Care of the earth, care of people and fare share – these are the ethics permaculture is founded on and what attracted President of Permaculture Townsville David Bullimore to this way of healthy living.
“Following permaculture principles, I’m educated about organic gardening and sustainable living. Growing your own food without harmful chemicals results in fewer burdens on your body and the environment,” David says.
“The Permaculture Townsville garden plot at the community garden in Railway Estate is a work in progress. We have some well-established trees, like star apple, moringa and some edible plants like bethal leaf, sweet leaf, sambung and many more. We also have a covered area made from an old trampoline frame and shade cloth, and a worm farm made using an old bathtub.
“Eventually we’d like to display many different types of permaculture gardening, such as different ways of composting and mulching and various types of garden beds and growing styles.”
Permaculture Townsville meets on the first Sunday of the month from 2 to 4pm at the Townsville Community Garden in Railway Estate (Robertson Street via Pascoe Street). All who want to find out more about permaculture are welcome to come along as a visitor for the first two meetings before being asked to become a member.
“I feel if we eat well we are on the path for longevity,” David says. “Whether you live in an apartment or on acreage you can grow some edible plants, such as herbs, leafy greens, tomatoes, capsicums and carrots, which will all grow in pots.”
“Growing your own food without harmful chemicals results in fewer burdens on your body and the environment.”
David has two small businesses that interlink with permaculture –s Dave’s Organic Garden Products and Dry Tropics Edible Gardens. His organic garden products include compost worms, silica and potash, potting mix, slow-release fertiliser and many more, while his other business provides design and construction of edible gardens for the dry tropics.
“What excites me about permaculture is that there’s always something new to learn,” David says. “When I eat food I’ve grown, I feel a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment because I’ve grown something that’s fresh and chemical-free. It’s also satisfying to think that things like building materials and organic matter are being recycled instead of dumped.”