Our Story

Brogo Permaculture Gardens consists of John Champagne and Sharon Champagne with the input ( at times) of our talented children Rhiannon, Callum, Daniel, Imogen and Liam. Soon after John completed a permaculture course some 20 years ago , we took the plunge to  move from inner suburban Melbourne to the south coast of NSW, Australia.

We have no regrets but know now that on reflection we had little experience -what we had though was  enthusiasm and a belief in the principles and ethics of permaculture.

In the intervening 20 years we have raised 5 wonderful children, built our own home and supplied many of our essential needs , transformed land which once supported only cattle and blackberries and though our permaculture courses have inspired many to take a similar plunge and try a new way of living. As the things we are talking and teaching about are our own experiences , when we talk about them in courses they resonate for many, We have learned about earthworks, building, animal husbandry, solar power, wood fuels and much more and love sharing what we have learned with others.

Living here at Brogo is an ongoing learning experience, every day brings something new to us, which we share through our courses, workshops , open days, consultancy services and with those who come to work with us.

We continue to develop the property and run permaculture courses. We  welcome those who want to learn how we have done this to join us on a Permaculture Design Certificate course, visit us on an Open Day, come stay and work with us or follow us through our newsletter.

What We Do….live permaculture

We started developing Brogo Permaculture Gardens  in 1994 with the end goal in mind of the property being a demonstration site of best practice permaculture, an education site and most importantly a home where we could raise our five children living the ethics and principles of permaculture.

With a sound permaculture plan in mind , we designed and built our home and have developed the 4 hectares of former cattle paddocks into a lush and abundant property which is now one of the best permaculture sites in Australia.

Our Experiences in Developing Brogo Permaculture Gardens and Teaching Permaculture for Over 12 Years Gives Our Teaching
…..we live permaculture

In 2003 John started  teaching permaculture courses, 10 years after undertaking a course and experimenting and developing his understanding of permaculture in practice. He is available for Consultations, Co-teaching on Courses  or as a Guest Teacher on Courses and can be booked for a range of Presentations.

Permaculture Design Courses  are held in the Bega Valley annually and at other sites around NSW and Asia during the year. We also hold Open Days and host site visits.

John and Sharon, who is also a permaculture graduate and a trained educator, run a Permaculture Teacher Training course on demand in various parts of  South East Asia for those who have completed a Permaculture Design Course and wish to move into teaching either a course, workshops or classes. Our hope is that this will empower locals to gain the confidence to teach permaculture in their own areas.  These courses develop as  opportunities arise and we love to hear from people in the region who are interested in organising a course.

At Brogo Permaculture Gardens we aim to inspire others to look to permaculture to promote self and community resilience and  to develop the understanding of permaculture. With the 20 plus years of living the way we do, we know that it works.

Look at our events page for details of coming courses from Brogo Permaculture Gardens.