Fionn Quinlan

5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

As permaculture practitioners our greatest challenge may well be overcoming self doubt. This sentiment was shared by more than one of our leading permaculture practitioners and elders earlier this month at the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth Western Australia. A panel of some of our finest educators was assembled with the expressed intent of answering any and all questions anyone in attendance may have, and as expected an eager […]

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David Holmgren On The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Permaculture

My small family and I recently had the great privilege of attending the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth, Western Australia. Upon completion of the three day convergence, filling our brains with beautiful, challenging and enlightening ideas from our peers, friends, mentors and heroes, I was lucky enough to attend two of David Holmgren’s master classes. The first being Future Scenarios, the second being Advanced Principles and Reading Landscape. Once […]

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Musings on Earthworks

This week sees our little family here at Djaning Farm move into the first major step of the mainframe implementation. We’re co-hosting an earthworks course with the home of The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), Zaytuna Farm. This was one of the first things we began organising even before we landed from our long haul flight from England, where we’d finished packing down and shedding ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ from our life […]

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What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture?

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….” This quote from George Orwell still rings true today and even more so if you’re trying to ‘over grow the system’. Like many before me, and as is likely to be after, I came to permaculture via a general disdain for our current system, a feeling of frustration at the general lack […]

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5 Plants to get you back on the Fair Dinkum Track

In a recent article by John Newton and Paul Ashton from the University of Technology Sydney, the question is raised as to whether or not one can call oneself a true member of their nation, or even bioregion if they have not partaken of it’s indigenous fare. This question I’ve found particularly pressing, and one that seems a little too hard to swallow (pun intended) as the answer feels like […]

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Fukuoka, Bowie, Gandhi and You

So you’ve heard of Permaculture, you understand the notion of sustainability, you recycle… mostly, you’re grappling with the concept of infinite growth on a finite planet, perhaps you have some friends or family who are beginning to behave a little strangely and keep talking about things like ‘biochar’, ‘cob’ or ‘compost tea’? In short, you’re interested, but you don’t know where to begin! A book that has become a cornerstone […]

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