The Permaculture Festival on Sunday 15 April 2018 preceded the fourteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Canberra.
Australian permaculture convergences are held in different parts of the country every two years.
AUTUMN CAME SUDDENLY to Canberra this year. From temperatures in the twenties celsius it fell to the low teens just in time for the Permaculture Festival at Canberra City Farm. Grey skies and a strong, biting, cold wind greeted the estimated 4000 people who were tough enough to brave the weather.
With an outlook to the range that stands above the city, Canberra City Farm is an extensive array of vegetable gardens, fruit trees and a few sheds. There’s a rural feel to the place that is enhanced by the open fields surrounding it. It was a good place to stage the Permaculture Festival that was the prelude to the four days of the Fourteenth Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC14) just outside the city at the Greenhills Conference Centre centre in Stromlo.
Fresh organic veggies and books, food ready-to-eat for omnivores and vegetarians, games for adults and children, talks and information — it was all there in the alleyway of stalls and beyond. Also there was David Holmgren and the Melliodora crew from central Victoria with their books that included David’s new volume, Retrosuburbia. And also there was Charlie McGee and the Incredible Vegetable Sound System.
The alley of stalls at 2018 Permaculture Festival was the chance to catch up with friends and colleagues unseen since the last Australasian Permaculture Convergence or beyond.
Just one of the food services at the Permaculture Festival, the earthen oven at Canberra City Farm was was put to good use making hot pizza for the cold, hungry crowd.
Someone with an eye on the weather and an entrepreneurial mind was selling used winter clothes at the Festival. Business was brisk.
Robyn Clayfield, pemaculture educator and author, chats with Ego Lemos, a development worked from East Timor who, with Australian, Lachlan McKenzie, has written a three-part permaculture design manual for the tropics. Ego and Lachlan led a talk on the manual at APC14