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March Garden Insights
1 March @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Garden Insights Visit
Birdsong Market Garden
Sunday 1 March 2020
2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
118 Boundary Street, Cranley
Many thanks to Rick and Rachael Cameron for inviting us to explore their market garden this month.
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What We’ll Do
We’ll start at 2.00pm with a welcome and introductions.
Then Rick and Rachael Cameron will take us on a tour of their market garden where they produce food of medicinal quality using complete soil remineralisation. The farm is about an acre on clay loam black soil on the north boundary of Toowoomba.
We’ll finish with Afternoon Tea and an opportunity to chat with others.
There’ll also be fresh produce for sale for anyone interested in taking home delicious, healthy vegetables straight from the garden to your plate.
If you’re keen to purchase some amazing produce from Birdsong Market Garden for pick up at Sunday’s visit, you can order via https://birdsongmarketgarden.com.au/ and leave a comment with your order that you’ll be collecting at our visit. Our lovely hosts will then box up your order ready to collect, and you can pay either via the website, or in person. Birdsong generally harvest to order, so ordering ahead helps make sure you don’t miss out.
- Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
- First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
- Non-Members – $10 per person
- Children attending with parents – Free
This is a Family-Friendly event. Everyone is welcome including children with close parent supervision for their safety.
Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member. Membership forms will be available on the day for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.
Please bring a water bottle and wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions (sun, wind and rain protection) and closed shoes.
Birdsong Market Garden is located less than 15 minutes from the centre of Toowoomba at 118 Boundary Street, Cranley. See the map for directions.
The garden is accessible for strollers, walking frames and wheelchairs if needed.
There is plenty of parking available on the street. Keep an eye out for the Birdsong sign, and the four big palms at the front of the property.
The Story Behind the Garden and What We’ll See
At Birdsong Market Garden you’ll meet the Cameron family – Rick Cameron (principle subsistence farmer) and his wife Rachael Cameron (minister of home affairs) and their 6 children.
Rick is the innovative creator of Birdsong. Leaving behind the office life and his full-time electrical engineering career, he’s opted to instead convert our farmlet into a market garden producing food of medicinal quality. Rick is a believer that people are designed to live a lot longer than we presently do, and that quality food from nourished soil is a key ingredient to achieve longevity.
Racheal has long been fascinated by homesteading, nutrition, supplementation and health. After being healed of an autoimmune disease herself, Racheal looks forward to seeing the results of providing people with the food that can bring restoration in their health.
And then there are the children! Rick and Racheal have 6 children who all love the outdoors and rural life. Farmers in training, you’ll be likely to see them helping around the garden at Birdsong.
The farming method at Birdsong is principally inspired by Jean Martin Fortier from Qubec with his 1.5-acre intensive farm model, Dr Joel Wallach with his findings that mineral deficiencies are the cause of all natural deaths, and William Albrecht the soil scientist who formulated the ideal soil mineral balance.
The farmed area is about an acre, on clay loam black soil on the north boundary of Toowoomba. The system uses an 800mm wide crop bed, 400mm path, and each bed is 20-25m long. 1-8 crops are rotated in succession in each bed, in a beneficial cycle. Hand tools are the tools of the trade for high quality urban farmed produce.