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News from the JULY PDC Course

Well another round of amazing PDC students were produced here at Permaculture Sydney Institute who without a doubt will go on to achieve great things. It was a small but very productive group this winter. Each have big ambitions of teaching, working abroad, developing...

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Farmer of the month: Nick Shaw

This month’s farmer of the Valley of St Albans is Nick Shaw. Nick is a Horticulturalist and is passionate about plants. He teaches horticulture at Ryde College of TAFE where he teaches about plants so much of his life is about just that - plants.  Nick was inspired to...

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10 Reasons I love Mandala Gardens

You don’t have to have a mandala garden to have a permaculture garden or be a permie. One chooses to have one. There are many garden design options sometimes the site will determine, the climate or the designer. I’ve chosen a mandala garden design and here are 10 good...

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Farmers of the Month Series:

Each month PSI profiles a farmer of our valley who is growing food and contributing to the ‘Valley Veg Basket’. Farmers of the month profile - "The Girls" Sherri McMahon and Ingrid CullenSherri and Ingrid need no introduction for us locals here at St Albans. Apart...

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The Valley Veg Basket Project

The Valley Veg Basket Project has been keeping us very busy sourcing and co-coordinating food from neighbouring farmers and growers in the valley to make up Veggie baskets for local consumers. We are starting small and at this stage we only have a very small...

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The Mandala Garden Project

  The Mandala gardens are coming along well with Veggies now blooming out of them. Soon the veggies will start to be picked and packed in the Valley Veg baskets to supply food locally to neighbours. We used recycled bricks to form the seven mandala garden beds...

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Recipe: Homemade sauerkraut

Monica and Martin shared their traditional Polish way of making sauerkraut whilst here and it was delicious! Making sauerkraut is a great way to introduce fermented food into your diet and improve your gut health greatly. Fermented foods are known to have a lot of...

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Work Exchanges

February was a very popular month for work exchange and farm stay guests here at PSI. We have had lots of requests and have more for coming months. One of our most recent guests, Maud, a trainee Agriculturalist, has been a real delight to have working with us here in...

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The Mandala Garden Project

March saw the commencement of the Mandala Garden Project on our farm. Our seven large mandala gardens clustered around a herb spiral not only looks sensational but also will feel beautiful to work in and be highly efficient and productive. The garden is a commercial...

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PSI New Trainer of the month

Phil Ridler is this month’s new PSI teacher. Apart form Permaculture, Phil’s passion is in renewable energy and sustainable living. Even though Phil fairly recently completed a PDC Course in July 2017 with PSI he has vast experience in the area and comes very well...

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New PSI Trainer – George Gilmour

George is one of latest trainers here at PSI. George is local here and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise that will assist future students. George has excellent people and communication skills and is a very fine trainer. He has completed the...

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PSI in Pictures

PSI IN PICTURES 2018 marks the end of 7 years since PSI began. We have achieved much in that time but have so much more planned for the future. Take a look below to see how far we have come and where we are headed. Thank you for being part of our journey.

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