interactive workshop that is a living, moving example of Social Permaculture. Discover and share more about what Social Permaculture is and how we can design our social landscapes to grow a more healthy, happy and aware society. Connect with others on the Permaculture path and participate in playing the ‘Permaculture Principles Card Game’ with a focus on applying the principles and ethics to support dynamic and successful groups, organisations, social enterprises, families and community… for a better world.

Nick Ritar


12.30 pm You can turn spent coffee grounds, straw, cardboard and sawdust into delicious gourmet mushrooms. Nick Ritar from Milkwood will show you low-tech methods using up-cycled containers to grow white, pink, blue, golden, pearl or king oyster mushrooms in your home or garden.
– 25 mins, at site #28

Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zairns

Tabandy Farm

12.45 pm Wool and chickens in permaculture and art – 55 mins, Kitchen room

Tabitha will explain how she brings together her experience and expertise of horticulture, animal management, chicken handling skills, wool production and textile artistry with permaculture principles. She’ll detail how you can use animals on a farm without eating them. All the while you will play with wool in soapy water to create an individual sculptural felt piece. 

You may recognise Tabitha and Tabandy Farm from the TV series River Cottage Australia, where she mentored Paul West with his chicken showing and provided camel manure for the garden.

Sam Hawker and Frank Deveson

Another Way of Living

12.45 pm and 2.15 pm Rocket stoves – 30 mins, at site #20

A rocket stove is an efficient and hot burning stove using small-diameter wood fuel. Fuel is burned in a simple combustion chamber containing an insulated vertical chimney, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface. Sam and Frank made theirs from recycled materials and will demonstrate its use making cup of coffee.

David Watson

Millpost Farm

1.00 pm The Canberra forest – 25 mins, Wetlands room

Canberra has a wonderful range of trees across its streets and parks.  Let David help you in identifying which ones are useful for permaculture, such as cork oak, stone pine, honey locust and black walnut.  Explore how Canberra’s street trees had a role in the early development of permaculture in Canberra. David will draw on the historical work of foresters Thomas Weston and Lindsay Pryor as well as the work of Marc Julienne in the late 1970s and 80s. An appraisal of the National Arboretum is included in the discussion. Key reference books are Trees in Canberra and Street trees in Canberra.

Gurkan Yeniceri

1.30 pm Cheese making basics – 55 mins, Wetlands room

Gurkan will explain how to make feta, camembert and ricotta cheeses.

Stephanie Teagle

The Purity Store

1.45 pm Making your own skincare – 25 mins, Kitchen room

Don’t pay big bucks for lotions and potions for your skin. Join Stephanie to learn how to make your own skincare products using common kitchen ingredients.  Stephanie will demonstrate making skin scrubs, masks and hair treatments that you can go home and make yourself. She will also have a range of other products to show what else you can do.  There’s health and sustainability benefits in making your own and/or buying natural locally sourced skincare ingredients.

Bronwyn Richards and Helen Lynch

Wynlen House Slow Food Farm

2.15 pm Bio intensive poly cultures – 55 mins, Wetlands room

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.

Nina Gabor

Style by Nina

2.15 pm Re-styling the clothes in your wardrobe – 25 mins, on stage

Eco Stylist, Nina Gbor teaches simple techniques for creating your perfect sustainable wardrobe based on the philosophy, buy less, choose well and make it last. The talk focuses on why sustainable clothing is so important for our personal lives, the environment and the lives of garment workers. You will also learn how to reuse the same pieces in your wardrobe for different types of occasions and for multiple seasons throughout the year. The result? Less fashion waste, consistently look amazing and spend less on clothes.


Fiona Porteous

Bent Shed Produce

2.30 pm Cooking with local(ish) native foods – 25 mins, Kitchen room

Fiona will demonstrate 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.

April Sampson-Kelly

Mother Goose Permaculture

3.00 pm Explore how art makes a difference – 25 mins, Kitchen room

When we change the way we see the world, we also change the way the world sees us. The most useful tool for environmental mindfulness is observation. Art can stop us in our tracks. Let’s explore how art makes a difference.  Evaluate your ‘ecolution’.  Build new direction. Participants will work on different practical activities to formulate ideas on how art works to build awareness, celebration of nature, and supportive, connected communities. This workshop aims to enrich the communication of complex environmental issues to achieve effective change. The unique beauty of permaculture is its ability to use design as a tool for efficiency. This clever use of design deserves to be better understood. Art can help to sell complex ideas.


Virginia Solomon

Permaculture Australia

3.15 pm Permaculture education pathways – 25 mins, Wetlands room

Courses in permaculture are available virtually all over the world and the smorgasbord of offerings is immense. One can do a short course in an aspect of permaculture, such as identifying edible weeds, or keeping chickens organically, or one can do the popular Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and follow that with an advanced design course or a teacher training course. Your choices are large and growing, and it can be difficult to understand where the offerings fit in the overall pattern. Virginia Solomon has spent the last 15 years working to develop accredited permaculture training and to promote permaculture education more generally. She will use a graphic developed by the Permaculture Educators’ Guild (Vic) and the APT Working Group of Permaculture Australia to show how the many and varied opportunities in permaculture education fit together.

Shaoying Wang

Shaoying Tours

3.30 pm Permaculture living in rural China – 25 mins, Kitchen room

Shaoying connects people to the earthy way of living in rural China, the permaculture living. She will share knowledge and wisdom about the land, food growing, foraging wild foods, traditional cooking, nature-inspired folk art, being part of a community and family.

Festival Printed Program

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 coffeea cup, water bottles and shopping bags for use.
Here’s what confirmed so far:

#9 Adam’s Patisserie is selling Mediterranean type sweets, cakes, biscuits, slices and breads. Also savory hot pies and sausage rolls.

#58 Agape Organic Food Truck is coming from Sydney. See their board for their festival specials on the day.  All meals are made with organic ingredients or marine stewardship certification for fish.

#8 Freshly made espresso coffee is available all day with Bean Culture. Bring your reusable cup to reduce waste

#40 Bellerophon Coffee make small batch specialty grade cold brew tea and coffee. Try the nitrogen infused cold brew coffee, nut and milk cold brew coffee latte or carbonated white tea with mint and lemon. Bring your reusable cup to reduce waste.

#5 Bent Shed Produce grow and source local Australian native herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. A range of breads, sweets, crackers and other products are available to taste the flavours. Fiona is running a cooking with native food demonstration at 2.30 pm in the Kitchen room.

#57 Canberra Magic Kitchen provides vegan food, using mostly organic ingredients and locally grown veggies. They will have sweet and savoury crepes and delicious lentil and pumpkin soup, gluten free options available.

#44 The Cannoli Brothers  team make divine cannoli using their perfected recipe. They use local ingredients where possible, including local eggs, dairy from the Southern Highlands, and seasonal fruit and flour from Young. The freshly made cannoli shells are filled to order on site with a range of sweet custards, creams and cheese fillings. Take some home for a Sunday night treat…if it lasts that long!

#59 Delicious and hot pizzas will be available from the Canberra City Farm wood fired cob pizza oven. Choose your variety and watch it being freshly made and cooked while you wait.

#59 Wood-fired baked potatoes with toppings will be from Canberra City Farm.

#64 Capital Brewing Co are selling cans of small batch craft beer using the finest ingredients and Canberra’s pristine water

#43 A local certified organic small mixed farm, Caroola Farm is selling a variety of fresh seasonal produce and preserves. They will have organic beef sausages on the BBQ served in rolls with Caroola Farm Salad and their own special Caroola Sauce.

#65 Cracking Corn specializes in making fresh popcorn. Try salted caramel, lightly sweet and salty, cinnamon toast or smoked garlic and rosemary.

#45 Dot’s Homemade Jams makes jams of course, but also chutneys, marmalades, fruit leathers using local produce from their garden. Taste the variety of preserves on mini pancakes. Gluten free available.

#42 End of Thyme Sustainable Catering is built around a totally environmentally sustainable practice. All produce and ingredients are sourced from within Australia, as locally as possible to bring you delicious seasonal food. Low food miles, always. We aim for zero waste to landfill.

#17 Flat Out Produce handcrafts a range of infused extra virgin olive oils using olive oil from the Aminya Grove ‘Olimia Estate’ in Captains Flat. The range includes garlic, rosemary and Australian mountain pepperberry, mint and lemon thyme. Also try out their olive leaf tea.

#37 Good Life Food is serving up fresh Asian food cooked with locally farmed produce that have had a good life (no pesticides, No GM, No hormones etc…) Vegetarian option always available (unless sold out).

#35 Grillax BBQ is selling Filipinio flavoured pork, chicken or lamb skewers and grilled corn. Add a serving of rice noodles for a delicious lunch.

#38 Idyllic Hill Wines grow cool climate grapes in Murrumbateman. They are offering tastings and wine sales by the bottle. Try their dry white, Cabernet Rose and/or Merlot.

#42 Lily’s Vegan Kitchen is serving up healthy, fresh, organic, plant-based nutrition meals and snacks.

#31 The Purity Store is committed to helping people live natural and sustainable lives. My wholefood, reduced sugar treats use simple natural ingredients, covering a range of dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free and paleo.

#39 Serendibitea sells hand crafted natural teas and iced teas. There’s black teas, fruity teas, Chai teas, herbal teas and green teas. Can you see the Mr Tea strainer soaking in your next cuppa?

#2 Pick up an apple slinky for the kids at Southern Harvest’s community stall. They are also selling a variety of local produce.

#21 If the sun shines Slow Food Canberra will have available solar cooked food for tasting.

#36 The Food Co-op will be serving hot curry and stew to keep you warm all day.

#41 In the Homegrown Me kitchen, Sentayehu Fikre will be cooking up delicious Ethiopian food.

Profiling stallholders who are selling stuff or have useful information

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.
Stalls to browse

#26 Come and visit the Canberra arm of, a global movement which is acting to halt the climate crisis. They join with other environmental groups in online campaigns and public actions with the twin aims of keeping fossil fuels in the ground and supporting a transition to a cleaner and fairer economy. They sell T-shirts, #StopAdani tea towels, “Don’t cook the climate”aprons, and badges.

#48 Love food? Love bees. Small and vital bees work together for the good of the whole ecosystem. Let’s join them by making bee friendly gardens. Find out how with ACT for bees. Kids can pollinate the apple tree to receive a free organic apple.

#34 ACT Wildlife is Canberra’s wildlife care group. Caring for injured, sick and orphaned native animals.

#7 Alternative Technology Association inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Purchase a copy of Renew or Sanctuary magazines for inspiring ideas.

#20 Rocket stoves in action at 12.45 pm and 2.15 pm with Sam Hawker and Frank Deveson, Another Way of Living.

#27 and # 30 Australian Electric Vehicle Association (Canberra Branch) will have a couple of electric cars and bikes on display, plus their owners to answer your questions.

#4 Bees R Us is selling products produced from honey and wax. Including Braidwood honey, hand cream, face wash, lip balm, wax wraps, candles, honey comb, block wax, furniture polish and leather conditioner.

#5 Bent Shed Produce grow and source local Australian native herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Infusing some into salts and sugars and others into seasoning mixes to make these unique and truly local flavours accessible. Fiona is running a cooking with native food demonstration at 2:30 pm in the Kitchen room.

#24 Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. You can pick up a free kit and sew your own bag for use or purchase a ready made bag. These bags have been community made, using recycled materials. Pick one up at the Canberra Environment Centre stall.

#52, #53, #54, #55 Canberra City Farm is establishing learning hubs #53 where the community can creatively share knowledge and experience of socially, economically and environmentally responsible food production and sustainable living.  You’ll find a selection of preserves and seedlings available for sale at #55. Join a tour at 10.15, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15 (with Costa), 1:15 and 2.15 meet at #54. Let the kids try out the sand and mud kitchen #60. Learn about chickens at site #52.

#24 The Canberra Environment Centre  focuses on environmental education. They work directly with the community to ensure the best environmental outcomes for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application. They are selling insect hotels, worm farms, organic waste bins for the kitchen and a gardening calendar specifically written for Canberra. Purchase a Boomerang bag to carry items and free up your hands.

#47 Canberra Native Nursery grow and sell ‘Canberra tough’ native plants.

#22 Canberra Seed Savers is building a living seed bank and a thriving network of local gardeners and farmers with Canberra City Farm. They will have open-pollinated seeds for sale and swap.

#23 Use tools, get advice and fix bikes with Cycle Jam.

#14 Robin Clayfield and Earthcare education have been creating, developing and pioneering Dynamic Groups, a methodology for permaculture education and group work. Find resources for sale at the site and participate in Robin’s workshop at 12.15 pm on the stage.

#29 Environmental Defenders Office (ACT) are a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law in the ACT and surrounds. Let us help you.

#67 Global Worming works on site at Canberra City Farm. Collecting food waste from schools and businesses. The special composting worms quickly eat their way through all those scraps to create wonderful rich castings and wee. Take home a bottle as a wonderful additional to your garden.

#50 Lyneham Commons is an edible forest garden that fosters community learning, connection and wellbeing. They are fundraising by selling food forest edibles and support seedlings. Come chat to us about what we have learnt.

#19 Millpost Merino are a broadscale permaculture farm producing Merino yarn, preserves and vegetables.

#12 Pick up your copy of David Holmgren’s latest book RetroSuburbia with Melliodora Publishing. Get your copy signed today and build your permaculture library. Hear David speak at 10.45 am on the stage.

#28 Milkwood is dedicated to teaching and sharing permaculture skills, for living like it matters. They offer online resources and training. Nick will be giving a waste free mushroom cultivation demonstration at 12.30 pm at their site.

#51 PermablitzACT helps members turn their tired suburban gardens into edible landscapes filled with vegetables, fruit trees, nuts and berries using permaculture principles. Purchase winter brassica seedlings to add to your winter garden.

#11 Find your own pathway to learning more about permaculture by discussing educational options with Permaculture Australia. Virginia is also speaking on permaculture education pathways at 3.15 pm in the Wetlands room.

#15 Pip permaculture magazine is your guide to living the good life. Pick up the latest edition and you while there browse other permaculture-related books and gifts for sale.

#32 Passionate about keeping fashion cast-offs in circulation and not going to landfill? Preloved for relove have materials that can provide ladies with stylish and affordable sustainable options for the conscious shopper.

#10 Thinking about solar? Stop by and talk with Power Saving Centre Canberra, they’re locals. They have solar panels and information on installation in ACT and NSW.

#23 Knowing how to make repairs is a gainful skill. Repair Café works to fix bikes (with Cycle Jam), mend clothes and tinker with electronics.

#56 Find out about the SEE-Change Woden Low Energy Super Shed. It will be an important display at Canberra City Farm to showcase passive sustainability.

#25 Shaoying tours connects people to the earthy way of living in rural China, the permaculture living. Shaoying will share knowledge and wisdom about the land, food growing, foraging wild foods, traditional cooking, nature-inspired folk art, being part of a community and family. Hear Shaoying talk at 3.30pm in the Kitchen room.

#21 Using the sun’s energy see Slow Food Canberra’s display of solar ovens cooking food for tasting. Also try your hand at milling oats by bike.

#2 Southern Harvest’s community stall showcases a range of local producers. Book into a local permaculture farm tour for next weekend (20-22 April), going to Bega, Southern Tablelands, Illawarra  and around Canberra.

#16 Tabandy Farm produces homegrown wool and natural fibres. They will have wool rovings, loose washed and dyed wool, rare wools and fibes, hand-spun yarn, woollen wearables and felt hats for sale.

#31 The Purity Store is committed to helping people live natural and sustainable lives. My skincare products use simple and natural ingredients. Help reduce waste by bringing your own container for filling. Stephanie will demonstrate at 1.45 pm (in the Kitchen room) making skin scrubs, masks and hair treatments that you can go home and make yourself.

#46 The Sustainable Gardener is a social enterprise with a passion for making a difference in Canberra. They create and maintain beautiful and edible gardens while providing gainful employment and support for people living with disabilities. Products for sale include Landtasia organic compost, Global Land Repair products, Phi’on products and Olive Centre products.

#49 Uncle Joe’s mobile chook runs allow families to have chooks in their backyard in a safe environment.

Raised eye gardens help gardeners grow produce in a small space.

Love shacks are modular, galvanised and fully engineered to withstand Australia’s harsh weather. Provides extra space and you can even install one yourself it’s easy.

#6 Not all garlic tastes the same. Be surprised and even awed by the flavour profiles of Wynlen House Slow Food Farm’s garlic and from a number of different garlic groups and purchase your favourite to take home and share with friends.

#18 Woodlands and Wetlands Trust manages two of Canberra’s significant landscapes – Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands. These areas provide a rich and diverse habitat for a range of birds and other animals yet remain accessible to the community. The wetlands are right next door to Canberra City Farm and offer walking trails to view birds. There will also be a kids touch table, indigenous mats with soft toys for young (0-5 years) kids.Tucker the turtle might make an appearance but it depends how he feels.

#60 – Sandpit and mud kitchen

Do your kids get enough ‘dirt time’? Take your kids over to the sandpit and mud kitchen so they can make some fabulous mud pies. This will be just one part of the natural play area available for the kids to explore.

#61 – Box play

Suitable for ages 1-12 years. Kids can build forts or castles, travel into space, journey through tunnels or cook their favourite food using their imagination and some box props.

#62 – Nature crafts

Morning – kids work in a small group with direction to make and decorate willow wreaths.  Free activity but bookings essential, register your child at site #62

Afternoon – kids will be able to make wind streamers using repurposed fabrics and sticks

#66 – Face painting with Louisa

#34a Now that we are heading into winter, you may like to add one of Lisa’s recycled jumpers or jackets to your wardrobe. It’s all rescued clothing. Accessories (hats and scarves) also available.

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 Anna if you would like to connect your brand with socially aware customers.

More information on: ACT Permaculture Festival Sponsorship Proposal

Our current supporters:

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!