E-News – Makuru, 2023

Photo by Nonie Jekabsons

Welcome to the Makuru 2023 edition!

Kaya! and welcome to the Makuru Enews.  The coldest and wettest time of the year in Noongar boodja. Traditionally, for Noongar families, it is known as the season of fertility. Not conception, the time that comes before. And whilst the soil is definitely looking more fertile, I am not feeling particularly fertile. It is also the time of the Solstice, the longest night of the year when the sun is at it’s furthest North. Rituals and traditions from Europe celebrated life, death and rebirth of the sun. Fire is an important element, as it was traditionally for Noongar people. So where am I going with this? Rituals and traditions are great ways for people to connect; with community, with nature and with themselves. Celebration and people care at what can be a challenging time. It could be seen as a fertile time for the mind and spirit. Of embracing the dark and what is, whilst lighting a spark and exploring what may be. Can we take this sentiment into the week, NAIDOC week, and join in an event in your area? Or join in a community tree planting? What does Care of People mean to you and is self care part of it?

Enjoy reading!
Tan, Enews Editor

Save the date! Aug 19

Earthwise, Subiaco. 12pm – 3:15pm

Time to meet, eat and be merry! Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a financial member. To find out more follow this link.

‘Kwoorabup Commons Cooperative’

An exciting prospect  to resurrect a rammed earth building, in the centre of Peace St community, into a regional permaculture and food resilience hub.  Find out more here.

New board of Permaculture Australia

Usually Permaculture Australia (PA) holds its AGM and elects required board members at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence.That didn’t happen though, and in true permie style, read more.

Food Forest for Vincent!

It seems that Food Forests are difficult to establish in Perth. I was very happy when Transition Town Vincent (TTV) contacted me in March about finding PDC graduates to help them with their new read more.

Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

For our Elders is this years NAIDOC theme and it got me thinking, is there a permaculture principle that looks at the place of elders? To understand this better I looked at the NAIDOC website and read more.

Community Tree Planting

Last year, the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc offered small grants to landholders to improve ground cover and on-land fodder options for livestock. A neighbour (Anita) and I read more


I love this recipe and it’s an easy one to follow that a friend of the family shared with us. I have found if you do decide to grow a vegetable garden you all ways have an abundance at one time and learning new ways to store read more.

Bush Tucker Planting Workshop

6 July, Murdoch Community Garden
The Murdoch Community Garden has partnered with Green Skills Inc and Tucker Bush to establish their own native bushfood garden read more

Transition Town Stirling Sustainable WINTER Event

15 July, Doubleview House
Workshops for all ages with a special visit from the Eco Fairies. Find more information.

City Farm Forum: Regenerative Agriculture

20 July, Perth City Farm
Join us to hear from three people involved in this fascinating sector, driving change at the farm Read more.

Household Fruit Production Webinar

23 July Online
An inspiring and informative PermacultureWest webinar on the why, where, what, when and way of growing your fruit with guest speaker Mark Tupman . Read more. 

Wonderful Weeds with Martina Hoeppner

9 Sept,  EnviroHouse
Come and hear about wonderful weeds; what their function in nature is, how to manage them and most of all, which are edible and how to prepare them. Read more.

Events at Perth City Farm

There  is lots happening at Perth City Farm! Check out their calender of events here and their upcoming  practical workshops here.

Frost in the garden

I’m new to frost so I looked and found out more here. 
So how do we design to 
survive frost?
And is there an upside?
This lettuce in my garden showed no damage latter in the day. Amazing!

Syntropic farming

The founder, Ernst Götsch introduces the concept in this short video. And here is great article on a Permaculture perspective. Check out more videos from Scott Hall here, he is visiting and holding courses in WA coming up in September.

PIP Magazine

Have you picked up your copy of the newest issue of Pip? Or received your copy in the post?
What you’ll find inside…read more.

Discount code PCWEST10 for members claim your discount now

Intro to Permaculture, Perth City Farm

Sat 8th Jul 2023, 9:00am-12:00pm 
Join local permaculture expert Rod Hughes to learn about permaculture from the soil up in this introductory class exclusive to Perth City Farm. Find more information.

Part-time PDC with Permaculture Educators Alliance

Part-time Permaculture Design Course (PDC) delivered over ten consecutive Thursdays throughout Term 3, 2023 starting on 20 July 2023. Join us….. read more.

Syntropic Agroforestry Courses – Scott Hall

Margaret River – Sept 1, 2, 3.
Pemberton – Sep 9, 10, 11.
Perth- Sept 15, 16, 17.

This course will be of great use to those who are on a journey in regenerative agriculture, find out more.

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), Fair Harvest Permaculture

Sept 3 – Sept 17
It’s for anyone and everyone interested in healthy lifestyles, growing food and sustainable ways of living. Find more information.

1 day Introduction to Permaculture

Sept 9, WA Museum
Practical workshop on understanding the basics of permaculture systems thinking with mix of theory, hands on, practical and immediate application of new skills, read more.


It doesn’t matter where you are on your permaculture journey, share your story and support others on their journey.

We will publish your article on our website and share it in the enews. Read more….

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