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Permaculture and a Community Farm for Blackheath

Narelle Johnson recently graduated from a Permaculture Design Course for which she designed a Community Farm for Blackheath.

 As part of the course, all the students worked on a group design for the Mountains Christian College, which is set on 16 hectares overlooking the stunning Kanimbla Valley, just above Porters Pass. It was an ideal location to take into consideration the implications of food growing in a World Heritage-listed area.

Here, one of the students, Lindsey Pacchini, is presenting her group's design to Matt Hodge and Matt Brunton from the school.


One of the outcomes of the whole school design process was that the school generously offered a large plot of land to the group, to be used by the community for a Community Farm - something Narelle has been hoping to achieve for Blackheath for quite some time! 

Here she is working on her first draft for the Community Farm ...


Narelle is now calling on anyone in the community interested in being involved to contact her to work on making this vision a reality. She can be contacted via email at relljohnson(at)

Yet again, a wonderful Blackheath collaboration ... this time between members of the community, the Mountains Christian College, The Big Fix and the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.

For those interested in being part of the Community Farm, or for anyone keen to learn the basics of permaculture, The Big Fix is partnering with the Institute to deliver an Introduction to Permaculture Course on the 15 and 16 October. Contact lis(at) if you'd like to enrol.

You can find out more about Blackheath's Permaculture Institute here


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