Permaculture Courses 

  • Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course – Next Course Starts Friday the 17th of February

  • Introduction to Permaculture Weekend Course

  • Summer School: Permaculture Basics

For our Sustainable Living Workshops CLICK HERE

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Summer School: Permaculture Basics


Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2017, 8am-12pm
With Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck

Organic Herbs & Vegies. In this practical course, experienced teachers Carmel Harris & Adrian Holbeck will help you understand & enrich your soil with compost, worms & tonics. Choose no-dig herbs & vegies for healthy, year-round harvests.

The summer series highlights local annual & perennial plants.

Week 1: Soil life, hot compost, plant families, legumes as soil food, seed propagation

Week 2: Soil structure, pH testing, nutrients, fertilisers & tonics, build a no-dig garden

Week 3: Crop rotation, seed saving, seasonal planting, cuttings propagation

Week 4: Plant ailments & organic cures, good & bad bugs, Integrated Pest Management

 Cost: $200/$170 ( Health Care Card Holder) + Booking Fee

For Bookings Click Here

 originalIntroduction to Permaculture Weekend Course

Saturday 25th of March and Sunday the 26th of march, 2017
With Morag Gamble

Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Gather great ideas for designing your permaculture oasis. Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community.  Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing.

The topics covered in the Introduction to Permaculture weekend are:

  • What is Permaculture
  • Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles
  • Permaculture for Urban and Suburban areas
  • Garden planning with Permaculture Zones and Sectors
  • Designing your permaculture system
  • Permaculture in the home
  • Building the soil fertility naturally
  • Creating a no-dig garden
  • Establishing a low-maintenance permaculture garden
  • How to create abundance in your edible garden
  • Propagating herbs, perennials and subtropical plants
  • Introduction to seed saving
  • Creating an urban food forest
  • Permaculture in the community

Cost: $200 / $170 (Healthcare Card holder) + Booking Fee.
For Bookings Click Here

  • Permacupdclture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

Dates for 2017:
Friday 17th February to Friday the 2nd of June – with a break for Easter (14th April) BOOK HERE

AND Saturday 12th August to Sat 25th November with a break for Oct long weekend – Sept 30th)

The Permaculture Design Course is the classic permaculture qualification and forms the backbone of sustainability education at Northey Street City Farm.  This exciting program gives you knowledge and skills for designing productive gardens and properties, growing your own food, applying appropriate technologies, using resources wisely, designing animal and plant systems to minimise your workload, rebuilding community values, and generally reducing your impact on our precious environment. The Permaculture Design Course gives a good overview of permaculture ethics, principles and practice, with an emphasis on design. At Northey Street, we include significant hands-on practical experience as well, incorporate partnerships with other community organisations and provide teachers who are leaders in the field of Permaculture.

We consistently get positive feedback from participants about the course, with many saying the course was thorough and transformational!

Here’s what one participant said about our PDC: “I gained a thorough grounding in a wide range of topics relating to permaculture and garden design from this course. The classes were varied and interesting, taught by a range of specialist teachers. I feel that I gained an excellent grounding in permaculture and its principles. It was a fun, enriching and demanding experience.” – Disa Martin, student.


PDC Course Fee. Payable in full prior to course commencement
$1250/ $980 Health Care Card Holder

Initial PDC Booking Deposit (included in total cost)
$300/$240 Health Care Card Holder

Early Bird Discount(full payment one month prior to course commencement)
$1170/ $930 Health Care Card Holder

NSCF Member discount
– $25/ -$15  Health Care Card Holder

For more information about our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses Click Here.
Please take a look at this previous Course Manual for more details.
You can see our current teachers here.

For enquiries:
Phone: (07) 3857 8775 (10am-4pm, Tue-Thursday)Email:

Bookings and Payment Options
Places are limited in most courses and workshops so book now. Bookings for PDC require payment of a deposit of $300 ($240 Health Care Card holders.) Deposits are non-refundable if enrollment is cancelled less than two weeks prior to course commencement. There is a discount for payment in full one month prior to course commencement. Only deposits are taken through Paypal. We would like you to pay for your course through direct deposit so you do not garner fees. Just let us know when you have made a direct deposit.

Paying Through Paypal

Permaculture Design Course

Direct Deposit
Name: Northey Street City Farm
BSB: 313-140 Account Number: 120 459 54

Cash or Card at the City Farm Nursery
You can pay by cash or by card at the City Farm Nursery, open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm and on Sunday during the weekly organic markets from 6.30am-12pm.Secure your place by making a deposit via the options above and complete the booking form under the course you want to register for.

Course cancellations:

We understand that sometimes circumstances change and participants may not be able to attend a course or workshop that has been paid for. For Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses, deposits are non-refundable if enrollment is cancelled less than two weeks prior to course commencement. Exceptions may be made in cases of serious illness sickness or emergencies.Once the PDC course has commenced, course payments are not refundable. However, if students need to withdraw from the course due to illness or emergency, exceptions may be made.For shorter courses (Introductory weekend courses etc) we require a minimum of 3 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 3 days of a workshop. If participants cancel participation in a course and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:

  • Opt for a credit for another course, to be used within 12 months of the original date of course commencement.

Cancellations of courses and sessions by Northey Street City Farm:

  • Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) may cancel or change a class at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, lack of participation, inclement weather or facilitator availability.
  • Registrants can opt for a full refund, or can use the credit for a future workshop, to be used within 12 months of the date of the initial workshop or course.



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