By Sarah Rickard

    Permaculture Out West (POW) is a network of people living in the western suburbs of Melbourne, learning and practising Permaculture.

    POW has a vision for a nurturing, empowered and resilient Western suburbs. We aim to enable environmental sustainability and self-sufficiency through local initiatives such as food & seed swaps, cooperatives and working bees. We can also help facilitate projects and organise people around community issues.

    You don’t need to be a Permaculture expert to join POW. Some of our members have Permaculture Design Certificates and extensive gardening experience, however the majority of members are novice gardeners who are keen to learn and connect with others. All are welcome! But even if you are not a gardener, Permaculture is about more than agriculture. Permaculture can be applied to all aspects of human society.

    Our interests and activities are inspired by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren’s ground breaking work, Permaculture One. If you are looking for somewhere to start, we highly recommend Rosemary Marrow’s book, Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture.

    You can become a member of POW by joining our umbrella organisation Permaculture Victoria and designating us as your local group. Visit to find out more. Otherwise you can like the POW facebook page (@powland) or come along to one of our future activities and have a chat.

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