Allyn River Permaculture

Permaculture demonstration farm in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Permaculture is a design system and philosophy that emulates the patterns in nature to holistically and sustainably integrate the physical and social needs of people and the ecosystem.

Allyn River Permaculture

Allyn River Permaculture farm is being developed as a Permaculture demonstration and education centre.

The farm is still a work in progress, our produce is still spasmodic with most systems still maturing before giving  constant and reliable products, we are also developing our value adding skills. Once established we aim to have the farm and extended families relatively food self sufficient, also sell produce through our local contacts an farmers markets.

The property is 17 acres, it has an unusual quality for a small property of diversity of topography, orientation, slope, soil types and vegetation. It also has 450 metres of riparian frontage to the pristine Allyn River.

Allyn River

Our climate is warm temperate, however we are at the limit of the coastal influences, so we can be subjected to extremes of climate, summer temperature regularly exceeds 40oC. our annual rainfall is 900mm

the design of water management systems incorporate a series of swales and dams, the site is that it is located on the top of a hill, with no high level catchment, to utilize a gravity feed system for house and garden watering we have installed 45,000l tanks at high level which are automatically filled from the river.

Our  food growing systems includes a zone 1 with raised beds and tank rings adjacent to the residence, our zone 2 is an on contour swale system with citrus and stone fruit orchard also incorporating raised bed main vegatble growing areas.

We are developing a “food forest” the area was in a sheltered east/west oriented gully, the existing vegetation included a Carob, a Custard Apple and a number of Eucalypts sp

Planting commenced with a variety of Citrus plants, Avocado, Banana, Sapote, a number of nitrogen fixing shrubs and Pepino and Sweet Potato as grown covers. we planted approx 100 species in this area.

Our animal systems include free ranging chickens and guinea fowl, we also run a small herd of dexter cows .

Running parallel to our food production we are developing our zone 4 areas, Farm forestry trees, generally mixed Eucalypt sp.and a variety of species, furniture timber. we are using silviculture techniques to develop commercial product.

We have also propagated a number of Bamboo species and are developing a plantation for shoot and timber production.

We produce high quality compost using the Berkely hot compost syatem, and utilize compost tea brewing system

The development of this property has been an exciting and challenging project luckily we have managed to attract younger and fitter WWoofer (willing workers on organic farms) a permaculture students to assist with a lot of the heavier tasks.

We have had many successful Permaculture courses, workshops, farm tours and field days to constantly illustrate the importance of our project.

We are one of a handful of Permaculture display properties close to Australia’s largest population centres of Sydney and Newcastle that can illustrate many Permaculture principles and techniques at a scale beyond urban ‘gardening’ and large enough to influence or rural neighbours.

We welcome permaculture students who wish to gain practical training and we accept helpers though the WWoofing network.