Learn how to develop a range of local strategies and action plans for achieving bioregional scale food resilience, with a thriving local food economy. Gain the confidence, skills and tools to facilitate this to happen, guided by an experienced international tutor.

Participants will learn:

- a range of relevant facilitation methods and dynamic teaching tools
- how to encourage communities to get started and remain sustained
- a 12-step strategy for household and organisations
- how to conduct a local food modelling and mapping activity
- how to facilitate and create interactive seasonal calendars
- methodology for 'piggybacking' existing social nodes with local food actions
- patterns for bioregional food hubs
- strategies for enriching regional food economies
- what makes particular global and NZ local food systems so successful

Course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Accommodation may be arranged (via billeting) on request. Priority will be given to those from outside WA.

Venue: Perth City Farm

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Learn how to develop a range of local strategies and action plans for achieving bio-regional scale food resilience, with a thriving local food economy.  Gain the confidence, skills and tools to facilitate this to happen, guided by a highly experienced international tutor.

Teaching Methods & Tools

Interactive experiences, group work, use of models and maps, mindmapping, trading games, PRA (Participatory Rapid Appraisal), video clips, powerpoints, lecture, facilitation practice, research


Session 1:

(a)  Intro to each other and the programme

(b)  Bioregional Food Strategies Mindmap - an overview

Followed by:  Urban retrofitting for sustainability: Urban Food Nodes & Open Orchards (activity)

Session 2: Bioregional Food Sustainability Analysis (activity)

(a) Power & Ownership Analysis

(b) SWOT, Vision, Goals, Action

Session 3: Local Food Modeling, Mapping, Stocktaking, Zoning & Inventory (activity)

Session 4: Learning from Project Lyttelton (Christchurch) & Victory Village (Nelson)

two powerful NZ social change organizations regarding food systems

Followed by:  Evaluating & Engaging Local Food System Players

 – an interactive analysis and planning tool (activity)



Session 1 & 2:   Getting a Local Food Movement Started and Sustained

Introducing useful tools, facilitation techniques, engagement approaches and specific programmes as we go through the steps of learning how to build city-wide food resilience - 12 steps from food dependence to food sovereignty from the perspective of:

  • a disempowered household
  • an empowered community organisation

Followed by small group discussions re how this relates to this bioregion, and identifying where our/an organization is at on these projectory steps, where the gaps are and how can they be addressed.

Session 3:  Seasonal Calendars

(a) Seasonal calendars as a strategic planning tool for boosting local economies (presentation)

(b) Bioregional seasonal calendars linking social-cultural events with food systems (eg for wild harvesting, land management, food production and distribution) (activity)

Session 4:  Piggybacking Social Connections  (presentation & activity)



Session 1Organising Seedbanks and Seed Exchanges (information sharing with relevant exerts from Robina’s ‘SOS: Save Our Seeds’ documentary.

Session 2:  Planning for Change – household by household

Household & Community Food Self-reliance Chart (activity)

Session 3:  Hands-on Workshop Facilitation

Organising and facilitating neighbourhood hands-on workshops, such as:  Home Garden Coaching, Permaculture Gardens, Food Forests, Seed Saving, Composting (presentation & resource sharing)

Session 4:

Completion & Feedback

Workshop Complete 4pm on 30th.



Robina McCurdy

Hailing from New Zealand, Robina is truly an international permaculture wanderer. She has delivered many courses and been engaged in community development, organic growing, permaculture design and tutoring on a global scale for the past 25 years. Robin has produced a community facilitation manual – “Grounding Vision, Empowering Culture”, and a Home Garden Coaching Series manual “Grow It!” In recent years, Robina has focused on various localising food projects, but still continues her well-known work in community gardens and permaculture education in schools.  (Earthcare Education Aotearoa, New Zealand)