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Grow it Local Festival

Online Event

Saturday 10th December 2022 - 3:00pm

Christmas presents from the patch

Every year, when Christmas rolls around, are you left scratching your head about what to get your nearest and dearest? Poor old dad, socks again, really? What about aunty Margaret, do you really think that she wants another scented candle? This Christmas, give gifts from the heart, AKA gifts from the patch. In this workshop, internationally renowned radical gift giver, Paul West will inspire you to get creative this silly season with a selection of simple gifts that are guaranteed to have you immediately elevated to favourite child / parent / relative / colleague status Register and join Paul for this exclusive free, live session

Online Event

Saturday 14th January 2023 - 3:00pm

Growing Food In A Tough Climate

No matter where you are in Australia, growing during the height of summer can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Gardeners are an ingenious lot and with a little know how, you can keep your garden pumping even when the sun is belting down. Join desert growing guru and Costa Georgiadis’ surfing stunt double, Heath Joske for this deep dive into what you can do to look after your garden when the temperature starts to soar and water is at a premium. When he’s not taking on global fossil fuel giants, being a Hollywood surfing stunt double or pulling into cavernous Southern Ocean barrels, Heath can be found tending his patch with his young family on SA’s Eyre Penisula. Whether you live in a hot, dry climate or not, this style of gardening has massive ramifications in a future with a warming climate and unpredictable rainfall. You’ll be amazed at what Heath is growing in conditions that would have most gardeners pulling their hair out. Check out Heath’s work on Instagram @sea.to.soil.farm

Online Event

Saturday 18th February 2023 - 3:00pm

Fabian Capomolla - The Hungry Gardener: Preserving the Hungry Gardener way

The best part about growing your own food is that the growing part is only half the fun! After all those blood, sweat and tears we pour into our gardens, it’s when harvest time rolls around that we really get to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of our labour! But can you have too much of a good thing? Anyone that has grown more than 2 zucchini plants will testify about how you can go from, oh this is nice, to whoa! too much very quickly! Fabian Capomolla, AKA the Hungry Gardener is as equally at home in the kitchen as he is in the garden. Not one to be intimidated by a little garden over abundance, Fabian knows how to make the most of the glut when it’s happening. That way, when the garden is looking a little leaner and you find yourself dreaming of more abundant times, you can pop into the pantry and grab yourself a jar of delicious homemade preserves! Join Fabian as he teaches you how to make the most of the abundance by preserving the Hungry Gardener way! Based in NSW’s Northern Rivers, Fab’s a defender driving, long boarding, content making garden guru. Check him at on Instagram @the_hungry_gardener

Online Event

Saturday 11th March 2023 - 3:00pm

Jac Semmler - Super Bloom: Maximum plants

How’s your garden looking? Jam packed? Or do you feel like there’s room for more? Jac Semmler thinks you need more plants. In fact, she thinks you need MAXIMUM PLANTS!!! Join Jac as she teaches you how to get more plants in your life. This workshop will help you to get more beauty in your garden, and with the hectic nature of modern life, we could all do with a little more beauty. Jac believes that there is no right way to garden and that all gardens should be a personal pursuit of pleasure! Jac is a crazy plant lady (more formally known as a plant specialist) and when she isn’t busy creating books like the magnificent Super Bloom, being the Gardener in Residence at the Adelaide Nature festival and being the creative director at Super Bloom Plant Practice, she can be found tending her awe inspiring garden Heartland in suburban Frankston. Check her out on instagram: @jac.semmler @superbloomau

Online Event

Saturday 15th April 2023 - 3:00pm

Take Your Garden To The Next Level!

How did your garden go this season, did it totally pump or do you feel like your patch has plateaued? If you’re ready to take the leap from beginner to intermediate, and get your patch exploding to the next level, then this is the workshop for you. Join Adam Hancock as he shows you the tips and tricks that anyone can use to get their patch going from ho-hum to holy moley! Adam is a professional gardener and passionate home grower and will share with you how he gets his plants jumping out of the ground. From how to look after your soil and choosing the best plants, to making sure that your patch keeps pumping year round! For some inspiration on how your patch could be looking, check out Adam’s work on Instagram: @adam__hancock

Online Event

Saturday 13th May 2023 - 3:00pm

Time To Get Your Subtropical Garden Singing!

As the southern states begin their descent into winter, gardeners in the Sunshine state and anywhere with a subtropical climate are gearing up for their most productive time of the year. The weather is cooling off (by QLD standards) the fruit flies are gone and the humidity is dropping. Time to get out into your patch and set yourself up for a glorious dry season garden. This workshop will be presented by the wonderful Claire Bickle. She’s a sub tropical gardener through and through and knows first hand the challenges as well as the benefits of growing food closer to the equator. She’s a horticuturalist with over 20 years experience and is passionate about growing organic food for her family in the subtropical environment. You can check out Claire’s work on instagram @clairebicklesgoodlife

Online Event

Saturday 10th June 2023 - 3:00pm

Regenerative Gardening, making the world a better place one patch at a time

No matter how big your patch is, whether it’s a few pots on a balcony or a full blown market gardener, as food growers we are powerful agents of change. Food growers create less waste and make more compost, they grew healthier food and help to build resilient communities! With a regenerative mindset, and working with nature rather than against it, it’s amazing what a difference a determined gardener can make to a landscape. Join everyone’s favourite desert gardener, Heath Joske, as he shares with you his permaculture approach to managing his patch. How he manages water, how he uses plants and how with the power of compost and seaweed, he is breathing life back into a run down old sheep paddock. For some inspiration and to see what Heath is all about, check him out on Instagram @sea.to.soil.farm

Community Events

Friday 2nd December 2022 - 12:30pm

Matthew Evans - Gourmet Farmer Author Talk

Matthew Evans is a chef and food critic, turned farmer and soil advocate. He’s visiting Para Hills Community Hub to talk about gardening, farming, the joy of growing and cooking your own food, with a particular emphasis on soil health. Ever wondered why one carrot, one piece of lettuce, one piece of meat tastes better than another? Ever wanted to put less effort into cooking, and more pleasure into eating? It all comes down to sourcing as much as saucing. How what you eat was grown, handled, chosen and processed has implications on its flavour, and therefore your pleasure. All of that matters, even before you hit the kitchen. In this fully revised and updated guide for all levels of cooks, Matthew Evans demystifies the how, the why, and the what, to help you put dinner on the table, be it for a slap-up occasion or a Tuesday night hurry-up meal. Written as a love letter to his son, Matthew’s experience of over four decades of cooking, tasting and growing food are condensed into the volume everyone who eats needs. It’s the greengrocer, butcher, baker and fishmonger by your side, complete with over 200 recipes that empower you to make better decisions for yourself, your dining table, and the world as a whole. We all want better meals on the table, better outcomes for our land, and The Real Food Companion is the guide you need by your side. Para Hills Community Hub 12:00pm for 12:30pm start Cost: $5 All Welcome

Sunday 11th December 2022 - 10:00am

Edible Flowers Workshop 11th December 10am - 3pm

Always wanted to know how you can bring edible flowers to your kitchen garden and better yet, your culinary creation? This workshop has been created for you! At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: Identify what is an edible flower Identify and apply growing Identify feeding needs Harvest and store edible flower appropriate to their needs Explore the different tastes of edible flowers within all types of food Apply edible flowers in many different techniques Cost: $200.00 per person (price includes lunch, morning tea, A4 Flower press and workshop materials) The A4 Flower Press Here at Basilea, we have designed and constructed for you an A4 flower press to help you get on your flower journey. This nifty press is included in the cost of the day, and we will go through how to use it correctly in order to get the best results. About your teacher, Sarah Heath “I’m dedicated to sharing the love of herbs and the many benefits they bring to your well-being.” - Sarah Heath Basilea Living Herb Farm is located in Burpengary, Queensland. Sarah's contact details are - E:basilea@live.com.au or Call 0413 241 576

Latest products

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Native aniseed myrtle leaves

A native Australian tree with aniseed flavoured leaves. Makes a delicious tea when leaves are soaked in water or can be added to cooking to provide a licorice like flavoured. Can be fired and powdered to increase the flavour and versatility of the ingredient.

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Native basil leaves

A fragrant native Australian herb that has a strong mix of flavours, reminiscent of sage thyme and basil. Makes a nice tea or an interesting addition to salads.

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Native bush mint bunch

Native bush mint is an Australian native alternative to mint. It has a mint like flavour with smaller leaves and is slightly peppery to taste. Makes a fanatic tea as well as replacement for mint in most dishes. Can also provide a rooted cutting of the plant if you are after a specimen to grow.

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Warrigal greens 200g

Bag of warrigal greens freshly harvested from the garden! Warrigal greens are a healthy Australian native that is an alternative to spinach. Blanch and use in salads, stir fries or baking. All our produce is spray free and grown with organic fertiliser only. Can also provide seedling of some of our plants - just ask and we can let you know.

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Seed Library

Are you keen to try something new? The Para Hills Community Hub seed library offers the opportunity for residents to access free plant seeds when available. The seeds are available to take home at no cost, the idea is that then when you grow your seeds you allow a plant to go to seed and return some into the library for our garden volunteers to sort and place back in the library. Perhaps you have excess of a certain seed , drop them in and share with your local community.

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Grow Free Cart

Take what you need, give what you can is the basics of the Grow Free Movement. We have a grow free cart located in the garden at Para Hills Community Hub. The cart can be accessed through the library during library open hours The Cart is a great place to find cuttings, potted plants, seeds, pots and other garden related materials.

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Raw organic bush honey

Raw organic bush blend homey. 3kg rich colour and flavour- with tea tree undertones. Sunshine Coast hinterland grown.

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Raw organic Bush Honey - Sunshine Coast 1.5kg

Sunshine grown - raw, organic bush blend honey. Rich in colour and flavour. Organic bush blend with tea tree undertones.

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Raw organic bush honey Sunshine Coast local 750g

Raw organic bush honey. A beautiful rich bush blend , with tea tree accents. Sunshine Coast product - raw, organic honey. 750g

$0.00 - SA, City of Salisbury

Grow Free Cart and Street Library

Our grow free cart and street library are located at the front entrance to Morella Community Centre, or inside the front foyer dependent on weather conditions. The grow free cart is available for members of the community to access free produce from the garden, seeds , cuttings and excess produce from community members. The street library allows members of the community to access free books , some donated from the City of Salisbury Libraries. Our carts are available during opening hours of the Centre

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BASILEA FARM OPEN DAY - SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 9am-1pm

Basilea Farm opens to the public for direct seedling sales on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Located at: 135 Hawthorn Rd, Burpengary Qld. A huge variety of spray-free seedlings, herbs & edible flowers. Excellent value with each pot containing many seedlings to plant out. Farmer and growing expert Sarah will be on-hand for selection assistance and to answer questions. Eftpos is available, and don't forget your carry bag or box to take plants home safely. Enjoy a stroll around our farm & learn new things. ALL WELCOME

$5.00 - Toongabbie, NSW

Jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichoke tubers ready for eating or growing. Despite being in heavy clay and waterlogged for much of this year, the Jerusalem artichokes have delivered well for us this year. Harvested over 60kg so far. They are a perennial sundflower, grow to +300cm and have a ginger like tuber. Die off at frost which is when cut them down. We store them in the ground as they don’t keep well. Can eat roasted, as soups, a little raw in salads. Very high in inulin, so take it slow if you have never eaten them before. Crippling flatulence may occur if eat too many or with beer/heart food. Have a few kg for sale. Pick up from Toongabbie in Sydney. Will be sell for $5 bag (about 10 tubers).

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