Dean’s Profile

Green DeanWelcome and thanks for visiting my site. I’m an urban farmer, permaculturist, nutritionist and proud home cook with a passion for great food, earth care and sustainability. I’ve been working in the 'green scene', health and wellbeing, and personal development fields for over 20 years.

I love being part of the positive change happening in the world now, and encouraging everyone I can to get on board and be part this exciting change to make the world a better place through urban farming, growing good food and empowering community.

My cultural background is Australian-Italian-Polish. I got my green thumbs growing up on a coastal farm in NSW, and my love of all creatures great and small came from raising countless domestic and native animals. In the early days, my family grew tomatoes commercially, supplying the first local supermarkets.

We also owned oyster farms, and an oyster opening business, which supplied local restaurants. Later, we hobby-farmed angora goats, sheep and bees. In the 1990s, we operated a wholesale palm nursery for a number of years.

Our own urban farm in Brisbane, Queensland, is our foodie dream. We aim to host most of our events and workshops onsite, and grow and produce much of our own food, always expanding our plans and gardens to incorporate more plants, trees and animals. It’s a great site for showing what’s possible in standard, small, vertical and unusual urban garden spaces. Our private urban farm has seen over 4,000 people through our gates over the last 10 years.

We share our special space with 2 old dogs, 3 cats, a flock of chickens, 2 pink cockatoos, 3 cockatiels, possums and a variety of native wildlife – all valuable members of our family, contributing in their own unique ways. We’re also very thankful for great neighbours.