Welcome to our April edition of Permanews. I hope this finds you all healthy and safe. We don’t have a list of coming inspiring and informative events to share with you, however, you will find a very handy article on seed saving at home from our Seed Savers Coordinator, Sue Anderson.

This month our guest writer is Graeme Sait, CEO of NutriTech Solutions. He has written a fantastic article packed full of advice and suggestions for our gardens, to help us stay healthy and productive during our isolation. Graeme is as passionate about human health as he is about soil health, and the two are inextricably linked, so I know you will enjoy his article. Graeme was booked as our guest speaker for Club Night in May. He has kindly agreed to reschedule once we can resume Club Nights. We’ll keep everyone informed of the details as time draws near. In the meantime, if you would like to subscribe to his regular newsletter Nutrition Matters, contact NutriTech Solutions—visit www.nutri-tech.com.au.

Another person I highly recommend to follow is Morag Gamble. Since the global pandemic took hold, Morag has prepared some wonderful information on growing our own food without relying on nurseries for seeds and seedlings (they are very scarce at the moment!), and foods that we can grow to keep healthy, as well as many other valuable tips and ideas. Morag sends out a regular newsletter, runs video blogs and master classes, features regularly on radio at the moment, and can be found on Facebook. Visit her website ourpermaculturelife.com/subscribe/ to get started, and check out her COVID-19 Resilience Care Pack.

It is more important than ever to eat healthy nutritious food, and preferably food we can grow ourselves to ensure freshness and of course, be confident that no sprays have been used. However, if you are not able to produce all your own food please consider supporting our local producers by buying local. We are so fortunate to live in a region where we have an abundance of high-quality, organic produce. Many of these businesses are struggling at the moment and would be grateful for your support. We regularly post information about local suppliers on our Facebook page, and we are compiling a list for our website. Please let us know of a local farmer or business you would like to add to the list.

Remember, Permaculture Noosa is your organisation, and we always welcome your feedback. Send your suggestions to president@permaculturenoosa.com.au.

Please stay safe and healthy, and keep positive!

Latha Matters