Graeme Sait’s challenge to all of us at his 4-hour workshop on Saturday, 18 August 2018 was that we can no longer be spectators when it comes to climate change and that each of us can make a difference by starting in our own backyard. Graeme’s messages are powerful and his knowledge and insight into the challenges and solutions leave you with hope, not despair. Read more about his tips on growing nutrient-dense food in your garden here. To see more on the importance of humus check out his TedTalk here.
Our Permaculture Design intensive is currently underway with Morag Gamble. The participants are hard at work redesigning Yandina Community Gardens’ space to demonstrate how to live sustainably using Permaculture principles. We are enjoying a journey of rediscovering our beautiful gardens, their potential, smells, soils and much much more. Watch this space for further news on the changes that are envisaged over the coming months.
Graeme Sait is a sought-after presenter, who travels to over 30 countries each year educating farmers and gardeners about growing high-quality food without the use of chemicals. Graeme is the author of over 300 published articles and two books and his YouTube clips have hundreds of thousands of views. Graeme often meets at Ministerial level around the world in his quest to spread the word about the profound links between soil health, human health, and planetary health. His presentations are often described as life-changing.
The 4-hour workshop at the Gardens
This workshop entitled,“The Secrets of Growing Pest-Free Food with Forgotten Flavors and Enhanced Medicinal Qualities”, will have a strong practical focus. You will learn both the theory and the practice to make your gardening more stress-free and fun. The wide-ranging subject matter will include the following:
- Making your own liquid living fertilisers – compost teas, specialist inoculumsworm juices, and lactobacillus teas can be remarkably effective, low-cost aids to increase yield and build resilience in your garden.
- Composting competency– composting is a home garden essential. Here you will discover the mechanics of three super productive composting strategies including aerobic, anaerobic and Trichoderma composting.
- Monitoring your progress– learn about the value of simple monitoring strategies to maximize plant health and pest resistance. Learn how to use a refractometer, how to measure soil and plant pH and discover a simple technique to monitor all-important potassium in your food crops.
- The value of soil tests– we often spend thousands of unpaid hours as weekend warriors in the garden. Sometimes there are problem areas and unproductive plots that we never really learn to manage. A soil test can be a remarkable problem-solving tool when seeking to maximize production and minimize problems.
- Improve your own health– Graeme is renowned around the world for sharing his considerable insight into how we can live longer, happier, healthier lives. Here you will learn stress-busting strategies, invaluable diet tips and you will discover practical tips for making full benefit of your bountiful produce. This segment will include demonstrations of lactofermentation, super smoothies, and the making of tender kale salads. You will also be given the recipe and tips for making the wonderful, DIY anti-inflammatory, Golden Paste.
- Improve the health of your planet– discover the critically important role of soil health, in terms of countering climate change. Humus building is direct carbon sequestration, Nurturing your own patch can be your biggest individual contribution towards countering the global heating challenge. You will recognise the role of mulching, cover cropping and the use of humates to maximize the humus building potential of your garden.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Graeme focus upon your garden and your health in his hometown. There have been full houses at his previous presentations so book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to book
Please note due to Graeme’s popularity we are hosting the workshop at the Yandina-Eumundi RSL, the address is
24 North Street Yandina
This project has been proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program
Do you have a dream to build your own sustainable living space, but think that it’s out of your reach? There are things that you can do, and not do, to keep costs low (e.g., using recycled products & doing without extra rooms & bathrooms). Brett & Amber Grimley opened their home for Sustainable House Day 2016 & 2017. Their house is as much about financial sustainability as it is about environmental sustainability. Brett is a local professional building designer & sustainable house design is his passion (see Ecolibrium Designs). Brett will show you tips, tricks & approaches to achieve a sustainable home for less.
Hi, I’m Dee Humphreys and I’m passionate about eating Weeds and Herbs – Basically all edible Greens
By herbs, I’m not just talking parsley, coriander, Rosemary etc. During my presentation, I am going to outline a wide range of tropical greens that thrive in SE Queensland. This way you can easily grow your own greens, and therefore be certain that the food you are eating is 100% nutritious, homegrown and spray free.
Life couldn’t get any better than that!
I will also help you identify a wide range of edible, and delicious weeds, so that you can stop trying to kill them, and instead, you can start including them in your salads, slow-cooked meals etc.
I will discuss a range of greens you can also use as scrumptious, (and nutritious) teas. That way you can stop purchasing processed teas from the supermarket, and start enjoying easy homegrown teas from your own garden!
I also discuss the health and healing benefits of the herbs and weeds, so you will leave the presentation with a wealth of information to use straight away.
Some of the fun herbs I will be discussing include;
*Ceylon Spinach *Mukunuwenna *Mushroom Plant *Lebanese Cress
*Lemon Balm *Chives *French Sorrel *Parsley *Sawtooth Coriander
*Pumpkin vine tips *Sweet potato tips (green variety with red stem)
*Arrowroot *Mother of Herb *Mugwort *Herb Robert
*Gotu Kola *Mint (Choc, Peppermint, Spearmint, Vietnamese)
*Brazilian Spinach/Sambu Lettuce *Pineapple Sage *Aibika (QLD Greens)
*Sweet Leaf *Yarrow *Winter Tarragon *Basil (eg traditional, bush, Thai)
Some of the weeds we will identify include;
* Weed Amaranth * Swamp Dock *Sheep Sorrel *Sida retusa *Alehoof
* Chickweed *Pink Shamrock * Wandering Jew * Blue Top (Billy Goat Weed)
Uses of edible Greens include;
Salad = collect and chop for Soups, stews, crock pots, juice them, broths.
OR Teas, bath soak, foot bath, hand soaks, poultices, eye washes.
Used to make your own pepper shake (eg Nasturtium seed, Farmers Friend, Papaya seed)
For animals pick the same Herbs and Weeds, for chooks, goats, pigs
During the 2 hours presentation, I have chosen herbs and weed varieties that are easy to grow harvest and prepare. Book here
These ‘herbie, weedy greens’ without other veggies are more than enough for a very nutritious breakfast, lunch or dinner!
I do Garden Tours where we taste the herbs and weeds and I help you identify edible herbs and weeds that are easy to grow. If you are interested in attending a Garden Tour, feel free to contact me on 0497754486 or email email@example.com
For more information and identification assistance, try Isabell Shipard’s book – Self Sufficiency. Pages 56-72 are ALL on EDIBLE WEEDS (photos and all).
Isabell’s other book on Herbs is all you will ever need to purchase to identify edible herbs and read about their health and healing properties.
Books are available for purchase in the nursery shop