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.
In the famous words of The A Team ... 'I love it when a plan comes together!'
I feel this way and lots of excitement when I do a consult for someone and they really embrace the session and great things result. On Thursday September 1st, I did a Garden Consult in Marsden, Brisbane for a lovely young family who were unsure of the potential of their site.
They had grown some produce and kept chickens in the past, but were seeking some direction and inspiration to do more with their site, and needed a vision to go to the next level. We explored potential future layout for new garden beds, fruit trees, trellises, a new chicken run and much more. We also focused heavily on marrying their desired lifestyle with these positive changes, including a beautiful revamped entertaining area, surrounded by herbs and veggies at their fingertips for the BBQ and visiting family and friends. Child friendly and safety were also important.
We covered a lot of ideas and goals, a lot of ground and urban farm design features. They have since ticked some awesome boxes on their site, giving new life to tired fruit trees, constructed new raised garden beds and daily been working on a healthier, happier, more functional home and garden.
Thank you, well done and BIG thumbs up to Sally and Grant for choosing to get professional support in stepping up to achieve a wonderful new urban farm. The proof will be in the pudding to come. Sally's healthy choc treats were certainly a delish perk of the job also!