Permaculture Open Days/Farm Tours/Off Grid Living Tours
Brogo Permaculture Gardens is a 25-year-old permaculture demonstration farm on the beautiful south coast of NSW. John Champagne, highly respected permaculture teacher and consultant, designed it to showcase permaculture principles in action.
Date to be advised asap
Brogo Permaculture Gardens, 397 Hawkshead Rd, Brogo, NSW, 2550 map here
Farm Tour Cost: $35.00 per person. Children, with an adult are free.
Tickets can be booked and paid online. Online payments are through our secure system; you can also pay via Pay Pal or Direct Deposit/Bank Transfer. (For Direct Deposit/Bank Transfer ( please use manual or offline option)
During the 2-hour tour you will see:
Off grid, owner built, solar powered mudbrick home, with recycled timbers,
Owner built and council approved composting toilet and greywater system,
Solar hot water, wood cooking and hot water back up and heating
Integration of poultry into food systems
Native and exotic plant food systems including kitchen garden, citrus orchard and stone
Bee keeping for pollination and honey production
Soil building techniques including: composting, chop and drop, mulch and companion
Water harvesting, storage and percolation systems including rainwater collection, gravity
fed water system, ponds, dams and swales
A developing Asian herb garden
Plant propagation area for trees and kitchen garden seed raising area
Earthworks including food forests, swales and shelterbelt
The property is an example of permaculture design strategies that work in the Bega Valley providing self-reliance for an uncertain future. Visitors gain an understanding of good permaculture design for home and land and an understanding of why it works.
Although the design is based on a rural property, and for a large family, the principles can be used in many situations including retrofitting properties, suburban areas, balconies-anywhere humans are living.
Since 1995 hundreds of people have visited our Permaculture Garden for inspiration, permaculture design ideas and to look at how our permaculture strategies have stood the test of time. It is always a pleasure to meet return and new visitors and welcome them to observe the way in which we are interacting with the land and to hear their feedback about our property.
After the tour organic tea//coffee or seasonal cordials and seasonal cakes/muffins will be served and you will have time to wander the property on your own.
Our detailed risk assessment with our obligations to you and your obligations to us is here. We assume that visitors will have read this risk assessment.
What to Bring
Covered shoes , weather appropriate clothing, hat and drink bottle
Please note that we cannot accommodate animals on the tour. We appreciate the love you have for your pet but not everyone enjoys the company of animals nor do we have any control over their behaviour. Please don't ask as we have to refuse.
Make a weekend of it!
Brogo and the Bega Valley are great places to spend the weekend. Each Friday there is a farmers market in Bega and others markets in different localities. You could go canoeing on the Brogo Dam or visit Mumbulla Mountain. Beautiful beaches are all around and the area has some great accommodation options and food. If you are looking for beautiful accommodation close by we highly recommend Fernmark Inn.
Group Visits to Brogo Permaculture Gardens
If you are a gardening group, a playgroup, a school group or any other type of group we would love to host you for a tour around our permaculture gardens, and property. Contact us and advise us of the type of group, at least two alternative dates, the size of your group and aspects of the property you are most interested in for your group visit. If you are a school group let us know the part of the curriculum you are basing the tour on and we will work towards meeting the outcomes.
Costs for group visits are dependent on the type of group, the length of the visit and whether the visit is a walk and talk style or if a presentation on any aspect of the property is required.
We are often contacted by people who have completed a PDC and are passing through wanting to ‘drop in’ and see our property. We make every attempt to accommodate these requests as part of our contribution to the Permaculture's 3rd ethic of Fair Share, but please understand we have other commitments and this may not be possible in your time frame. Please try to come to one of our Open Days. If this is not possible we ask that you contact us by phone or email in advance of your planned visit.