Byron Community College will establish a demonstration garden for sustainability and resilience near its headquarters in Mullumbimby. (Pictured at the garden site are Chantal Abouchar, College CEO, and Lauren O’Reilly, Permaculture Trainer.)
The project will demonstrate idea and principles of how to create a sustainable and resilient garden in a small space. The mission will be to inspire and educate, strengthen the social fabric, mental health and enhance well-being by providing an interactive space for the community. It will also showcase the benefits of Permaculture practices; the College is one of Australia’s leading providers of accredited Permaculture education and training, offering both Certificate III and Certificate IV in Permaculture.
The College is thrilled to receive $25,000 in funding from GIO (NSW) and Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) to establish the demonstration garden. The funding comes from a program to support recovery initiatives in rural communities impacted by the east coast Australia floods in February and March 2022.
The garden will join the College’s Byron Centre for Permaculture, which delivers education programs that promote ethics and design principles integral to the region’s sustainable development. Garden demonstrations will include how to build soil, passive water harvesting, backyard food production, growing herbs and fruit trees in small spaces, useful native pollinating plants, and edible polycultures – growing a number of plants together for pest control.
Byron Centre for Permaculture
Demonstration garden site in Mullumbimby