Your PDC Guest Teachers
Limestone Permaculture is fortunate to have a swag of highly skilled teachers across a range of environmental disciplines and all within our local region. Their diversity of backgrounds, skills and approaches guarantees inspiration & greater understanding within your course learning experience!
Botany & Horticulture @ Limestone
Rebecca grew up spending many hours in her maternal grandmothers sprawling Victorian cottage garden & aunts ambling contemporary bush garden featuring a vast array of unusual botanical curiosities, orchids & all manner of rare bulbs.
A deep love & admiration of flora ensued.
Rebecca has worked throughout her life on natural habitat restoration & revegetation projects, food gardens, market gardens, production horticulture, seed collection & plant propagation.
She studied Environmental science & natural resource management at Southern Cross University with a focus on Silviculture (forestry) & flora ecology.
She went on to intern with the National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.
While pursuing her tertiary ventures Rebecca continued to collect and cultivate rare & unusual plants, particularly those of ethnobotanical importance, along with collecting & propagating local indigenous rainforest species for conservation & ecological restoration works.
She has worked at the fantastic Woodbridge nursery in Tasmania & there learnt from some of Australia’s best plantspeople to truly hone her skills in plant propagation & nursery production.
She has plant sales experience via various local markets.
Provides informed garden / landscape design utilising lesser known ecologically sensitive plants and operates a small private propagation nursery near Wingham, NSW, where she indulges her passion for growing & sourcing rare & unusual plants, climate appropriate ornamental & heirloom perennials, along with edible plants, herbs & ethnobotanicals.
Yeo Farm > Farm Visit
Andrew & Emma Yeo
Haling from a traditional farming background in the mid-west of NSW, Andrew & his wife Emma moved to Bulahdelah to become modern regenerative farmers & grow a thriving farm business.
Andrew is improving their beautiful property daily using permaculture principles & regenerative practices, his vision is to have a resilient lifestyle that provides healthy fresh food for his family and community whilst enhancing the fertility of his farm.
Holding a Permaculture Design Certificate & various other holistic and regenerative farming skills, Andrew practices & demonstrates Yeoman's 'Scale of Permanence' and 'Permaculture' as an overreaching philosophy to plan & future proof 'Yeo Farm'
Their water retention land-forming techniques has enabled Andrew & Emma to run a successful 'paddock to plate' lamb operation inside a short time frame and through one of the driest season in 40 years.
Yeo Farm demonstrates real regenerative farming techniques & practices which will value add your course learning experience!
Permaculture Homesteading > Farm Visit
Marnie & Ken Johnson - Misty Ridge Farm
Ken and Marnie moved to their 300 acre property 'Misty Ridge' located in the foothills of the beautiful Gloucester Tops & near the town of Gloucester during the mid 1990’s, with climate change in mind and started developing the property from scratch using permaculture and sustainable principles.
Their background as educationalists, Ken’s practical skills and Marnie’s horticultural qualifications have been put to good use during their time in Gloucester.
They have spent the last 25yrs developing their property which includes:
- Passive solar house
- Organic Certified Herb & Vegetable Business
- Terraces and swales to retain water
- Built micro-climates to shelter various crops
- Re-vegetated cleared land for wildlife preservation.
- Small Nursery business.
- Producing olive oil for their own needs with surplus being sold.
- Honey & Egg production
Ken and Marnie have successfully demonstrated it is possible to be relatively self sufficient and earn an income from what was considered “rubbish land”.
They have trialed and developed many efficient watering methods, soil development techniques and are currently investing in wicking-bed systems.
They continue to teach and share their knowledge with anyone who is interested.
They are environmentalists & were involved in the Gloucester Project as well as campaigning against mining in the area.
So with age comes decisions & they have now retired from the commercial growing of vegetables and are focusing on developing their nursery & downsizing their property.
They have a 3 year plan changing the property to meet their current and future ‘ageing needs’.
They are using permaculture design and again showing how versatile permaculture is and how it can be used to meet changing needs.
Living Soils & Beneficial Microbes
Lee Fieldhouse - Island Biologicals Biocast+
Lee and his his partner Kirsty own & operate 'Island Biologicals' on the Mid North Coast, where their aim is to utilise the magic of worms to create products which maximise the health and vigour of soils and plants for all!
Lee's philosophy is that 'Nature Knows Best' & 'Life Creates Life', which suits him perfectly for the passion he has for regenerative systems that enhance not only the plants, but also animals, landscapes, people, communities and businesses.
Lee's in depth knowledge encompasses the promotion of healthy soils specialising in natural bio-stimulants that are packed with living microbes, enzymes, hormones & fulvic acid.
Lee also is a long standing permaculturist with a PDC under his belt.
Biological Land Steward - Adon Bender
Adon has years of hands-on experience in various fields of regenerative agriculture and permaculture methodologies,
Applying biological soil management, watercourse restoration and land rehydration, coupling animal, perennial and annual systems with a ‘successional agroforestry’ approach to remediating soils and ecosystems.
Adon initiated his journey at Geoff Lawton’s 'Zaytuna' Permaculture Research Institute with an intensive PDC going on to work as an intern on the farm for a total of 2 years managing the various productive systems.
Then completing a 'Sustainable Soil Management' course with Paul Taylor, focusing on ‘soil-food-web-science’and specialising in biological soil amendments.
Adon has been involved extensively & applied himself to many Permaculture projects over the years and often at a preliminary stage when design & planning are imperative for success.
Check out a short video on Adon at Hazelcombe Farm (2017)
Hands On Homesteading
Nici Cooper - Simply Homesteading @ Limestone Farm
Nici is our resident farmhouse wholefood cook & recipe conjurer with a focus on catering & coaching those of us with allergies, intolerances & seeking a life of regenerative wellness. Nici holds an Advanced Certificate of ‘Nutrition & Health’, specialising in Infant, Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition and is currently studying ‘Australian Native Herbalism’.
She can be usually found in the Limestone Farm kitchen getting her Homesteading on with fermenting, pickling, preserving, infusing, bottling & baking, utilising our 'beyond organic' farm fresh produce.
Nici alongside Brett also undertakes the farm’s holistic animal wellbeing and husbandry with our daughter Bronte, caring for and breeding a variety of ducks, chickens, quail, turkeys & goats.
Earthworks & Dams
Paul Park - Soil & Water Solutions Pty Ltd
Paul comes from years of experience & extensive technical knowledge and application of soil conservation principles and practices.
He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team of professional environmental consultants in designing and managing civil and environmental construction projects.
Paul's skill-set includes preparing Water Conservation Plans, providing advice to local Councils, Landcare groups and landholders on soil and water conservation works.
He specialises in survey, investigation and design for stock / domestic water supply schemes, earth dams and soil conservation works
Rick Barker - Permaculture Specialist
Richard Barker is a permaculture, environmental and societal sustainability advocate who supports research, education and design in sustaining practices and management.
A remediation advocate of 30 years’ experience, he combines opportunity with multiple solutions, developing all natural environmental and societal synergy, stabilisation and enhancement solutions through technically astute practical processes successfully implemented across the globe.
He is the founder of Tilligerry Permaculture Research and Education Farms, as demonstrations of the shared success model.
As a Polyculture Permaculture and Societal practitioner Rick Barker brings together approaches and experience from Australia and around the world that when applied, have solutions for everyday living.
A colleague of Bill Mollison, Rick continues to design and share learning's wherever invited locally and internationally through positive creative activity.
A blending of traditional cultural awareness with contemporary advancements in sustainable living, utilising conscious functional design are growth attributes.
Tilligerry Permaculture Research & Education is example focused, showing simple solutions to inspire, empower and improve.