About Living Bees

  1. Major objective … Permaculture community sharing
  2. Growing healthy lives
  3. Keeping Permaculture Principles alive
  4. Keeping plants for Permaculture Garden set-ups alive and reproducing
    Core plants: pigeon pea, popcorn cassia, comfrey, lemon grass, West Indian lemon grass, arrowroot, bush basil

Ensure these Pioneer plants are not lost, as they are key set-up in garden plantings.

  1. Production of plants at Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens are a link to Living Bee events
  2. A Barter system is being Born

Candidates for Living Bee …

Example 1

Person new to permaculture, has no plants and little knowledge in the garden set-up area. They will be gifted 4 of each plant listed, from CCPG nursery. Demo garden planted at their home.

Example 2

A person in the process of learning (needs help with their existing system). They donate back to CCPG cuttings, seeds, bulbs for propagation and going forward, to CCPG nursery stock.

  • No money asked for either of these examples
  • A community of caring and sharing achieved
  • A bond is now formed between CCPG, Permaculture Noosa, and the persons involved in Living Bee days
  • Opportunity for CCPG persons to visit Living Bee properties of permaculture working gardens and source their needed plant propagation materials

Living Bee Co-ordinator’s Role

  • Asks for suitable candidate
  • Visits task property weeks before for field assessment

IMPORTANT FACTORS for Coordinator:

  • Establish Permaculture Ethics are Solid
  • Caring of Earth
  • No Sprays, No Smoking, No unethical Permaculture practices. In other words, if the vibes from working at this property are not good and it would impact on those attending the Living Bee, the President would be informed to either find a solution, or cancel the event
  • Realistic Safety for Living Bees attendees will be looked at in detail, eg high grass mowed to allow safe walking

There is a need for all members to encourage others to ask for help to perform maintenance tasks which may be way down the line of their daily priorities. BUT … we are NOT a maintenance crew!  Living Bees are a learning experience in many ways and each candidate will have ideas, see their situation and may require ideas from different methods of Permaculture teachings as they see it. A candidate must be clear about the workings on the day of the Living Bee. Planning is essential.

Living Bees will NOT do a major project eg build swales, erect raised beds. We will enhance these structures with plants, add mulch etc

IMPORANT INFORMATION

  • Assess to car parking
  • Time to perform task
  • Time of year (season)
  • Growing season for planting support plants
  • Access to water to ensure survival of plants
  • Task/energy required

Living Bee day …

  • Signs for property location
  • Muster place / sign in book
  • Task board
  • Arrival time – to be determined by the Coordinator
  • Safety / toilet / first aid people assigned
  • Explanation of task / method
  • CCPG nursery team / pre-arranged plants obtained
  • Those who can’t do main activity may help with CCPG task

A summary report will be posted on Permaculture Noosa web page, and tabled at the next Permaculture Noosa club night.

BIO- SECURITY is of utmost importance …

  • Only clean tools will be allowed onto property
  • Utmost respect for owner’s request of ‘NO tools to be brought on site’
  • Utmost respect for owner’s thoughts of weed pulling
  • Approach to task is a thinking process at all times – no thought of ‘my way or no way’ – everyone sees a task differently
  • Clear task methods put on task board

IN SUMMARY …

Living Bees reflect Permaculture, which is a process of changing things for the better of Earth, people and our surrounds.

Sharing knowledge and sharing our Energies to enhance our own individual passion to see the Wonder of our surrounds.

Valerie Wilson
Living Bee Co-ordinator