Sustainability through Social Enterprise
Contribute and Participate
Contribute & Participate
Sustainability by Social Enterprise
About Our Farm and Foundation
Since 1989, Julie Firth and many friends and volunteers have shared in the vision to demonstrate the potential of ‘Permaculture‘. A practical design system for creating sustainable human cultures and economies founded upon ecological principles and an ethic of personal responsibility to make it happen.
We chose to make this vision a reality in our own semi-arid ‘Mediterranean’ climate with it’s hot summer temperatures reaching above 40°C, relentless winds that gust to 30km/h, ‘water repellent’ poor sandy soils and an annual rainfall of 450mm that falls mostly in mild winter months.
To be successful here, where flaws in our techniques would be quickly exposed to the reality of our climate, we knew we would be contributing much needed working knowledge of Permaculture for other dryland communities.
After many years of hard work and refined design, we have proudly managed to transform our once degraded three hectare semi-rural property 11km north of the port town of Geraldton, into a productive, thriving abode of people, plants and animals.
Since 2013, we have operated as a registered charity the Drylands Foundation to help us extend our work further into our Midwest region and in service of coming generations. Our Foundation operates our farm as a not-for-profit social enterprise to demonstrate environmental sustainability solutions through Permaculture and provide environmental services and products to our regional communities.
As a social enterprises we utilise our long term financial surplus to self-fund our education activities and facilities. As a registered not-for-profit organisation we are able to work with government departments and philanthropists wanting to direct funding to grass roots initiatives and partner with proactive and hands on sustainability practitioners.
You can view our activity statements for our Foundation here.
How you can Contribute to our not-for-profit
Become a Subscribed Supporter
Subscribe annually and become a Supporter of the Drylands Permaculture Farm and receive benefits including discounts on our quality plants, workshops, and heirloom seeds. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Become a Volunteer
Become a volunteer, and get a highly rewarding experience in drylands permaculture and a hands-on social enterprise. Want to learn more by getting your hands in the soil? We welcome volunteers, who wish to regularly commit time and energy for an enterprise which supports the sustainable livelihood of our dryland communities. Our activities are very varied, from nursery to office work, so there’s always something which will suit a range of people. Contact us at email@example.com
Donate to our Drylands Foundation, a registered environmental organisation and charity. We accept donations and grants to improve our capacity to offer subsidised training.We do not have yet DGR status but it is something we are working towards. Alternatively please contribute to our crowdfunded activities, including the development of our new workshop and study rooms on our farm. Crowd funding details coming soon.
Buy our Products and Services
Take a farm tour, attend one of our workshops or purchase our quality plants, seeds, gift vouchers and Garden Honey.
As a social enterprise we trade to generate a surplus that allow us to self-fund our environmental and sustainability activities.
What we Do to Make a Difference
Conserve and Protect Biodiversity
Protect and restore local biodiversity through an acclimatised provenance seedbank and nursery.
Conserve and Regenerate Soils
Regenerate soils and fertile dryland environments using soil conservation and soil biology.
Educate and Research Sustainability
Educate and conduct research in sustainability within a supportive demonstration facility.
Demonstrate organic production
Demonstrate and promote minimised resource use and efficient organic production.
Partner for Sustainability
Partner and support initiatives for sustainability in dryland environments.
We work proactively in environmental education, nature conservation, mentoring and sustainable livelihood.
How We Make a Difference
- Protect local biodiversity by operating a seedbank and nursery.
- Regenerate soils and fertility using soil conservation and soil biology.
- Research and teach sustainability within our demonstration farm.
- Demonstrate low resource use and efficient organic production.
- Partner and support initiatives for dryland sustainability.
How You Can Contribute
- Follow us on our Facebook page
- Become a subscribed Supporter
- Volunteer your time and skills
- Donate to our Foundation
- Purchase our plants, seeds and Garden Honey
333 David Rd (North), Waggrakine
Geraldton,Western Australia 6530
Tel. (08) 9938 1628
Seasonal Opening Times
April-October: Thursday to Monday
November-March: Friday to Sunday
10am to 5pm. Closed Public Holidays.
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: Geraldton Giant Sunflower © J.Barber 2009