SHOWING THE WAY: Permaculture pioneer David Holmgren at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens where he hosted a ‘retrofitting the suburbs’ workshop.
SHOWING THE WAY: Permaculture pioneer David Holmgren at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens where he hosted a ‘retrofitting the suburbs’ workshop. Contributed

Permaculture pioneer shares secrets in Mullumbimby

AUSTRALIA'S permaculture pioneer David Holmgren shared his gardening secrets with dozens of locals at Mullumbimby Community Gardens over the weekend.

Mr Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett hosted a 'retrofitting the suburbs' workshop at the gardens on Saturday, exploring future scenarios Mullumbimby residents could use in their gardens.

Mr Holmgren was inspired to pursue permaculture while studying environmental design in Hobart in 1974.

"I was interested in how agriculture, landscape architecture and ecology came together," he said.

"Everywhere I looked in the literature there didn't seem to be anywhere that these three things came together."

Mr Holmgren then met Bill Mollison and together they penned Australia's first book on permaculture, Permaculture one, which was published in 1978.

"Permaculture has sort of been a runaway thing since then that has created its own dynamic all around the world," Mr Holmgren said.

Mr Holmgren and Mr Mollison continued to work together, publishing six more books on the topic.

"Permaculture is a design system for both sustainable land use and sustainable living," Mr Holmgren said.

"It's really concerned with the consumption side of the equation and the production side, and how we bring those things back together.

"I think the North Coast of NSW is a great place for those things, there's the space, there's the climate, there's the water and there's a lot of people already providing examples and working models of permaculture."

As part of the weekend event, SEED Mullum members cooked lunch for the community utilising fresh produce harvested from the community garden.

The second annual 100% Sustainable Mullumbimby meeting was held following the workshop.

Residents shared new and old ideas and initiatives aimed at achieving zero emissions sustainably.

David Holmgren and Bill Mollison published Australia's first book on permaculture in 1978, Permaculture one.



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