Permafund ambassador – Rowe Morrow

perma-fund-logoRosemary Morrow became the first Permafund ambassador at the Intentional Permaculture Convergence in London recently. Her long permaculture career has taken many journeys from education and publication to aid and development work, across the globe.


Third ethic of permaculture - Fair ShareRosemary’s work in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Bosnia and Afghanistan, highlights why we felt she deserved the recognition of being our first patron.

With the festive season upon us and a time of giving to others, Permafund is putting an appeal out to the global permaculture movement to consider sending us a donation. By sharing the abundance we have achieved with others, we participate actively in our third ethic… Fair Share. You can donate directly to Permafund here.

Permaculture Principles has been a long time supporter of Permafund, tithing proceeds with over AU$2000 shared in recent years. 


Permafund ambassador Rowe MorrowRosemary Morrow

Born in Perth, Rowe was claimed early by the Earth; plants, animals, stones, weather. Some years in the Kimberleys as a young girl confirmed it. She trained in agriculture science with which she was very disappointed, then moved to France where she lived in the L’Arche community. Later at Jordans Village in England she realised she would become a Quaker.

Back in Australia in the 1980s Rowe’s Permaculture Design Course provided the basis for a concern for Earth restoration. She considers permaculture to be ‘sacred knowledge’ to be carried and shared with others. Since then, when asked, she has travelled to teach the PDC to others who, due to circumstances, could not access it any other way. This took her to immediate post-war Vietnam as well as Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia and other countries.

Rowe’s present concern is to make teaching sustainable and encourage others to succeed her as teachers. Her books include the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture and the Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture, available from our shop.

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