About Susan & Backyard Permaculture.
Backyard Permaculture is based in NE Victoria at Beechworth. My focus is on sharing knowledge and building community because without a strong diverse community no community will survive let alone flourish.
I discovered Permaculture in 1981 on a cold wet night in Melbourne and was amazed. You know that feeling when you hear, see or read something and you instinctively know it is right? Well that is what Permaculture was for me, it was a light bulb moment and one which at times dimmed due to situations but has never and I doubt will ever be extinguished. To say that I liked gardening or even cared about the planet until this time, well one would be an out right lie and the other, “Be real, what can one person do?”
Who I am
Timing and circumstances were not right and as a consequence I never did a Permaculture course until 2007. Not having the qualifications did not stop me from doing all the things in all the books I was reading. I can remember building a garden bed on concrete and being told I was “nutz”, only to be told 3 months later they were the best vegetables ever. Sometimes people need to be shown what is achievable. 😊
I started and finished my career at, as a nurse from the age of 16 until 2007. However in-between I was also a chef & business owner. Ill health forced me to leave a salaried job but it gave me the time to follow my passion, I completed a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC), and an advanced PDC (the Advanced PDC teaches the skills it is hands on ), helped establish 3 Community Gardens, initiated a Permaculture group in Melbourne, given workshops on a variety of subjects, was the inaugural secretary for the Permaculture Guild of Australia, grown and sold medicinal and culinary herbs and completed a Diploma of Permaculture and are part of the Permaculture Educators Group Victoria.
My health has been an ongoing issue for me and I was recently diagnosed as having an inherited nutritional disorder and again I turned to working with Nature to help solve. Nursing taught me, that whilst we were living longer we were not living better and I had to find out why. The search had me do a Soil Food Web Course with Dr. Eiaine Ingham, who would be recognised as The Guru in soil health and that was eye opening to say the least. It gave me the basics of how to get the nutrition your body needs into your food and into your body.
To be honest, besides my two beautiful children, these latter years have brought me the most happiness, for I have been doing what I love the most.
Now I feel the knowledge I have, I wish to share, So these pages will be crammed with that knowledge and my hope is, as I share, it ignites in others the passion I feel.
Permaculture is a total system it encompasses all aspects of life. These words to describe it were put together in a workshop in Grailville, U.S.A.
"Permaculture is a way of bringing together in a sensible system: ourselves and our communities, with whatever bit of land/space we are tending. It can be as small as a window with sprouts or as large as a farm or a bio-region. It can be in the city, the suburbs or in the country.
Because Permaculture is so encompassing it is an impossibility to know about every aspect, my speciality is soils, soil health and the way the food we eat affects our health.