In a ‘post Covid’ world where organic food and sustainable living are becoming increasingly desirable, Permaculture is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
We would love you to have the opportunity to enjoy all the free information and benefits that Permaculture Noosa Membership provides.
Activities and Services offered by Permaculture Noosa
· Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens (CCPG)
Our Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens provide a demonstration site for permaculture techniques, a venue for some of our workshops and demonstrations, and a place to come and relax and enjoy the benefits of fresh organic produce. Many of our species are subtropical and grown for their suitability to our climate. They make great alternatives to conventional European vegetables and herbs that don’t always thrive here.
· Seed Savers
The Seed Savers group meets monthly in our community gardens. They harvest, prepare, store and package seeds which we sell as a fundraiser for Permaculture Noosa. Our organic (and often heritage) seeds are grown in the community gardens or on members’ properties in the region. This is important as they have adapted to our ecoregion and climatic conditions.
· Monthly Club Nights
(not available until lifting of Covid restrictions)
We have expert, informative, and engaging speakers, demonstrations, supper and socialising. Club Nights are held on the third Thursday of every month at 6.30 pm at the Cooroy Memorial Hall. From 5.45 pm we run our marketplace where you can purchase our seeds, seedlings and other merchandise, and you can bring along your own plants or produce to sell, swap or give away. Club Nights are free for members to attend and $5 for non-members.
· Monthly E-Newsletter – Permanews
Members receive a monthly emailed newsletter packed with permaculture information, helpful gardening tips and suggestions.
· Workshops, Demonstrations and Courses
During the year we run various courses and workshops, including our annual Introduction to Permaculture with Tom Kendall. Many of these workshops offer member discounts.
· Open Gardens
Our monthly Open Gardens are extremely popular and provide a great opportunity to be inspired and learn from other people; see how our hosts handle challenges which many of us face, and experience the many varied interpretations of permaculture techniques. Many of our Open Gardens are only available to our members as well as members of our sister organisations, Yandina Community Gardens and Gympie Permaculture.
Exclusive Member Benefits
· Library Service
We have an extensive range of Permaculture books as well as other related titles that can be borrowed for a 4 week loan period.
· Members Buying Club
Online order system of fresh organic produce that is delivered to our monthly Club Night for collection. Currently we are in partnership with Bunya Grove Produce, but we are hoping to extend this range after we resume Club Nights.
· Members only online Skills Register
Register your skills or business on our skills register for all members to access, or use the register to find just the right person in our organisation to help you with advice, services or products.
· Living Bees
From time to time we hold working bees on members’ properties to help set up Permaculture gardens and assist members who are feeling overwhelmed with work – a great opportunity to socialise and learn lots of Permaculture techniques and tips.
If you are not a member, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a great time to join. Membership rates have remained static for the last 10 years, and the Committee has just voted to retain the current rates until August 2021, when membership categories will change.
JOIN or RENEW your Permaculture Noosa Membership ONLINE. Permaculture Noosa Membership is annual and renewable online every 12 months commencing from the date of joining (or you can opt for auto renewal). Payment on line will also ensure an automatic reminder of your renewal the following year.
Permaculture Membership fees:
· Standard Single $25
· Concession Single $20
· Standard Couple $30
· Concession Couple $25
· Children under the age of 18 years are free
· Concession membership applies to people on government benefits – aged pension, job searchers and students, and holders of a Health Care Card
· Permaculture Noosa holds $20 million public liability insurance