Working with Nature in our Drylands

Welcome to Our Farm

Working with Nature in our Drylands

Seeds – Organic heirloom vegetable and herbs

Plants – Locally grown for our Mid West

Learn – Permaculture: Sustainability by Design

Contribute – Sustainability through social enterprise

About Us

Located in Geraldton, in the Midwest of Western Australia we demonstrate the practical application of Drylands Permaculture and environmental sustainability. We operate as a not-for-profit environmental organisation – The Drylands Foundation.

Our enterprises that fund our work in conservation and sustainability include:

  • Permaculture Nursery – locally grown plants suited to Geraldton and our Midwest
  • Garden Honey – harvested by hand from our own on-farm bee hives
  • Yilgarn Seeds – an endemic and heirloom seeds business for dryland climates.

We offer environmental education and sustainability training as Permaculture practitioners, and are hosts for ‘Willing Workers On Organic Farms’ (WWOOF) and HelpX.

Tours of our farm and volunteering opportunities are available for individuals and organisations interested in learning more about Permaculture and sustainability in drylands environments.

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Drylands Permaculture Nursery added 4 new photos.

$2.00 Tuarts this weekend! Help us make some space! Are you able to our give our Tuarts a home? Summer is coming and we need room for planting. Our Tuarts are fully hardened up to the weather and we're letting them go below production cost. They are a perfect size to plant directly into the ground or pot on for next season (we can show you how).
ABOUT THE TUART: Eucalyptus gomphocephala has proven a reliable and fast growing gum in the Geraldton area. It is particularly tolerant of alkaline sandy soils,(yes they love sand) hence are seen growing extensively through the farmland areas of Greenough and in coastal locations. You'll need to water it through this summer and then they'll be on their own. If you are after a big windhardy tree (10- 12 m in Geraldton) this is an ideal species.
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$2.00 Tuarts this weekend! Help us make some space! Are you able to our give our Tuarts a home? Summer is coming and we need room for planting. Our Tuarts are fully hardened up to the weather and were letting them go below production cost. They are a perfect size to plant directly into the ground or pot on for next season (we can show you how).
ABOUT THE TUART: Eucalyptus gomphocephala has proven a reliable and fast growing gum in the Geraldton area. It is particularly tolerant of alkaline sandy soils,(yes they love sand) hence are seen growing extensively through the farmland areas of Greenough and in coastal locations. Youll need to water it through this summer and then theyll be on their own. If you are after a big windhardy tree (10- 12 m in Geraldton) this is an ideal species.

Strawbale buildings at Drylands - one step closer
Thankyou Etienne and Naomi for helping to pickup the bales in the heat. It was a great bit of team work. Our paddock driver, Naomi also got to ID our local birds of prey while Etienne got to practice his bale swing and I got to stack.
Our tightly stringed straw bales are now protected and undercover awaiting the next phase. Hot tip for others: Choose the most square edged bales for building otherwise you'll spend alot of time stuffing the gaps between bales with straw when you stack them together in the walls.
Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom
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Strawbale buildings at Drylands - one step closer
Thankyou Etienne and Naomi for helping to pickup the bales in the heat. It was a great bit of team work. Our paddock driver, Naomi also got to ID our local birds of prey while Etienne got to practice his bale swing and I got to stack.
Our tightly stringed straw bales are now protected and undercover awaiting the next phase. Hot tip for others: Choose the most square edged bales for building otherwise youll spend alot of time stuffing the gaps between bales with straw when you stack them together in the walls.
Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom

Drylands Permaculture Nursery added 2 new photos.

Meet Johnny at the platform markets.
If you can't make it out to the nursery, catch Johnny at the Geraldton markets this morning. He has a great selection of our plants from herbs to Mediterranean fruit trees and of course some fantastic local native waterwise garden species. All locally grown and hardened up in Geraldton. He also has our range of heirloom seeds (Yilgarn Seeds) if you are keen to try your hand at growing your own vege.
Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom
... See MoreSee Less

Meet Johnny at the platform markets.
If you cant make it out to the nursery, catch Johnny at the Geraldton markets this morning. He has a great selection of our plants from herbs to Mediterranean fruit trees and of course some fantastic local native waterwise garden species. All locally grown and hardened up in Geraldton. He also has our range of heirloom seeds (Yilgarn Seeds) if you are keen to try your hand at growing your own vege.
Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom

Plant collectors scour the world to find specimen plants like this. This delightful abundant flowering, low growing emu bush grows native at our backdoor in the Chapman Regional Park.
We have just released plants for sale. Come and have a look. In Geraldton the only care they will need is to be watered through the first summer and perhaps a bird bath to host the multitude of honey eaters you will attract into your garden.

Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom
... See MoreSee Less

Plant collectors scour the world to find specimen plants like this. This delightful abundant flowering, low growing emu bush grows native at our backdoor in the Chapman Regional Park. 
We have just released plants for sale. Come and have a look. In Geraldton the only care they will need is to be watered through the first summer and perhaps a bird bath to host the multitude of honey eaters you will attract into your garden.

Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom

Drylands Permaculture Nursery added 6 new photos.

FIrst robbing of our flowhive frames.
We only took 2.5kg of honey from 3.5 frames. Some of the honey was crystallised in the frames hence is still there. Luckily we could still crack them open.

Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628....
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FIrst robbing of our flowhive frames.
We only took 2.5kg of honey from 3.5 frames. Some of the honey was crystallised in the frames hence is still there.  Luckily we could still crack them open.

Nursery - Summer Open Hours
Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628....

Contact Details

333 David Rd (North), Waggrakine, Geraldton, Western Australia

Tel. (08) 9938 1628
Email. info@drylands.org.au

Seasonal Opening Times

April-October: Thursday to Monday
November-March: Friday to Sunday

10am to 5pm. Closed Public Holidays.

The Drylands Foundation

The Drylands Permaculture Farm, is managed by the Drylands Foundation, a not-for-profit environmental organisation.

The Foundation utilises the Farm, to promote and demonstrate environmental sustainability through social enterprise.

Our mission is to inspire and empower local communities with the practical knowledge to implement ecologically sustainable development in dryland environments.

Photo: Flamefruit Cactus © J. Firth 2006

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333 David Rd (North), Waggrakine, Geraldton, Western Australia 6530