Hi there, I have recently moved to Wagga, NSW and I am currently investigating a PDC to attend. I have just purchased an urban block of land (1400sqm) in the flood plain of the Murrumbidgee River. In the short-term, I would like to use this piece of land to implement what I learn in the course, in the hope that I can be self-sufficient. In the longer-term, I would then like to use my experience and knowledge to encourage the establishment of few eco-community gardens. My land is situated in North Wagga, and it is surrounded by acres and acres of empty plots of land which cannot be developed due to the zoning, and so would be perfect for eco-community gardens. As it happens, there are a few Charles Sturt Uni students just up the road studying environmental science, and I am sure they could be involved in some way. I am also seriously considering completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science to compliment the permaculture side of things, with a vew to eventually securing some work in this field.
I would really love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you might have about what direction I should take. It might be appropriate to tell you that I have absolutely no experience at permaculture, or even horticulture. Up until very recently, I have never had my own garden!! Sad, but true. I dreamt of returning to the country for 10 years, and have finally done it. And I have to say, I can feel a new path looming, and it is feeling damn good. And when I get really experienced (I can't help planning way way ahead), I would then love to see if I could add some value to an overseas aid-work project.