I recently got involved with a group of people in the city who have a common interest in permaculture and sustainability. I mentioned that I was developing my garden on the island and nobody knew where it was or even heard of the islands. I’ve found this pretty common and it’s amazing that people who have lived in Brisbane for their entire lives don’t know anything about the islands, let alone visited them.
So I invited them to come over for a day trip and I was pleasantly surprised when about 30 of them turned up.
I want to create some awareness of these special islands and try to attract a good bunch of people with the right intention of forming a close knit community based on healthy organic food and self sufficiency. The current situation is absurd where our little corner store has to import food from the mainland. We have the ability to produce better food here on the island and could literally feed the local community for free. I just need to get people involved.
First stop was Macleay Island. Unfortunately Cutty had to sit this one out since she is imobilised with her injured leg. We walked from the ferry along the wetlands to the organic market. I think people are always pleasantly surprised by the natural beauty of the islands.
They are a lively bunch and very excited to be on a little island adventure.
We had a good opportunity to look around the organic farm and Eleesa, the owner, spent some time with the group explaining her vision for the project. She is an inspiring lady.
After the farm we headed further down the island to Simone and Daves place. Simone runs a business called Pretty Produce. She specialises in edible flowers and knows just about all there is to know about them. Dave built this incredible house a few years ago from local island sourced trees which he milled himself on the house site. This is the back garden.
Simone showed us her garden produce and explained a few essentials for growing succesfully.
She has some beautiful produce.
We were then treated to a fresh salad from her garden, complete with edible flowers.
This is the deck of the house that Dave built overlooking their private beach. That’s North Stradbroke Island in the background.
This is the view from the beach. Dave inspired the group with his encouragement to, “just get in and have a go” attitude to building. After leaving Dave’s place, feeling like I’d just been in an episode of “Grand Designs”, it was over to my place to get some input from people about my garden project. It was great to have a bunch of motivated and like minded people to interact with. So far it’s been a hard slog on my own with the house and the guest cottage but it makes it worthwhile when people get some enjoyment from it and can share the vision.
I will be writing more about the group visits in the future. The local food growers association is organising a Sustainability Festival in a few months and they want me to be involved with my guest cottage project. So I’m excited about that development. More soon.