The November Garden Visit & Crop Swap will be held at Anne's place in Ormeau, The Green Gate..
The Green Gate Permaculture Garden
The Green Gate is 1.25 acres in semi-rural Ormeau, in the SE Queensland region. The garden was begun in Spring 2014, with the focus being on a more self-reliant & sustainable lifestyle. Over the past two years, the garden has been developed using the principles of Permaculture design, according to the recounts of Bill Mollison in his book, “Permaculture Design Manual”.
The garden is divided into three main zones. The most visited Zone 1 has worm farms, a produce sorting area, a potting station & small nursery. The kitchen garden has a central medicinal & culinary herb hub, surrounded by several wicking beds, supplying chemical free produce to the family.
In Zone 2 & 3 there is a Citrus Orchard, Native Bee hives, a Coffee Grove, Banana & Papaya Circles, Dragon Fruit Stands and a Food Forest. The Food Forest at the back of the property has over 30 fruit & nut trees, vines & grasses, integrated with three separate chicken runs.
The property continues to develop all the time, moving toward closing the gaps to become a balanced, sustainable environment with abundant yields.
Come along and get yourself some healthy home grown food. You can trade what you have or buy what you want with cash.
During the trading you can join us for a cuppa and a chat. Crop Swaps are great for trading surplus and sharing with others how you use your produce.
Parking: is to be on site following the signs and there is plenty of room.
What you need to know:
- You will be trading your home grown produce directly with each other. There will be no middle man. You can be sure to get exactly what you want for your produce.
- Be brave and proud of what you bring. Ask for what you want, but be prepared to haggle.
- Items can be traded or can be bought with money.
- Be prompt and aim to stay for at least an hour or until your produce has gone. If you turn up late your trading partners may have gone already.
- Items that can be traded include:
- home grown or home-made food items
- items or things food gardeners will value: gardening books, magazines, preserving bottles, bamboo stakes, bio char, seeds, cuttings, seedlings.
- bring your surplus home grown produce
- make up preserves or other food items using these - store items appropriately (in eskies, if the item is perishable)
- prepare your other trade-able items
- consider the $ value you place on these items (per kg or per item), to make swaps you'll be happy with
- label items with description and dollar value
- if your items are unusual, bring along information on how to use them - we can display this and offer some for traders to taste
What to bring:
- $3- $5 contribution helps LFG cover its costs
- items to swap, labelled
- small change for cash exchanges
- a small plate of morning tea to share
- your own cup or mug
- a folding chair to enjoy morning tea in comfort.
RSVP - please RSVP so that we know you are coming and we can contact you if the event is cancelled.