Open day at Tilligerry Permaculture Research and Education farm

NATURE: Rick Barker at his Marsh Road permaculture farm, where he will be facilitating a learning day on April 27.
NATURE: Rick Barker at his Marsh Road permaculture farm, where he will be facilitating a learning day on April 27.

A leading Port Stephens permaculture practitioner is bringing together approaches and experience from Australia and around the world that, when applied, have solutions for everyday living.

Rick Barker has been operating the Tilligerry Permaculture Research and Education (PR E) farm for more than 20 years at his 9.5-hectare property in Bobs Farm.

Barker, who was taught by the founder of permaculture Bill Mollison, continues to design and share learnings with invited local and international experts in their field through positive and creative activity.

On Saturday, April 27, Barker will facilitate a day course and tour, titled 'Spontaneous Appreciations and Learnings in Nature', at his Marsh Road research farm.

"The course is based on a philosophy and ethic of earth and people care evolving a model of shared success," Barker said.

"It will showcase a blend of traditional cultural awareness with current effective advancements in sustainable living, utilising functional design."

The challenges of our world this generation faces are complex, says Barker, though the solutions are quite simple.

The Tilligerry PR E farm was set up as an example of demonstrating simple solutions to inspire and empower those interested in the study of permaculture.

Permaculture uses techniques to harness ancient farming principles and embraces an ethic of healing the land's wounds and sharing its abundance.

The buildings on the property were built with mainly re-used materials. One is used as a residence and the other to hold workshops teaching about companion planting, food forests, seed saving, aquaculture, bush tucker, water patterns and medicinal and culinary herbs

Bookings are essential. For more information on the day contact Rick Barker on 0412 935 910.

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