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    Garden Insights - Permaculture Design for Pioneer Gardens

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    Garden Insights + Share Table

    Garden Insights: Permaculture Design for Pioneer Gardens

    presented by Doreen Jachmann, Nourished Landscapes

    in the new garden of Joel Bolitho

    Sunday 7 July 2024

    2.00 pm - 4.30 pm

    6 Pioneer Way, Gowrie Junction, Q 4352 

    This event is organised by Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

    Bookings are Essential

    Bookings are essential so that we have contact details and know how many will be attending.

    What We'll Do

    We’ll start at 2.00 pm with a welcome and introduction. We like to visit a range of different gardens, each as unique as the gardeners who live there. It’s wonderful to see the diverse garden styles, approaches, and plants that can be grown in our bioregion.

    This month will be something special!  

    We'll visit Pioneer Gardens, a 1 acre blank canvas at Gowrie Junction owned by Joel Bolitho. Doreen Jachmann of Nourished Landscapes will be visiting for a Property Consultation earlier that day and will then present the outcomes of her consultation during a Q&A for our Garden Insights visit.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about element placement and interconnectedness of elements in permaculture design from an expert.

    What We'll See

      A blank canvas!!!
      Joel is following Linda Woodrow's The Permaculture Home Garden book. He has started this process by building a chook dome, and applying as much organic matter as possible. There are pumpkins and pigeon pea growing at this stage. They have been exchanging eggs for kitchen scraps to feed the chooks and soil.

      The Story Behind the Garden

      A few words from Joel:

      We're a young family, Toowoomba born and bred, new to one acre of land with some massive gardening goals! 

      1. to supply fresh fruit and veg to ourselves and other local families using permaculture principles. 
      2. to supply local cafes and restaurants. 

      We wish to document the progress to share wins and losses of gardening knowledge and growth. Plus interact with the public to learn and share. We look forwards to being a part of a growing and healthy community. So follow along, reach out and say G'day!

      My plan is to be a very active contributor of goods to this group and the community. The reason for this event is to kick start this journey which requires some capital investment. I plan to have a few fund-raising things on the go.  If people could be prepared to contribute, that would be amazing.

      Pioneer Gardens

      What We'll Learn

      Element Placement and Interconnectedness of Elements in Permaculture Design

      presented by Doreen Jachmann, Nourished Landscapes

      Doreen will present:

        • The outcome of the property consultation
        • Zones of a property
        • How to place elements according to zones
        • Interconnection of elements
        • Q&As from attendees

        A Special Offer from Doreen 

        Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. members receive $50 off a consultation, and if a minimum of two people book a consultation on the same day there is no travel charge.

        Property Consultation - for homesteading self sufficiency, suburban/urban /large farm, disaster preparedness

        • Client interview - assessing the property and identifying if it matches the clients vision and context. 
        • Sector analysis - Summer/Winter sun availability, water, fire hazard, neighbouring issues, prevailing winds, flooding etc.
        • Limitations of the site
        • Soil fertility
        • Best element placement, such as kitchen garden, food forest, composting area etc. to match the clients needs and wants with the potential of the property.
        • Recommendation of the best grow method for the clients context and the capabilities of the land.How much water is required, best water storage options for the site and budget
        • Plant recommendations
        • Maximising water harvesting potential of the land and structures - Waterscaping
        Nourished Landscapes
        Improved Landscape
        Plant Palette

        Afternoon Tea (provided)

        A light afternoon tea will be provided (including Gluten Free and Vegan options).

        What to Bring

        • Chair
        • Water Bottle
        • Sun protection
        • Clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor weather conditions
        • Donations of surplus produce for the Share Table

        Share Table

        Do you have surplus?

        We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, and resources to share with others at our events.

        Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, mealworms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

        Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing


        Pioneer Way is in Gowrie Junction, 'Highfield Ridge' estate. 'Highfield Ridge' Estate is 20min North West of Toowoomba, following Old Goombungee Road, onto Rody Bourke Road.

        Street parking.


        Street Parking.


        The ground is uneven but there is some accessibility for strollers, walking frames & wheelchairs.  There will be a litter of 6-week old puppies outside.

        Everyone is welcome including children with close adult supervision for their safety.

        We hope we see you there!


        • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. - Free
        • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event - Free
        • Non-Members - $10 per person
        • Children attending with an Adult - Free (but please book so we know the total numbers)


        Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due by 31 December each year. It's only $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.  

        If you join now, membership is valid for until the end of 2024

        Members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost. You can pay your membership at checkout when you book to attend this event.

        Please complete a Membership form which will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at

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