Sunday 1 December 2019
2.00pm to 6.00pm
End of Year Family Celebration for Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.
Propagating, Potting, Pizzas and Practical Pleasures
Debbie and Brodie Bassingthwaighte at their Permaculture Patch
88 Richards Road, Postmans Ridge
What We’ll Do
Join us for Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.’s end of year family celebration “P” Party. This will be an afternoon of practical mini-workshops, a garden tour and games suitable for the whole family.
Propagate Productive Permaculture Plants
Prepare Paper Pots then Potter and Plant
Peek in the Poultry Pens where a Peacock Parades
Perambulate Past Poly-cultures then Plan your own Plot
Pause and Ponder, or Pow-wow with People
Perhaps Pick, Pluck or Photograph Parts of the Patch
Play and Participate in Pleasurable Past-times
Prepare Pizza and Party with your Permie Pals
As well as learning a few new ideas and having fun, you’ll get to take home some things you’ll make or collect.
Cuttings and divisions of productive Permaculture plants
Hand-made pots planted with seeds
Ideas for integrating animals in your garden (Native Bees, Worms, Chickens, Muscovy Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl, Peacock)
Examples of how edible and useful plants can be grown in unpredictable climate conditions (Pots, Wicking Beds, Raised No-Dig Gardens, Orchard)
Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Financial Members – Free
First-time Visitors to one of our Events – Free
Non-Members – $10 per person
This is a Family-Friendly event. Everyone is welcome including children with close parent supervision for their safety.
We’ll finish the afternoon with Pizza cooked in the home-made Rocket-Powered Oven. BYO Cold Drinks and your favourite Pizza Toppings to share with others. Pizza Bases will be provided for you to make your own delicious creations. This will be a chance to relax, share food and connect with others in our community.
Please bring a water bottle and wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions (sun, wind and rain protection) and closed shoes.
Also bring your favourite Pizza Toppings to share with the group and BYO Cold Drinks.
The garden is accessible for strollers, walking frames and wheel chairs if needed.
Parking is available in the grounds.
The Story Behind the Garden
This is 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. Debbie and Brodie have lived here for 17 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 the property, so almost everything has been repaired and replanted and the garden is immature and evolving.
What You’ll See
You’ll have the opportunity to explore the grounds and see diverse 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), 2 native bee hives, a small propagation area, worm farm, and abundant birds and native wildlife. The house 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 80,000 litres of rainwater storage (no town water). There’s also a bespoke, home-made, Rocket-Powered Oven in the outside entertainment area.