Permaculture Earthworks Design Specialist




David Spicer Earth Surgeon

The Bastard from the bush

Bill Mollison

David grow up on the northern edge of the beautiful Snowy Mountains in Gilmore valley at Tumut NSW

leading a quite self reliant life style working from a very young age in the family garden and tending the animals, trapping rabbits with his father for the family income fencing and all the skills it takes to live on the land he learnt from a early age instilling him with a great sense of practicality. Working a lot in forestry with his father as well distilling eucalyptus oil fence post and mine props forming part of David’s understanding of forestry management and the skills to go with it

Life changed for David when he was 12 the family travelled around and followed the civil earthworks construction game allowing David to be exposed to heavy machinery and the different uses and how to communicate with the operators

Droving cattle was Davids first job in 1988 with travelling over 500 km in 6 months and 800 cows and calf’s to manage 7 days a week has helped his understanding of [Holistic Management ] using cattle to repair landscapes

Working in many different fields such as forestry/sawmills, building/ construction, horticulture, civil earthworks, landscaping, contract fencing the list goes on


With over 18 years experience in Permaculture education

working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute (Tasmania) and Geoff Lawton, the managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and Zaytuna Farm. He is renowned for his ability to explain concepts and ideas simply, getting to the basics.

David previously worked as farm manager of the renowned Tagari Farm and Zaytuna Farm in northern New South Wales.

He has taught and worked extensively within Australia and internationally on various projects, covering five Australian states, Morocco, Jordan and Palestine covering a broad array of different climate zones. David is a valued member of the team headed up by Geoff Lawton.

He has the distinction of being Registered Teacher #5 with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

Majoring in water harvesting and storage earthworks as the framework of his design style, consulting and designing nationally and internationally focusing on practical and cost-effective design

Working in 6 states of Australia and in International AID projects such as the greening the desert in Jordan, 4 trips to Morocco, in remote Aboriginal community of Wadeye NT.  and just recently New Caledonia 

Permaculture Gold Coast

David has the rare ability to create the concept and to see the concept through to the physical reality.  He is an excellent educator with a wide range of experience.David has an incredible pragmatism that allows him to work in any environment and on any budget.  His years of experience include, working with the founders of Permaculture as a valued contributor to some of the flagship PC farms in Australia. July 11, 2013, Justin was David’s client

Tim Barker

Appropriate Technology instructor at Koanga Institute

Dave is the real deal, hardworking with an incredible practical skill set and great at inspiring and drawing out the best in people. If he has a vice it is in not rating himself highly enough. Set Dave on a task and forget it, it’s as good as done.


David has an incredible pedigree: his practical skills are superb (from construction to forestry to food systems and more) and he’s done a lot of work with some of the very best (Mollison, Lawton…). David is committed, shares his knowledge and is a great guy to work with.

September 26, 2012, Tom worked directly with David at Docspice Permaculture.




Teaching Earthworks
earth surgery toolkit
forestry coures
Surveying Contours
PDC Morocco
Level-sill spillway

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