Role: Director. Design and installation. Project management. Education and support. Community Garden co-ordinator.
Bruce is the founder and past-president of Veggie Village Community Gardens Inc at Peregian Beach. His quest for knowledge of vegetable growing and community care led him to start the garden nearly 5 years ago. Since then he has completed a PDC (Permaculture Design Course) and has helped set up numerous home and school gardens throughout the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Brisbane including his own sandy suburban backyard at Marcus Beach.
Bruce is a passionate leader and his teaching style allows for fun, hands-on and somewhat quirky learning techniques. Partipants come away from his workshops feeling inspired and can't wait to start their own gardens.
His graphic design and marketing background allows him to easily present education material in a clear and graphical style. This skill also allows him to design sustainable gardens with clarity and precision so novice gardeners can understand the sometimes complex systems of permaculture.
Since founding Veggie Village in 2007 he has helped several other community groups throughout the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay begin their community garden journey and gather members to turn them into a reality.
Stop in the Middle - The Veggie Village Story
Watch this short film and find out how Bruce came to battle Mr Doom and Mrs Gloom in his quest to grow veggies in his own backyard.
Role: Permaculture designer and teacher.
M.Ed.C.A., Grad. Dip Ed., Dip Permaculture Design and Diploma Permaculture.
Involvement with Permaculture began when Janet developed Environmental Study Programs in schools in south-west Sydney in the late seventies. This work led to the study and implementation of Permaculture solutions in the early eighties. Although working in Permaculture from “Permaculture One and Two” and the “Designer’ Manual” , she did her first course with Geoff Lawton in 1995 and then one with Bill Mollison in 1997.
Janet and Mick Millington have designed and implemented a Permaculture design on their 35 acre property, incorporating Bamboo plantation and Farm Forestry. The property has a productive home garden, small animal systems, orchard, food forest as well as restoration of riparian zones. Permaculture courses have been run from the farm in Eumundi for the past ten years.
Janet has been a director of both the Permaculture Institute and Permaculture International and a committee member of Permaculture Noosa. She co-founded the Sunshine Coast Energy Action Centre with Sonya Wallace and is very active in the Transition Towns Movement.
Janet wrote “Outdoor Classrooms…A Handbook for School Gardens”, with Carolyn Nuttall and presents seminars to teachers wishing to set up and fully utilize a school garden in the curriculum. Visit website
Role: Design & Construction
Associate Alan Atkinson is a permaculture consultant and designer. His career includes community garden design and construction, TAFE horticulture educator, permaculture design and construction of gardens ranging from suburban blocks to large acreage.
Alan has a diploma in permaculture design-education.
He worked as a permaculture consultant with geoff lawton in setting up the Noosa Permaculture in 1994.
He has also worked as a project teacher- trainer in horticulture and permaculture for 12 months on a community garden project in Caloundra.
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