Open Gardens are the most satisfying way to spend time with like-minded people while you enjoy a tour around a dedicated Permaculture Noosa member’s property. The wisdom shared (usually as a result of trial, error and dedication) is incredible. Open Gardens are usually held on weekends and are a great social occasion, where various Permaculture techniques are shared and you go home TOTALLY inspired by what is possible.
The wealth of knowledge of our members is extraordinary, so become a member and join us at our next Open Garden. Our Open Gardens are a members only event.
If you would like to host an Open Garden at your property, email the Open Gardens Coordinators Wendy Strathearn and Michael & Jenny Haydock at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The only prerequisite to hosting an Open Garden is that you are using Permaculture principles and are willing to take members for a tour around your property sharing the techniques you have used.
The Next Open Garden will be:
Recent Open Gardens
26 October Open Garden at Crystal Waters (Morag Gamble’s family home)
6th October Open Garden, Chatsworth (Serge and Maria Leroyer’s home)
28 September Open Garden, Noosa Heads (Dee and Ian Humphreys home)
24th August: Open Garden at the Doonan property of Dave Clark and Lissa Evans
Where: Bob and Chris Cameron’s Garden at Eumundi.
On Saturday April 20th we visited this amazing 17 acre property that backs on to the north Maroochy River was once just grassy paddocks with just a few animals grazing on it. Bob and Chris Cameron have transformed these paddocks into a nature lover’s paradise with farm forestry on contour and dams stocked with fish.
Over the years gardeners have made their mark on this property, planting a variety of edibles into the forestry scheme. Two years ago a large 1500 sq metre fenced vegetable garden was created to grow food to give to the staff of Rockcote (Bob and Chris’s earth friendly Paint and render production factory at Yandina). Here 55 staff can choose to have a free weekly food box from whatever we have growing on the farm, Seasonal that is. All greens and fruit is grown with enriched compost made on site. Permaculture plants are grown along with annuals and Permaculture practices are used on every inch of the farm. Every seedling is grown from organic seeds and even some of our own seed collected from last year’s crops
All Animals are used as tools to prepare degraded paddocks and bring them back slowly to optimum use. Pigs are cell grazed to remove unwanted herbs and noxious plants and grasses such Blady grass. Laying chickens not only produce great eggs but are also cell grazed across paddocks to manure and remove unwanted pest such as ticks and grass hoppers. Ducks are also cell grazed to also manure paddocks. There are also pasture fed meat chickens that get a short but loved life on the farm producing a great roasting chicken for staff to enjoy.
Attending this FABULOUS Open Garden will demonstrate various facets of Permaculture and Holistic farming practices and hopefully give your ideas on what can be achieved on you property large or small .
Photos by Valerie Wilson