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January Connect and Learn

27 January, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table

Plan Your Plot

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Monday 27 January 2020

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Mercy Community Green Care, 104 South Street, Toowoomba

Join us from 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start

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6.30 pm – Connect – Doors Open

Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table.  Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 8.00pm after the LEARN session.  Browse, ask questions and chat together.

6.45 pm – Learn – Plan Your Plot

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Are you wondering where to start in planning your plot?  Or do you want to design and extend the gardens you already have?  If so, Debbie will take you through this practical session focused on basic planning concepts and inspiration including:

  • Analysing your site
  • Understanding the climate, sun, shade, rainfall, wind, frost aspect and terrain of your plot
  • Identifying microclimates
  • Considering your personal needs for an edible garden
  • Introduction to Permaculture Zones

If possible, please bring an A3 plan or image of your property.  This could be a building plan, an image from Google Maps or a simple bird’s-eye view sketch you’ve created yourself.  It doesn’t need much detail but it would be great if it’s roughly to scale.  Check that you can identify the direction of North and see the property boundaries, buildings and existing trees.  If your property is very large you might want to focus just on the area close to your house.

You’ll take home:

  • A sector analysis overlay to use in your planning
  • Some initial ideas on a rough concept plan

Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience.  She has a home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning, where she teaches literacy, mentors facilitators and presents workshops.  These regular Events are practical, boutique learning experiences tailored to your interests and needs, and planned for small groups to empower individual and community skill-building and resilience.

Debbie also writes a Nurtured Life Blog to inspire others to live a Nurtured Life.

8.00 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table

A light supper will be served.  Sharing of produce opens at 8.00pm to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.


  • 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


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 night for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.

Location and Parking

There’s plenty of parking on the block of land beside the cottage. Could you please enter through the side/back door rather than through the front door off the verandah.


The venue has stairs so it’s not accessible for wheel chairs.

Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).

We hope we see you there!

Share Table

Do you have surplus?

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, scobies, 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.



27 January, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


CUA Community Hub
470 Ruthven Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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