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Welcome to Our Farm

Permaculture Seed and Food Gardens

Organically Grown Seed and Food Gardens

Local Native and Permaculture Plants

Large range of sun and wind hardened plants grown for our Midwest region

Working with Nature in our Drylands

Welcome to our Farm.

Located in Geraldton, Western Australia we demonstrate dryland Permaculture and environmental conservation.

We operate as a not-for-profit – The Drylands Foundation.

Seeds

Non-GMO, Organic vegetable and herb heirloom seeds

Plants

Locally grown for Geraldton and our Midwest

Garden Honey

Chemical Free, Hand Harvested Honey

Learn

Permaculture: Sustainability by Design

Contribute

Participate and make a Difference to our Drylands

About Us

Located in Geraldton, in the Midwest of Western Australia we demonstrate the practical application of Permaculture and environmental conservation.

We operate as a not-for-profit environmental organisation – The Drylands Foundation.

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

Drylands Permaculture Nursery

Local native and multi-use plants for Geraldton and the Midwest Western Australia
‘locally owned, locally grown’

Garden Honey

Harvested by hand from our Bees that forage from our Permaculture Gardens and Native Tree Crops
‘Chemical Free, Hand Harvested Honey’

Yilgarn Seeds

Non-GMO, Open pollinated vegetable and herb heirloom seeds; and endemic native seeds
‘Protecting regional biodiversity and food security’

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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Sunday, volunteer's day! Temperatures perfect! 30C. 10.00am - 1.00pm.
Sweetie the emu often makes an appearance when he senses social activity and a possible hug..
Last week we potted on our selection of larger stock Banksias. Banksia menziesii (which used to grow naturally down on the highway close to the 440 Road house). Groundcovers, Banksia nivea and Banksia blechnifolia. Plus two other local sandplain species, Banksia ashbyii and Banksia attenuata.
This week we will be making up special soil mixes, learning how to transplants seedling and striking mulberry cuttings.

Don't forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things.

Drylands Permaculture Nursery
333 David Road, Waggrakine
0458381628
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
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February 22nd, 7:54 pm

Sunday, volunteers day! Temperatures perfect! 30C. 10.00am - 1.00pm. Sweetie the emu often makes an appearance when he senses social activity and a possible hug.. Last week we potted on our selection of larger stock Banksias. Banksia menziesii (which used to grow naturally down on the highway close to the 440 Road house). Groundcovers, Banksia nivea and Banksia blechnifolia. Plus two other local sandplain species, Banksia ashbyii and Banksia attenuata. This week we will be making up special soil mixes, learning how to transplants seedling and striking mulberry cuttings. Dont forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things. Drylands Permaculture Nursery 333 David Road, Waggrakine 0458381628 Local plants, local people, local wisdom.

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Diana Florence Wilde

The right microbes for the right plants... ... See MoreSee Less

February 15th, 7:47 pm

The right microbes for the right plants...

Weather is a perfect for a volunteer potting day.. 27C this Sunday 10am -1.00pm.
Last week we familiarised ourselves with some of the world's most ancient plants in the Proteaceae family, this is the family of Banksia, Grevillea and Hakea (and others). Our local species of these genus' grow naturally on our Banksia sandplains around the Waggrakine area.
Last year I decided to breed some of our indigenous microbes that these plants rely to grow healthily. We are now adding them to our soil mix to help them prosper. We are really looking forward to see how they compare in growth and health to plants growing in standard soil mix.

Don't forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things.

Drylands Permaculture Nursery
333 David Road, Waggrakine
0458381628
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
... See MoreSee Less

February 15th, 7:16 pm

Weather is a perfect for a volunteer potting day.. 27C this Sunday 10am -1.00pm. Last week we familiarised ourselves with some of the worlds most ancient plants in the Proteaceae family, this is the family of Banksia, Grevillea and Hakea (and others). Our local species of these genus grow naturally on our Banksia sandplains around the Waggrakine area. Last year I decided to breed some of our indigenous microbes that these plants rely to grow healthily. We are now adding them to our soil mix to help them prosper. We are really looking forward to see how they compare in growth and health to plants growing in standard soil mix. Dont forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things. Drylands Permaculture Nursery 333 David Road, Waggrakine 0458381628 Local plants, local people, local wisdom.

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Jodie Dicken Martyn Dicken

Great volunteer turn out for a 40C day last Sunday with the hardest of hardcore volunteers. Thanks everyone. We are doing it again this Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

February 8th, 6:01 pm

Great volunteer turn out for a 40C day last Sunday with the hardest of hardcore volunteers. Thanks everyone. We are doing it again this Sunday.

Please join us this Sunday. It is nursery volunteer day...10.00am to 1.00pm. Wonderful weather 29C forecast.

This week we will be mainly potting on small native plants into bigger pots for this coming winter. You will also be able to see the work of the Drylands nursery team and our other volunteers who are raising seedlings from seed, many are popping up their head from the soil for the first time.

Last week we cleaned Desert kurrajong seed by removing them from their prickly casings for planting. We also crushed up several big emu poos which were full of Myoporum seeds. It is often difficult to get some seeds to germinate as they need an acid pretreatment which happens naturally in the stomach of birds. We can try and replicate this in a nursery environment with acid but it is much easier to find seed already processed. We planted these seeds directly into pots and before long they will leap into life.

Don't forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things.
Sunday - 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Drylands Permaculture Nursery
333 David Road, Waggrakine
0458381628
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
... See MoreSee Less

February 8th, 2:30 pm

Please join us this Sunday. It is nursery volunteer day...10.00am to 1.00pm. Wonderful weather 29C forecast. This week we will be mainly potting on small native plants into bigger pots for this coming winter. You will also be able to see the work of the Drylands nursery team and our other volunteers who are raising seedlings from seed, many are popping up their head from the soil for the first time. Last week we cleaned Desert kurrajong seed by removing them from their prickly casings for planting. We also crushed up several big emu poos which were full of Myoporum seeds. It is often difficult to get some seeds to germinate as they need an acid pretreatment which happens naturally in the stomach of birds. We can try and replicate this in a nursery environment with acid but it is much easier to find seed already processed. We planted these seeds directly into pots and before long they will leap into life. Dont forget your hat and water. If you are bringing garden gloves they will need to be soft so you can feel through them. We have spare ones if you need them. If you are a new volunteer, please arrive at 10.00am so we can take the time to show and teach you how we do things. Sunday - 10.00am to 1.00pm. Drylands Permaculture Nursery 333 David Road, Waggrakine 0458381628 Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
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Latest News from our Farm

Summer Seasonally Closed until April

Seasonally closed until April.
Permaculture Nursery – ‘locally owned, locally grown’.

Thanks Naomi

Farewell to Naomi our Nursery and Seed Garden Assistant.

New Season Bean and Pea Seeds

New season Yilgarn Seeds heirloom beans and peas. We’ve been harvesting and cleaning some of our bean and peas varieties.

Flowering Shrubs on our Farm

Flowering Hakeas, Sennas and Grevilleas Shrubs around our Permaculture Farm.

Revegetation on our Permaculture Farm

Seasonal Revegetation and its benefits at the Drylands Permaculture Farm.

Local Native Plants for Revegetation and Landscaping Projects

Seedlings and Plants for Revegetation and landscaping projects in the Midwest.

How to Choose our Plants

Needing to find plants which will suit your needs? Our display tables group our plants by form and characteristics. We also produce our own labels that provide information specifically for our climate and soils.

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Fiery Bottlebrush

Fiery Bottlebrush (Callistemon pheoniceus) – Colourful Red flowering shrub. Great screening and windbreak shrub.

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Dongara Mallee

Drop in to our nursery for tubestock of sun hardened Dongara Mallees. These are great coastal windbreak and screening mallee trees that suit alkaline soil, that also grow well further inland.

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Jam Trees

Acacia acuminata – Commonly known as Raspberry Jam Tree, an excellent small windbreak and privacy screening trees. On our farm, our Jam trees provide shade for our goose and chicken pens, and provide forage for our bees.

Contact Details

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

Tel. (08) 9938 1628
Mob. 0458 38 1628
Email. info@drylands.org.au

Opening Times

Seasonally Opening in April
or by appointment

Drylands Foundation

Drylands Permaculture Farm
333 David Rd (North)
Waggrakine, Geraldton
Western Australia

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 and conservation through social enterprise.

Photo: Flamefruit Cactus © J. Firth 2006

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