Hands in the Soil

Through permaculture we improve quality of life



Edge5 is an Australian environmental consultancy with over 25 years’ experience in permaculture design and training. We specialise in teaching people to transform landscapes into productive gardens for healthy communities.

Throughout the world and Australia, we have extensive experience in using our integrated design approach that brings together ecological processes and human activities to promote healthy and sustainable living through food gardens.

Greg Knibbs is the key consultant at Edge5 read more about his impressive experience below.

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, The solutions remain embarrassingly simple"

-Bill Mollison 


The Team

Edge5’s experienced multi-disciplinary team provides full project design consultancy and delivery. We deliver these services in parallel with training programs, specifically suited to the communities we work in.

Greg Knibbs 

Greg is a passionate permaculture designer and teacher and the founder of Edge5 Permaculture. Greg brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of permaculture design, community development and landscape restoration.

Greg has taught alongside Geoff Lawton and the late Bill Mollison on their Permaculture Design Certificate course at Trinity College, Melbourne. He has also been involved with hands-on permaculture workshops with Bill Mollison at his farm in Tasmania and taught advanced permaculture design with David Holmgren. He was instrumental in setting up the Philippines Permaculture Institute and played a central role in the development of the Ghana Permaculture Institute. Greg is currently implementing permaculture projects for Communities Assist in Tanzania, ADRA in Cambodia, The Philippines, Myanmar and Rwanda, as well as individually-sponsored programs in India.

David Spicer

David is a water harvesting and earthworks specialist. He has over 15 years experience in permaculture design and education, with specific expertise in Keyline design and agro-ecology systems. David has worked with Geoff Lawton as farm manager at the renowned Tagari farm in northern NSW and as facilitator and teacher at Zaytuna farm, the home of the Permaculture Research Institute. He also has international aid project experience in arid climates in Jordan, Morocco and Palestine, as well as working in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Clea Chandmal

Her academic research was undertaken at the University of Cambridge Dept of Plant Sciences and Dept of Genetics, Stanford University Dept of Cell Biology, and the Tata Institute. I have cut phd and masters out as i have done other projects apart for the phd and masters in these places. Clea has developed and widely tested a rapid soil development and regeneration process based on her research (called the Forest Floor Way) and developed new food production and black and grey water treatment strategies. These have been tested over many large and small-scale sites

She trained in Permaculture under Dr? Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton and has delivered over 15 Permaculture courses.



We provide a complete permaculture and horticultural service which includes:


  •  Training courses (see here for all our courses)

  •  Consultations (see here for our consultation services)

  • Ongoing support


We work in urban and rural environments helping people to find

the right solutions for their food needs.


Our clients include:


  • International aid agencies.

  • Mining corporations.

  • Local governments.

  • Aboriginal corporations.

  • Schools.

  • Urban garden owners.

  • Community groups.

  • Hobby farmers.



Today communities & environments are at risk from population growth, food/water insecurity, malnutrition, increase need for farming land, soil collapse, deforestation and disasters caused by extreme weather and now Covid-19.

The need for stable, safe, social and healthy communities has never been so critical as now and we have the knowledge and experience to help people achieve this.

Improving quality of life sits at the core of everything that we do.

5 Areas towards community development

Food Security

Water and Earthworks




The foundation of stable communities through nutritious kitchen gardens.

Water conservation

and quality.

Training Programs to develop self-reliance.

Economic, healthy and resource-responsible housing design.


Edge5’s work specifically addresses 12 of these goals:


No Poverty


Gender Equality 


Decent Work and Economic Growth


Responsible Consumption

and Production


Zero Hunger


Clean water & Sanitation


Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Climate Action


Good Health and Well Being


Affordable and Clean energy


Sustainable Cities and Communities


Life on Land


Edge5 offers low cost, scalable, sustainable, practical and meaningful training courses and advice to meet all our clients needs.

Check out some of our projects: