Once a month join us to learn about growing vegetables & fruits, raising farm animals, and how to care for your soil. Meet the farmer, or tour a backyard growers garden. Make friends and exchange produce, ideas and smiles! Open to members and visitors.



Saturday March 13th

Belmont North



Yvonne has lived on her half acre block in Belmont North for about 30 years but it was just lawn and a few trees until her son Dean caught the permaculture bug. 

In his late teens Dean began travelling the world, living and working on farms from Nicaragua to Sri Lanka, gaining qualifications in permaculture (PDC), composting and soil biology as he went. 

When he periodically came back to Australia, Dean began transforming the backyard, starting with swales to capture water for banana trees, creating a food forest and finding ways to close the loop on household waste (fingers crossed he'll share his formula for having a continuous supply of compost). 

About 6 years ago, Dean returned from his travels with kombucha and as Yvonne began drinking it, she realised she'd been bloated for years and her gut health could do with some work. 

In 2016, Yvonne and Dean began Pura Vida Organics selling kombucha at markets around Newcastle. During our visit, they'll take us behind the scenes of their fermentation process and how they use ingredients from their garden to flavour the kombucha. 

Last year while at Conscious Ground in Byron Bay, Dean met Honey who has a wealth of experience in fermenting food from both study and hands on work on permaculture farms and their associated kitchens. 

Join us on Saturday 13 March for a tour and educational experience with Dean, Honey and Yvonne! 


12.30pm Lunch BYO (optional)


1.15pm "Spotlight on..." our new mini educational series


1.30pm Tour commences

4.00pm Estimated end of activities (feel free to leave at any time)​

Bookings for this event are now open. 

Due to COVID restrictions, bookings are limited to current financial members. 

If you're not a current member, please visit the Join Us page.

Location details provided in your booking confirmation.  


Field Days Field days are usually held once a month except in January.

Lunch is at 12.30pm, and talks or tours start at 1.15pm. We usually finish by 4pm but you are welcome to leave whenever you like. 

What to bring: A folding chair, lunch and drinks, hat and sturdy shoes, produce to swap/share/sell.


Members - free
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only current financial members are eligible to attend field days. Bookings are compulsory due to limited numbers. BOOK NOW


Wet Weather: Check our Facebook field day event page or tune into 2NURFM 103.7 or 1233 ABC Local Radio for updates on the day.


Car Pooling: Head over to our Facebook page and post in the field day event listing to offer or ask for a lift. Alternatively contact us via phone.


Share your knowledge for a sustainable future. Host a field day at your garden or farm.