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October Garden Insights
4 October, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garden Insights Visit
Debbie and Brodie’s Garden-Farm
Sunday 4 October 2020
11.00 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm (2 groups)
88 Richards Road, Postmans Ridge
Many thanks to Debbie and Brodie for inviting us to explore their garden this month.
See the Facebook Event
COVID-19 restrictions have eased so we’re now permitted to have a maximum of 30 people at any event in a private home.
So to ensure COVID-safe physical distancing can be maintained, we’re planning two separate groups to visit the garden with a maximum of 24 people attending at each time (plus organisers).
- Group 1 (up to 24 people + organisers) will attend from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
- Group 2 (up to 24 people + organisers) will attend from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
We will 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.
Bookings are essential
Group 1 – 11.00am to 1.00 pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/garden-insights-visit-debbie-and-brodies-garden-farm-group-1-tickets-117825779077
Group 2 – 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/garden-insights-visit-debbie-and-brodies-garden-farm-group-2-tickets-118908613865
What We’ll Do
We’ll start with a welcome and introduction.
Debbie will share her ever-evolving Permaculture Design for their property and will discuss what has been implemented in real life and their many future plans.
You’ll be able to see and explore the:
- kitchen garden
- holistic fruit orchard
- Asian plucking garden
- aromatic apothecary garden
- wildlife habitat garden
- native bushfoods garden
- integrated poultry systems
- native bee hives
- black soldier fly farm
- nursery and propagation area
- compost tea aerator
- rocket oven
- small swales to capture water from the road
- and more …
- Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
- First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
- Non-Members – $10
- 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 day for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.
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.
The Story Behind their Garden-Farm and What We’ll See
Debbie and Brodie live on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge in the Lockyer Valley (about 10 minutes from Toowoomba), that experiences extremes in weather conditions including very dry, frosty winters, and very hot summers. They’ve been there for 18 years; however, most of the external infrastructure and the productive food plantings have been re-established in the last few years. The destructive January 2011 flood swept through their property, so almost everything has been repaired and replanted and the garden is evolving.
You’ll have the opportunity to see various vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, pots and wicking beds. There’s an integrated poultry and small orchard system (with heritage chickens, Muscovy ducks, geese, guinea fowl and a peacock), native beehives, a small propagation area, worm farm, soldier fly farm and abundant birds and native wildlife along the seasonal creek.
The house (originally built in 1981) and outdoor living spaces are slowly being retrofitted. This property has grid-connected solar power and is independent of other external connections with a bio-septic system that recycles all waste, solar hot-water and 160,000 litres of rainwater storage (no town water). There’s also a bespoke, home-made, rocket-powered oven in the outside entertainment area.
Debbie works from home as a specialist literacy teacher, so many students visit for one-on-one sessions each week. On some weekends she presents or hosts practical workshops to empower individual and community resilience, and enjoys rich connections within the local community.
Debbie is also the founding president of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.