Joan Park The Gold Coast's first established Community Garden hosted a workshop to assist Warren Brush, International Permaculture Designer and Educator.
Warren Bush will be offering educational programs and Permaculture design consultation for various orphanages and villages in East Africa over the next six months.
It is aimed to raise $9,000 in the next three months to meet a challenge grant that will match the funds dollar for dollar.
This amazing projects will have a broad concentric ring of impact on the people, mostly orphans, in this developing region of the world.
Money was raised by donation, sale of plants and some exciting raffles.
Talks at the workshop were given by Jude Lai on fruit tree care, budding and grafting and by Greg Plevey on how to renew your soil.
Both these men have a deep knowledge of their fields and the audience listened intently.
Jude introduced his audience to the Malabar Chestnut a fast growing native of tropical America, a very hardy tree producing ongoing pods containing edible and nutritious nuts about the size of a cashew. These nuts can be eaten raw or roasted, fried in oil, or added to a stir-fry or eaten raw. The young leaves and flowers are also edible and can be eaten like a vegetable.
He also gave us some great information on grafting fruit trees and how to renew weak trees.
A break followed and all shared samples of kombucha, some magnificent homemade cakes, and a good cup of lemongrass tea.
While many including myself used the break to purchase more special plants including malabar chestnuts, others chatted amongst the vegetable plots, a great place to be.
Then back to hear Greg Plevey tell how to grow strong, pest free foods by creating real, living soil.
He showed us why Mother nature needs our help to fight off years of chemical abuse and pollution to create soils to benefit the environment for us and future generations.
Another great workshop. So invigorating to know you are not only learning to grow your own organic food but also contributing to touching lives in East Africa.