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what's on this week

Sunday morning - weekly worship engaging with the ancient faith and its radical heart of grace at 10 am followed by morning tea.

Wednesday- newsletter deadline, send to nucnewseditor@gmail.com

Wednesday and Friday - Op Shop sorting.  Come from 9-12 and help sort the treasure from the trash.  First picks and free morning tea, too.

Friday - Op Shop open from 4 30 to 6.

Saturday morning - Op Shop open from 9am til 12pm, Frilly's from 9:30 til 11:30am and the Mulch Pit Community Garden open indefinitely.


The practice of sustainability.

Element - Wood
strength and flexibility, growth and expansion, life and breath

Colour - Green
possibility, hope, simplicity and justice

We are a community that lives in abundance and the belief that there is enough for all.

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Top End Permaculture Design Course

Darwin Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 9th – 21st May 2011

This full time two-week (72 hour) intensive course is fully accredited and internationally recognised. The course runs from 9am – 5pm most days though times may depend on activities. The course is brought to you by the Lakeside Drive Community Garden and hosted by the Mulch Pit Community Food Garden at Nightcliff Uniting Church. Cost: $750 + GST (cheap!)

Topics will include:

•    State of play – where the world is at and where we want to go
•    Ethics and Principles of permaculture
•    Physical and elemental scientific basis for applying permaculture
•    Design techniques used in permaculture including zones and sectors
•    Natural Patterns and how we use them
•    Permaculture in different climates –
      tropical, subtropical and temperate
•    Water security and water use
•    Healthy living soils
•    Home gardens and agriculture
•    Seed saving and nurseries
•    Animal Systems
•    Orchards and Tree crops
•    Housing – low energy design, local materials and retrofitting
•    Renewable and sustainable energy • Reusing and recycling household and
      society waste
•    Developing sustainable and locally based communities
•    Developing sustainable and locally based economies

Course Facilitators

Lachlan McKenzie is a permaculture junkie. After completing his PDC in 1994 in Burra, South Australia, he practiced permaculture for many years in S.A., W.A., and Tasmania. In 1998 – 99 Lachlan undertook a training apprenticeship at Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Centre with Robyn Francis as well as a Creative Facilitation Course with Robin Clayfield and Skye at Crystal Waters. His permaculture adventures took him to East Timor in 2001 where he ended up living for 5 years working with a Timorese and internationals providing training and setting up demonstration sites.

Floyd C. Constable has worked in natural area restoration/management and horticulture for many years. Over this time he has organically developed a passion for Permaculture and sustainable integrated design methods. Floyd completed his PDC with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton and since then has practiced permaculture wherever he lives. Floyd has just returned from a 3 month stint at Milkwood Permaculture.

Emma Lupin sailed around the tropics with her partner Jon for many years before settling in Darwin. She worked as a chef and enjoyed making food from the local foods available at the time. She has completed a PDC with Geoff Lawton and is a keen permaculturalist, gardener and local food promoter. She currently works at Alawa School Farm as the coordinator of their School Kitchen Garden Project.

Lia Gill is a born and bred local horticulture expert (as well as being an accomplished artist). She has worked with the CSIRO grafting and taking cuttings of plant specimens and has run a market stall for many years selling plants she propagated herself. Lia completed a PDC two years ago in Darwin with Rosemary Morrow and shared her knowledge on last years PDC. She currently works at Alawa School Farm as the garden expert of their School Kitchen Garden Project.

Michelle Shugg is a renowned top end sustainable landscape designer who also has a keen interest and wealth of knowledge in sustainable building designs and retrofitting of dwellings.    She    co    runs   In-Scape-Out landscaping and teaches at Charles Darwin University. Michelle completed her PDC two years ago with Rosemary Morrow.

More information and registration forms here.