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left-panelThe 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.

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2013

I was reflecting recently on the work we’ve done in recent years, paid and community, especially with last year (2013) being a very busy year for us. If you’re working on a project yourself at the moment, whatever it is, and sometimes experience self-doubt or challenges in gaining momentum, never give up! Never doubt the small steps you take and how little things add up, or the work you do and how it impacts positively on others.

2013 was a very interesting year for most people. We certainly saw a lot of change, both positive and negative, in Brisbane and Qld, with floods, political changes, a sharp rise in the cost of living, lots of environmental wins and setbacks, and yet another year of fighting the good fight for the green revolution.

We've achieved a lot of positive and fun things, made some mistakes along the way, shared a lot, learned MORE than we ever shared, met some wonderful committed and passionate people, and we're happy with our contribution so far ... and after having 6 months off at the beginning of this year, we feel we still have lots more to share in 2014.

Here's a few of our achievements from 2013:

~ We saw 1,269 people come through our gates to visit, attend workshops and events, to learn from and share with us, and contribute to a better world.
~ We helped rescue and rehomed over 500 chickens via The KFC Project.
~ I serviced 25 Garden Mentor Sessions for private clients.
~ We held 29 free events, with over 400 people attending.
~ I spoke at 22 events: community and conservation groups, librares, businesses and private organisations, to over 1000 people in total.
~ We held 10 Crop Swaps, with 310 people attending.
~ We facilitated 13 Permaculture workshops, with 112 people attending.
~ We ran 7 chicken keeping workshops, with 68 people attending.
~ We ran 11 workshops on soil care, seed propagation, worm farming and Korean cooking, with a total of 52 people attending.
~ Our free Eat Your Street tour earlier in the year saw 23 people attend to learn about edible street and backyard weeds and trees.
~ We ran 3 green branding workshops, with 14 people attending.
~ We held 5 survival and self defence workshops, with a total of 27 people attending.
~ I had 6 radio interviews.
~ We ran an organic food co-op onsite for 13 weeks, with 300 people attending during that time, and just under $10,000 of organic local produce purchased in the 13 weeks.
~ We donated over $1,000 to non-profit organisations.
~ We are now followed and supported by people from over 25 countries, including Australia, the USA, Canada, India, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Israel, the UK, Italy, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, Indonesia, Okinawa, Africa, the Middle East, France, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and more.

Sharing these achievements is not meant to boast in any way. It is to share and feel proud about our commitment to our immediate local Brisbane and Australian community, and our extended global community, our dedication and passion for the environment and people everywhere ... and I should stress that ALL of this was only possible with the incredible, rock solid support from my partner MinJeong, and a plethora of amazing people near and far, off and online. We look forward to achieving even more for people, communities and the planet in the future.

Onwards and upwards! – Green Dean