The explosive interest in gardening in recent years, especially edible organic gardening pursuits like permaculture and urban farming, is certainly very heartening to witness ... and in my case, be an exciting part of professionally.
One of the wonderful results of this gardening renaissance is the abundance of new and old gardening groups growing across Australia, including online. For Brisbane gardening enthusiasts alike, whether edible, ornamental or a little of both, we are spoiled for choice on and off line, especially with groups like Redland Organic Growers Inc (ROGI for short), which focuses its membership and activities in and around the Redlands region of Brisbane.
With a very solid, loyal and active member base, monthly meetings, garden visits and makeovers, fundraisers, regular education and generous sharing of produce, knowledge and information in the community, ROGI is a gem among Brisbane's garden groups.
I had the pleasure of being invited to guest speak at their September monthly meeting on Wednesday 14 September at Alexandra Hills, Brisbane. I spoke on some of my business and community activities, including my urban farming and permaculture education and consulting, workshops and events, Crop Swaps, The KFC Project and more. It was a solid turnout and a very warm and welcoming audience. I really enjoyed the gathering and have decided to become a member. They are also on Facebook at ROGI.