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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Its time to plant garlic in Geraldton. We have Organic Purple Hardneck Garlic cloves for planting available. This is a great variety that we have been selecting for potency and size over the last the last 15 years. So far the biggest cloves of this variety are 50mm long and 25mm wide. We have limited spare planting stock so be quick if you are interested. They will be available from tomorrow in bags of 100 cloves. $12.00 per packet. Limit 2 packets per customer.

Nursery open Thursday to Monday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
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May 19th, 7:30 pm

Its time to plant garlic in Geraldton. We have Organic Purple Hardneck Garlic cloves for planting available.  This is a great variety that we have been selecting for potency and size over the last the last 15 years. So far the biggest cloves of this variety are 50mm long and 25mm wide. We have limited spare planting stock so be quick if you are interested. They will be available from tomorrow in bags of 100 cloves. $12.00 per packet. Limit 2 packets per customer.

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

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Can I please have a bag - will come out tomorrow to collect (or Rolf Hornum will. Thanks

Can you please put 2 bags aside for me! I will come and grab them tomorrow

Can I get I bag pls, can collect Monday

Can you please hold me two bags please I can be there by 12.30 tomorrow?

Any chance you can take 2 bags to the markets for me please? Otherwise can you put aside and I'll pick up Thursday?

Are you at the railway markets this morning?

Is it too late for me to plant a bag in Freo jules?

Please can you post me a packet- Jurien Bay. Thanks

Can you post 2 bags to perth please

Can I get 2 bags posted to me in WA please ?

Will you post to Esperance

Can I have a bag please? 😊

Will you post to NSW?

Can johhnny bring a bag up to markets for me please 😁

Can you put a bag aside and I'll collect on Monday please ?

Have you any bag of garlic left thanks

Scott Bell-Cunningham, we need to purchase these 🙂

I am so there !

Might have to be next year Ian Grant

Caesarah

Conrad Ru

Tegan Darnell

Kelly McGrellis

Matthew Ireland

Barbara Darbyshire

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Seed saving our local heirloom species. The Geraldton Smoothskin Tomato. Is anyone still growing it in the Geraldton area? ... See MoreSee Less

May 13th, 12:38 pm

Seed saving our local heirloom species. The Geraldton Smoothskin Tomato. Is anyone still growing it in the Geraldton area?

We're looking for the seed of the Geraldton Smoothskin Tomato. Years ago, before the day of the plastic hothouse, this variety was grown in Geraldton throughout the 1950's, it was freighted as far as Melbourne supplying the city with winter tomatoes. At one stage 36,000 cases ofthe Geraldton smoothskin were annually produced in George Allen's Wonthella market garden. With the flood of new hybrid tomato varieties and hot houses, time superceded this variety and many people stopped growing it. It is an important heritage variety that we need to preserve and get back out to home gardeners to try. Does anybody know of, or have any seed that we could begin to grow again and preserve.
Other heirloom tomatoes have been grown out by Yilgarn seeds and selected for Geraldton conditions over the last 25 years. If you are in the midwest region and you are interested in heirloom varieties and want vigorous acclimatised plants, we have seedlings available now.

Nursery open Thursday to Monday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
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May 12th, 7:22 pm

Were looking for the seed of the Geraldton Smoothskin Tomato. Years ago, before the day of the plastic hothouse, this variety was grown in Geraldton throughout the 1950s, it was freighted as far as Melbourne supplying the city with winter tomatoes. At one stage 36,000 cases ofthe Geraldton smoothskin were annually  produced in George Allens Wonthella market garden. With the flood of new hybrid tomato varieties and hot houses, time superceded this variety and many people stopped growing it. It is an important heritage variety that we need to preserve and get back out to home gardeners to try. Does anybody know of, or have any seed that we could begin to grow again and preserve.
Other heirloom tomatoes have been grown out by Yilgarn seeds and selected for Geraldton conditions over the last 25 years. If you are in the midwest region and you are interested in heirloom varieties and want vigorous acclimatised plants, we have seedlings available now.

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

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Fresh Eddy had a variety that was possibly similar. I can't be sure if it is the same but it sounds similar. My chooks found my seedling tasty so I never saw fruit.

I know a few random self seeded varieties coming up for years in very old houses in Beachlanda. What does the tomato look like?

Might be worth asking Joe Ricupero or his daughter Marina.

Maree Kennedy

Pat McNaught

Helen Sargeant

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A resurgence of the Looseleaf Cos lettuce in the warm winter climates. Home gardeners in warm winter areas are finding that looseleaf lettuces are much easier to grow and more productive than solid hearting varieties. The leaves can be picked as they are needed and eaten fresh, this way their nutrition is at its fullest.
Fast growing traditional varieties like the Brown Romaine Lettuce have hit the home gardens in the Geraldton region with Yilgarn seeds distributing both seeds and seedlings acclimatised to the local region.
Seedlings ready for sale now.
Nursery open Thursday to Monday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.
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May 6th, 9:38 am

A resurgence of the Looseleaf Cos lettuce in the warm winter climates. Home gardeners in warm winter areas are finding that looseleaf lettuces are much easier to grow and more productive than solid hearting varieties. The leaves can be picked as they are needed and eaten fresh, this way their nutrition is at its fullest. 
Fast growing traditional varieties like the Brown Romaine Lettuce have hit the home gardens in the Geraldton region with Yilgarn seeds distributing both seeds and seedlings acclimatised to the local region.
Seedlings ready for sale now.
Nursery open Thursday to Monday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
333 David Road, Waggrakine. 08 99381628.
Local plants, local people, local wisdom.

New stock is coming out of the propagation shadehouse, every week new things are ready. ... See MoreSee Less

April 1st, 7:01 am

New stock is coming out of the propagation shadehouse, every week new things are ready.
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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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333 David Rd (North), Waggrakine, Geraldton, Western Australia 6530