Community Projects, Demonstration Sites — by Geoff Lawton February 1, 2012
I was visiting Byron Bay on my last Sunday off in conditions where we have had a large amount of rain and some very unsettled weather with lots of storms. With the winds from the north, the surf conditions where very messy and unfavorable, as also were the fishing conditions, the sea was really unsettled and a lot of fresh water was flowing into the ocean.
So, I instead took the opportunity to visit some of our project work and was fortunate to visit the Arts Factory Backpackers’ garden. This was installed during a permaculture urban landscape course, reference the links below:
I was most pleasantly surprised — the garden was well maintained and absolutely brimming with food. There were all kinds of vegetables in all of the beds and a complete succession of crops, new plants and seedlings, all recently planted.
The bush turkey netting system erected to prevent the destructive action of the local bush turkeys was working perfectly. All the footpaths were well weeded, the herb spiral was full of plants and working well and everybody I spoke to in the backpackers was so pleased with the garden. In their words it was one of the nicest assets in the backpacker centre and people were so pleased that they were given the opportunity to work and volunteer and harvest free food from the garden.
It is with great pleasure that I can bring you these photographs and show you the success of some of our work which is bringing people more healthy food, good experiences and extending the knowledge of sustainability. This knowledge extension is not just with a local community, but with so many international backpackers coming through the site it has been a very worthwhile job, as for a very small amount of educational energy input there is a huge extension and educational output.