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May Newsletter

The sudden cold weather has reminded us that winter is just around the corner.  It's time for the aroma of delicious hot soup bubbling in our kitchens, the variety of new season food crops plucked from our gardens, and snug social times with family and friends near toasty warm fires.

During COVID-19 restrictions we have lots planned to keep you connected and inspired.   We hope you can join us online via Zoom at our regular events.

Please register in advance for each event (see details below), so you'll have your personal link to login to join us.

Events - What's Planned?

We have some special guest speakers for you in the next few weeks.  Tonight at 6.45pm we have Annaliese Hordern, horticulturist with Green Harvest Organic Gardens sharing her tips for Seed Saving and Top Food Security Plants for Our Area.  Make sure you don't miss this!
Monday evening 25 May 2020
online Zoom Connect and Learn
Seed Saving and Top Food Security Plants

presented by Annaliese Hordern
6.45pm to 8.00pm

Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your personal link to join the meeting.

What we'll do

Annaliese is entirely passionate about seeds and Permaculture plants.  She has worked with Green Harvest Organic Gardening for the past 3 years as a horticulturalist raising seedlings from seed including a wide variety of Permaculture plants and propagating their perennial edible plant collection.

We’ll learn about Seed Saving and Top Food Security Plants for Our Area including:

• managing our seed collections
• seed viability and storage
• seed selection for our climate that provide many benefits
• top perennial plants

See the event for full details.  Website or Facebook

Permaculture Ethic - Fair Share

Set Limits and Redistribute Surplus

"We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others."

~ David Holmgren

The third Permaculture Ethic of Fair Share focusses on creating and distributing life-giving resources fairly amongst every living creature on our earth including people, animals and plants.  It also has a future focus since future generations will depend upon our conscious stewardship of the natural systems of our earth to provide ongoing, sustainable food, water and shelter.

The existing growth in human consumption and the accelerating mass extinction of species makes it very clear that our current choices and paradigms are not sustainable.

So, in times of abundance, we are encouraged to regulate our own consumption and share our bounty with others.  For example, our garden fruit trees are likely to produce a glut that is more than one person or family can eat.  Of course we can preserve the harvest to use at other times of the year, but there are limits to how much fruit we can personally use. It’s therefore important to think about the many ways that we benefit from reducing waste, recycling resources within our own systems, and giving a Fair Share of the harvest to others in our community.

It’s surprising how easily our actions can be a positive example and influence to others.  This is likely to ripple out into our communities encouraging reciprocal Fair Share that enhances the growth and wellbeing of us all.

Events in June

We hope you can join us for these upcoming online events.
Don't forget our Annual General Meeting for Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. on

Sunday 7 June 2020 at 1.00pm AEST (Brisbane time)

Via Zoom Online Conference Meeting - Register in Advance at

We hope as many of you as possible can join us for this important meeting.

If you are unable to attend, please consider completing a Proxy Form.

Our AGM will be immediately followed by our special Guest Speaker Justin Russell who will talk to us about Raising Seeds and everything we need to know about the basics to set up a home nursery growing area.
Monday evening 8 June 2020
via online Zoom video conference
6.45pm start

Creatures of Place
Facilitated by Sam Rogers

Please register in advance for this Zoom Film Club at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your personal link to join the meeting.

What we'll do

We’ll start at 6.45pm with a welcome and introduction.  Then we'll watch the short film via followed by interactive discussion.

About the Film

Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody.  Living on an urban 1/4-acre section in Victoria, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals.

They grow most of their own food, don’t own cars – riding their bikes instead – use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest.   Their inspirational story makes us think about many possibilities!

Monday evening 27 April 2020
online Zoom Connect and Learn
6.45pm to 8.00pm

Planning a Year-Round Harvest
presented by Sam Rogers

Please register in advance for this Zoom Film Club at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing your personal link to join the meeting.

What We'll Learn

We have all had a chance to Plan Your Plot (January Connect and Learn), and Prepare Your Patch (February Connect and Learn).  We have learnt how to look after our soil health (March Connect and Learn) and how to Save Seed (May Connect and Learn).

Now it is time to focus on Planning for a year round harvest. Sam will take us through:

  • The importance and benefits of planning
  • Essential tools for effective planning
  • Designing for space and time plantings
  • Choosing what to plant when
  • Guild planting
  • Companion planting
  • Crop rotation

Sam is the owner and operator of Journeyman Permaculture, a new venture in 2020 that combines over 10 years of carpentry experience with his passion for permaculture.  Through Journeyman permaculture, Sam strives to provide the local community with sustainable and ethical products and services to create healthy abundant gardens.

Book Review
Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, A New Earth

by Charles Massy

Book Review by Janine Banks

This a big book, 500 pages, and covers a lot of territory. It is easy to read, however, so the size is not so daunting as it may be with some other books. In fact, as I’m rereading a bit as I write this, I feel like it’s almost like having a yarn with Massy. He often opens chapters and sections with a personal description of his current situation.

"It is early March and the season is turning. This morning, I take the sheepdogs for a dawn walk. Below me, a long bank of fog fills the Bobundara valley, and an apricot cloud layer merges with soft azure on the eastern horizon. The air is cool on my hands and face, the grasslands netted by hundreds of thousands of cobwebs strung across grass and fence lines, and laden with dew. Capping it all, a quarter way up the sky is the thinnest sliver of a crescent moon."

Two more paragraphs describe the extensive birdlife and vegetation he experiences on his walk, before the now disused milking shed brings back memories from his childhood in the next couple of paragraphs. He does mention again that five generations of his family have lived on that farm, just like the five pairs of resident magpies, “generations holding the same territory in joined association with five generations of my family”.

So this all makes for a pleasant read about the history and progress of regenerative farming throughout the world but particularly in Australia.

Read more

Our Rhythm of Events

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, your committee has planned a number of ways we can stay connected but safe with physical distance.
Permaculture Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change
"Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be."

So we'll continue our rhythm of events using online Zoom video conferencing.

First Sunday afternoon of each month - 2.00pm
  • Virtual online Garden Insights to permaculture-inspired gardens; or
  • Virtual online Workshops (follow along and learn together)
Second Monday evening of each month - 6.45pm
  • Online Film Club evenings with short film viewing and interactive discussions (these won't be recorded)
Last Monday evening of each month - 6.45pm

Management Committee

  • President - Debbie Bassingthwaighte (0407 374 883)
  • Secretary - Janet Dennison
  • Treasurer - Rebecca Hopper
  • Events Coordinator - Kirsten Bradley
  • Welcoming Officer - Megan Robins
Contact us at if we can assist in any way.


Read about the many benefits of becoming a financial member of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.  Membership

If you pay now, annual Membership Fees will take you through until 31 December 2020.

  • Individual Membership is $40.00 per year
  • Second (or subsequent) members living in the same family household are $30.00 per year

If interested, please download a Membership Form.

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