News

Ballarat Permaculture Guild Library has moved

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild library which consists of 250+ Permaculture-related books and DVDs has moved to a new home.

Thank you so much to Karen Fitzpatrick founding member and previous committee member for housing the Library for the last 10 years!

The library is now located in Navigators at the home of BPG committee member, Barry Gibson and searched online at: BPG Library - Ballarat Permaculture Guild or directly at: https://www.librarycat.org/lib/BPG.

Members can borrow books by emailing [email protected] and we will arrange for books to be picked up at one of our community events (Permies at the Pub or Permies at the market) or contact-less pickup in Golden Point or Navigators. We will also be organising electronic borrowing in the near future so stay tuned!

Events

Buninyong’s Smart Building and Living Expo – come visit BPG’s stall

This Sunday 20th of March 2022 from 10am to 3:30pm

Come visit the Ballarat Permaculture Guild this Sunday at the Buninyong Smart Building and Living Expo! The Smart Building and Living Expo will be showcasing a range of local, sustainable building and lifestyle services and products. It also boasts the largest electric vehicle display in regional Victoria (so if you were thinking fuel prices are too high, now may be the time to have a serious look at going electric!). We will be hosting a stall with the Hidden Orchard to talk all things permaculture. There will be books and a display as well as delicious jams and chutneys from THO. Members will be there on the day if you have been thinking of joining but just haven't taken that next step. Come along, meet our friendly members and have a chat!

News

BPG Committee meetings

The Ballarat Permaculture Guild committee meets once a month to organise and coordinate the activities of the Guild.   For the last 2 years,  we've been meeting online, which has been quite effective and more environmentally friendly than driving to a central meeting point (especially for members who live out of town). The social connection was missing,  though,  so this year we're rotating physical locations, visiting a different member's house each month.  Those who can't make it in person still participate online - that's them on the laptop screen at the end of the table! This is a quick shot from our March 2022 meeting.  Before the meeting,  we also had a quick tour of James' eco- extension to his Golden Point miners cottage.. bonus!

PDC, Permaculture courses

2022 Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Ballarat Permaculture Guild will NOT run its popular Permaculture Design Course in 2022.

We will run the course again in 2023, when we expect the impact of the COVID pandemic to have diminished.  Our 2020 course was cancelled after 3 weekends and the 2021 course had to have weekends rescheduled three times due to lockdowns, which created major logistical headaches!

Our focus on permaculture education remains as strong as ever, though!

In 2022, we will run:

  • Multiple Introduction to Permaculture days (new one day format)
  • Retrosuburbia bookclubs each term (via Zoom, for maximum accessibility)
  • Half and single day events featuring our amazing PDC presenters
  • Half and single day workshops on practical skills

BPG financial members also access the fabulous Milkwood Permaculture Living course at a 25% discount.  The Permaculture Living course is a 12 week practically focussed course accessed online but requiring positive practical actions at home.  It has been thoroughly enjoyed by many BPG members over the last 18 months, especially during COVID lockdowns!

We also look forward to getting together again at social events, permablitzes, produce swaps, film nights, fruit harvests and more.  It’s been great to have online events but some of us are looking forward to real hugs rather than virtual curtsies!

Queensland Fruit Fly

Queensland Fruit Fly Monitoring Project

Queensland Fruit Fly trap

The fruit growing season is nearly upon us and so are the ideal conditions for the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). The fly breeds at temperatures of 15°C and relies on the moist conditions of spring that are developing over the next few months. According to the BOM’s climate outlook estimates the Ballarat region will reach stable breeding temperatures into October. Furthermore, the BPG QFF group are launching our monitoring program not long after the recently published IPCC special report which projects a future of ongoing expansion of warmer and wet conditions from southern hemisphere tropical and sub-tropical regions further southward.

Now is an ideal time to join us in our monitoring program to assess how far south the Queensland Fruit fly comes and in what numbers they appear. Great numbers of fruit fly will threaten home and community gardening projects as well as agriculture in any region. We want to investigate the fly’s reach in Ballarat.

The problem facing us is that we do not know how bad the fruit fly problem is. Our Northern friends in the Sunraysia region of the state have been dealing with fruit fly migrations south through community fruit fly monitoring and prevention programs for many years now. This project also recognises the efforts of citizen scientists who have added fruit fly sightings on iNaturalist, with occasional sightings in the past year as well as the ongoing smaller monitoring programs by the state government. We think that we can enhance this already valuable data together by discovering the numbers of flies in monitoring traps with broad community support.

That’s why the BPG is inviting all members and interested citizens to help us find out what’s happening in their own backyards by hosting a trap. It’s a great project that brings us closer with local ecology and the importance of garden hygiene. This monitoring program will increase our collective knowledge of how we live in our region to confront climate change.

To register you interest please see the Queensland Fruit Fly page