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Learn Permaculture

Practical Sustainability by Design

Practical Sustainability by Design

About Drylands Permaculture

Dryland Permaculture is the application of Permaculture design in climatic regions of the world where mean annual evaporation exceeds mean annual rainfall.

Short seasonal and sporadic rainfall events between periods of drought, limit water availability and biological fertility.

Soils are typically low in organic matter and vulnerable to salinisation and degradation.

Dryland regions cover over a third of the world’s land surface and home to over 2 billion people, mostly in developing countries.

As growing populations seek to meet their daily needs and desired improvement in livelihood, drylands are being placed under increasing pressure.

These include over use of limited water sources, salinity, habitat loss and ‘desertification’.

We have learnt from our experience in Africa, the Middle East and Australia how Permaculture can prevent and remediate these adverse impacts, creating a hopeful future for the drylands.

Many of these lessons, such as harvesting water and creating guilds of productive plants are demonstrated on our semi-rural property in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Operaing as a drylands permaculture enterprise enables us to disseminate our knowledge of Permaculture through sales of our plants and seeds, tours , workshops and work exchange stays.

Learn Drylands Permaculture With Us

Take a Tour

Our tours will show you the many fascinating aspects of our work in a challenging landscape. Walking through our productive organic gardens and orchards, we share stories and the secrets of our success giving you a multitude of ideas to take home.

  • Scheduled Tours:  1 Hour $25 p/p (Please Call when next available)
  • On-demand Tours:  2 Hours $500/group (max. 25)


Our workshops deliver valuable knowledge on the activities that we undertake at the farm. Native seed collection, permaculture design, vegetable growing, seed saving and composting are just a few of the subjects we teach.

You can register your interest for a farm tour or one of our workshops advertised on our news page and feedbook page by email or by phone.

Become a Volunteer

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

Work Exchange

We are registered WWOOFIng and HelpX hosts if you are looking for a rewarding ‘hands-on’ work exchange stay during your travels.

WWOOFers and HelpXers are involved in the day to day activities in the running of our farm and permaculture enterprises, work a five day-a-week/eight-hour day and share the household chores including cooking and cleaning.

Contact us for more information on

Articles on Our Work 

Against The Odds

ABC TV Gardening Australia, 24th November 2012
SERIES 23 Episode 33
Josh visits a dryland gardener who knows how to beat the heat

Dryland Challenge

Organic Gardening Magazine, Spring 2001
Dryland and Permaculture Pioneer Julie Firth
Drylands Permaculture Farm, Geraldton Western Australia

Profile: Julie Firth

Pip Magazine,  Issue 6
Julie Firth and
Drylands Permaculture Farm, Geraldton Western Australia

Greener Champ: Principled About Permaculture

Midwest Times, 16 October 2008
Demonstrating Practical Sustainability in Waggrakine, Geraldton

Permaculture: Garden Guidelines

Dryland Coastal Regions
Self published Julie Firth
Available @ Drylands Permaculture Farm

More About Permaculture

David Holmgren

Holmgren Design – Permaculture Vision and Innovation
Co-founder of Permaculture, Melliodora Victoria

Tagari Publications

Sustainable Design Principles Publisher
Founded by Bill Mollison, Co-founder of Permaculture

Permaculture Association Western Australia

Permaculture West – A not-for-profit incorporated association
Western Australia

Permaculture International Limited

Permaculture Australia – National Permacuture Organisation
Permafund and Acreditted Permaculture Training

Permaculture News

Permaculture Research Institute
Worldwide Education and Training

Candle Light Farm

Sustainability Education and Permaculture Design
Mundaring, Western Australia

Contact Details

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

Tel. (08) 9938 1628
Mob. 0458 38 1628

ABN: 60 163 754 943

Opening Hours

Please Call  0458 38 1628

Drylands Google Map

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 and conservation through social enterprise.

Photo: Bungarra on hot tin roof© J.Barber 2009

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