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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Trombone butternuts
The Drylands Permaculture Farm in Geraldton is the home of Yilgarn Seeds.We often receive gifts of heirloom seeds to grow, acclimatise to the area and preserve. Each year we trial a few varieties that we haven't grown before to see how they cope with our climate. This summer we grew a monster trombone butternut. We were told it grew up to 600mm long. Already it is up to 870mm and getting longer by the day. Oh the wonderful diversity of seeds. Now this is something you will never see on a supermarket shelf!
If you are interested in growing heirloom seeds, have a look at our website drylands.org.au/seeds/
Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
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Trombone butternuts
The Drylands Permaculture Farm in Geraldton is the home of Yilgarn Seeds.We often receive gifts of heirloom seeds to grow, acclimatise to the area and preserve. Each year we trial a few varieties that we havent grown before to see how they cope with our climate. This summer we grew a monster trombone butternut. We were told it grew up to 600mm long. Already it is up to 870mm and getting longer by the day. Oh the wonderful diversity of seeds. Now this is something you will never see on a supermarket shelf!
If you are interested in growing heirloom seeds, have a look at our website https://drylands.org.au/seeds/
Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom

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I don't suppose you have any Smooth Skin Geraldton Tomato seeds? This variety of tomato was grown in Geraldton in the 1950-70's. Let me know if you do. Thnx.

are they edible and I guess the longer they get the coarser they will be.

Is this different to a tromboncino then?

I have been chasing hubbard squash seeds any ideas.

That's some pumpkin 🙂

Sensational

Aimee Crombie

Eddie Still

Mackenzie

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Geraldton Raspberry Fig
This variety is likely to have been bought in by Macedonian immigrants in the mid 1950's. An eastern states fig collector has grown this variety and reckons the flavour is "excellent". It has a great acid balance without being too sweet. The skin is lime green when ripe and the centre a rich red/pink colour. During the war days these varieties of figs were said to have been used to make false raspberry jam. This year we had a bumper crop (thanks to our unusual summer rains and mild days) and ended up successfully sun drying alot of them. Yum...
We have this variety and others ready for sale.

Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
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Geraldton Raspberry Fig
This variety is likely to have been bought in by Macedonian immigrants in the mid 1950s. An eastern states fig collector has grown this variety and reckons the flavour is excellent.  It has a great acid balance without being too sweet. The skin is lime green when ripe and the centre a rich red/pink colour. During the war days these varieties of figs were said to have been used to make false raspberry jam. This year we had a bumper crop (thanks to our unusual summer rains and mild days) and ended up successfully sun drying alot of them. Yum...
We have this variety and others ready for sale.

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

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Are there any fig trees for sale please and how much?

Do you have figs for sale or only trees

Is that pawpaw on the rack with the figs?

mat i know do you have panache fig tree?

Is this fig tree a large variety please?

Would you be able to send it to Baldivis?

Hi Julie are you open tomorrow

Do you have the tree for sale

How much is a tree?

I think i need one of these

I think we have this variety. Is It is almost a hot pink when you open it? and tastes devine!

Ben Stewart Mmm figs..!

Monique Urbas

Shirley Smith

Keith Jones

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Floppy top fox proof fence.
Here are some photos of our fence modifications.
After 25 years, a clever fox worked out how to get into our orchard area where the chooks sleep at night. We started regularly losing at least a chook a night. After a week of sleepness nights and a lot of midnight dashes out to the orchard with a torch to scare him off, I decided to contact Darren Darch from @Fauna for the Future WA to help us work out how it was getting in. We have 3m fences around the orchard area with corrugated iron dug into the ground at the base. After a bit of night motion camera detective work, we found they were scaling the fence in a similar way to a cat.

Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
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Floppy top fox proof fence.
Here are some photos of our fence modifications. 
After 25 years, a clever fox worked out how to get into our orchard area where the chooks sleep at night. We started regularly losing at least a chook a night. After a week of sleepness nights and a lot of midnight dashes out to the orchard with a torch to scare him off, I decided to contact Darren Darch from @Fauna for the Future WA to help us work out how it was getting in. We have 3m fences around the orchard area with corrugated iron dug into the ground at the base. After a bit of night motion camera detective work, we found they were scaling the fence in a similar way to a cat.

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

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I had a similar problem, did this work?

They will chew through wire if rusty and not strong.

Two single wire electric fence always works

I put electric fence around top of my fence

Tom Tom Sawyer

Kate Carvey

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Fox ensures trap is safe before eating
Foxing around.
What have we been up to at the Permaculture farm?
After 25 years, a clever fox worked out how to get into our orchard area where the chooks sleep at night. We started regularly losing at least a chook a night. After a week of sleepness nights and a lot of midnight dashes out to the orchard with a torch to scare him off, I decided to contact Darren Darch from @Fauna for the Future WA to help us work out how it was getting in. We have 3m fences around the orchard area with corrugated iron dug into the ground at the base.
Darren bought in his cameras for the night and we soon discovered, it was scaling the fences. So off to work adding a floppy top to our fences along with Darren's cunning plan to lure the fox into a trap nightly baiting with tinned seafood catfood, frozen sardines and eggs. We're slowly luring him further and further into the trap until he is fully in, than we'll set it. Here is a video of the fox testing if the trap is safe.

Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
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That's a perfect shot there , why don't you take it .

foxes are so smart.....could be a nice fur coat there.....😎

Did the floppy fence top work Julie?

He looks like a clever cheeky fox. Hope you catch him

Either electrify the top or put tubing along single wire. That will make it difficult for them. A good fox is a dead fox. No use releasing it to do more damage on the wildlife let alone your chooks.

There are lots of foxes around at present.....1080 stops them in their tracks.....

Very canny creatures will be interested to see how the trap goes😊

Hope you get him. 😠

they do so much damage to babies etc.

Fantastic Mr Fox 😉😂 good detective work!

He's a beautiful looking animal!

That's a healthy looking fox.

Treacy James Gordon have a look at this one dad

Billy Tyler

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Years ago while walking along the oceanside Kalbarri cliffs, I first discovered this remarkably hardy Melaleuca standing up to the ocean winds and salt spray. It only stood a meter high, had no salt spray burn and was looking extremely healthy. We now grow this Kalbarri Seamurtle which has made its home into many a waterwise coastal garden throughout the Geraldton area. With the extra summer rain this year, it has had a longer flowering period than usual of which both I and our bees absolutely love.
Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
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Years ago while walking along the oceanside Kalbarri cliffs, I first discovered this remarkably hardy Melaleuca standing up to the ocean winds and salt spray. It only stood a meter high, had no salt spray burn and was looking extremely healthy.  We now grow this Kalbarri Seamurtle which has made its home into many a waterwise coastal garden throughout the Geraldton area. With the extra summer rain this year, it has had a longer flowering period than usual of which both I and our bees absolutely love.
Nursery open Friday to Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm.
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom

Contact Details

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

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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