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PDC at Pocket City Farm — Camperdown NSW Australia

Pocket City Farm Mallett St Campberdown NSW
  • Event date:
    03/05/2023 at 9:00 am
  • Event end:
    31/05/2023 at 5:00 pm


Our PDC is held over 10 sessions from 3rd May – 31st May 2023 with a mix of weekends, evenings and self-paced at home activities (approx 4 hours work required per week including activities, inspiring videos and reading material).


We focus on urban design solutions, however the design principles you learn can be applied to larger suburban or broadacre sites. We offer optional extra volunteering sessions where you can get extra hands-on experience. The flexible delivery program gives you time to absorb and reflect how you can incorporate permaculture ethics and principles into your life and you will complete a permaculture design for a site of your choice.

Our course curriculum is drawn from Mollison/Holmgren/Morrow curriculum and deeply indebted to John Champagne of Brogo Permaculture Gardens PDC curriculum and design methods taught by Elemental Permaculture.

We cover the following topics throughout the schedule:

  • Session 1 // Wed 3 May // 6pm – 9pm // Welcome and introductions: History, opportunities, ethics and principles of permaculture

  • Session 2 // Sat 6 May // 9am – 4pm // Morning session: Guest Presenter – Narelle Happ covering zone and sector analysis, seeds, plants, and Zone 1 Home Food Gardens. Afternoon session: Forests/trees, climate and Zone 2 Orchards & Food Forests.

  • Session 3 // Wed 10 May // 6pm – 9pm // Ecological themes in permaculture, patterns in nature, map reading, Zone 0 Eco Homes

  • Session 4 // Wed 17 May // 6pm – 9pm – Water, soils, living with weeds and Zone 3 Urban Farming.

  • Session 5, 6 and 7 // Fri 19 – Sunday 21 May Field Trip to to inspiring sites in Sydney and Wollongong covering Zones 4 and 5, aquaculture, integrated pest management, animals and wildlife. and earthworks with hands on activities. Sunday is spent discussing social permaculture, right livelihoods and ecovillages.

  • Session 8 // Wed 24 May // 6pm – 9pm // Design studio

  • Session 9 // Wed 31 May // 6pm – 9pm // Working in permaculture, design presentations and party!

  • We weave the themes of designing for disaster and appropriate technology throughout the course content.


Jacqui Besgrove has over 10 years experience working as a permaculture designer as ¼ of Permablitz the Gong!, through her own private consulting practice Earthrise Permaculture and has experience applying permaculture design principles to social enterprise settings with her work at Green Connect and now as COO for Pocket City Farms. She is currently the course convenor for Restorative Ecologies: Permaculture Principles and Practice as part of the UNSW Master of Environmental Management program and is an MEM graduate herself. Jacqui is passionate about urban solutions and promoting permaculture principles and practice within our cities and suburbs to increase resilience and show how much fun radical downshifting can be.

Jacqui will be joined throughout the course by a range of exciting, external guest speakers.


  • $1,895 with a deposit $450
  • earlybird pricing is $1700 and limited to 5 places.

Payment plans are available on request // limited work exchange and scholarship spaces also available. Please contact to express your interest.

Lunches are provided for the weekend sessions, dinners are provided for the evening sessions. 2 nights bunk room accommodation is provided for the field trip weekend along with Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Students are provided with a copy of Rosemary Morrows Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture.



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