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End of Year Celebration

6 December, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mega Christmas Share Table +

End of Year Celebration with Workshops

Sunday 6 December 2020

2.00pm to 6.00pm

88 Richards Road, Postmans Ridge

Many thanks to Debbie and Brodie for inviting us to explore their garden.

Bookings are essential

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This is the End of Year Celebration with Workshops and Garden Visit for Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.  Everyone is welcome.

We’ll each take home a Mushroom Grow Bucket, a Fruit Fly Trap, Christmas Decorations created from a Crows Ash Pod, and Goodies selected from the Mega Christmas Share Table.

Bookings are Essential

Please book your ticket at Eventbrite

COVID-19 restrictions have eased and we’re now permitted to have 50 people at this event.

We’ll offer a wait list, so if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.

What We’ll Do

We’ll start at 2.00 pm with a welcome and introduction. During the afternoon we’ll be able to explore the garden and we’ll have a range of family-friendly mini workshops, talks, activities and demonstrations.  It will be a fun-filled afternoon of learning and sharing.

Please BYO Drinks and Chairs.

Mushroom Workshop

presented by Ken Goulter of Top of the Range Gourmet Mushrooms 

  • We’ll use pre-prepared grain spawn to inoculate growing substrate and then pack this into grow buckets.
  • We’ll each make our own grow bucket to take home so we can watch our mushrooms grow ready for eating (one for each adult).
  • Ken will also talk about home mushroom cultivation and how to look after your mushrooms once you get home.
  • Top of the Range Gourmet Mushrooms is a local Toowoomba based business growing and marketing an increasing range of Gourmet Mushrooms.
  • See Top of the Range Gourmet Mushrooms’ Facebook

Walk and Talk Fruit Tree Pruning

presented by Justin Russell

  • We’ll go for a walk to look at the various fruit trees growing at Debbie and Brodie place, and Justin will discuss options for pruning (when, how, why) and general fruit tree care.
  • Justin is a gardening writer, photographer and smallholder farmer who divides his time between two main occupations: the production of words and pictures for a range of national gardening publications; and the production of organic food for his family, friends and neighbours. He lives and works on Half Moon Farm, a 3.5-acre, permaculture-based smallholding at Hampton that he shares with his wife, Kylie, and their three kids.
  • See Justin’s Website, Instagram and Facebook

How to Make a Frog Hotel Demonstration

presented by Brodie Bassingthwaighte

  • Brodie will demonstrate how to make a simple Frog Hotel to provide habitat for green tree frogs in your garden.
  • Frogs bring so many benefits to our gardens. Apart from being beautiful, they’re efficient pest control for unwanted insects, and effective bio-indicators that tell us our garden systems are healthy.

Raising Meal Worms to Feed Poultry

presented by Ingrid Tatow and Adam Gould

  • Ingrid will tell us about how to raise meal-worms as a useful protein source for backyard chickens and poultry.
  • We’ll learn about how meal-worms reproduce and grow, the basic set-up we’ll need at home, and how to feed, care for and harvest meal-worms.
  • Adam will also show us his simple plastic tub set-up.

Raising Black Soldier Flies

presented by Adam Gould

  • Adam will show us his Black Soldier Fly Farm that he uses to raise protein for his quails and poultry.
  • We’ll learn about how soldier flies reproduce and grow, the basic set-up we’ll need at home, and how to feed, care for and use them to feed poultry.

Handmade Christmas Decorations

(Especially for children but fun for adults too) presented by Carly Middap and Janet Dennison

  • We’ll use Crows Ash Pods collected from under Debbie and Brodie’s tree and ribbons and trimmings to create unique Christmas decorations.

How to Make a Fruit Fly Trap

presented by Sam Rogers

  • Sam will show us how to make a fruit fly trap using a recycled plastic soft drink bottle, some strong tape and a piece of wire.
  • He’ll also talk about options for the fruit fly bait including highly effective apple cider vinegar.
  • We’ll each be able to make our own trap to take home and try in our gardens.

We’ll each take home a

  • Mushroom Grow Bucket (one kit for each adult)
  • Fruit Fly Trap
  • Christmas Decorations created from a Crows Ash Pod
  • Goodies selected from the Mega Christmas Share Table (see below for details)

Shared Meal – Loaded Potatoes

We’ll end the afternoon with a shared meal of bake potatoes in foil cooked in the Wood-Fired Rocket Oven and served with a choice of fresh toppings. We’ll have both sweet Potatoes and White Potatoes plus Gluten Free and Vegan topping options will be available. 

Please BYO Drinks and Chairs


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
  • First-Time Visitors and Non-Members – $10 per person (or pay your membership now for 2021 and attend for free as a member. All events and workshops are free for members throughout the year.)  Download a Membership Form here.
  • Children attending with an Adult – Free (but please book so we know total numbers)

Please book your ticket at Eventbrite


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is now due for renewal for all members. It’s only $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home. 

If you renew or join now, membership will be valid right through until the end of 2021 and members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost. Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.

Mega Christmas Share Table

Do you have surplus? If so, we’re planning an extra special Share Table just in time for Christmas.

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.


During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe.  This includes:

  • Maximum of 50 people at this event.
  • Physical distancing will be maintained.
  • Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently travelled overseas or to hot spot area.

Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.

Access and Directions

Parking is available on site. The garden is flat and suitable for strollers, wheel-chairs and walking farms.

The property is approximately 10 minutes drive from the top of the Toowoomba Range.  Head east down the highway through Withcott.  Turn left into Connoles Road (the first road past the exit to Murphys Creek), and then immediately right into Richards Road.  Number 88 is the last property at the cul-de-sac at the end of Richards Road.  Drive in along the driveway and pack as indicated.


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6 December, 2020
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


88 Richards Road
Postmans Ridge, Queensland 4352 Australia
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