What’s a major trend that’s quietly sweeping the world – backyard by backyard? Organic gardening – and it’s alive and very well in the Redlands.
Food production is part of the Redland City’s DNA and, while most market gardens and farms sadly have disappeared under dense urban sprawl, there’s a quiet revolution going on in people’s backyards.
There’s a surge of interest in community organisations like the Redland Organic Growers Inc (ROGI) from locals who want to learn how to successfully grow their own vegetables and fruit chemical-free.
Bucking the trend of shrinking community groups, ROGI has increased its membership by over 50% in the past year with membership now nudging 200 – and growing.
Says Jill Nixon, ROGI president, “We’ve matched club activities to what the community wants, no matter their gardening skills. At our monthly meetings we have guest speakers as well as our own local garden gurus. We also have private garden visits to members’ backyards, which are an inspirational eye-opener to many. Plus there are hands-on workshops as well as field trips to organic growing destinations several times a year.”
Whether keen teenagers, busy young parents or baby boomers, hundreds of Redland residents are joining the organic revolution as they realise the health and well-being benefits in ‘home grown’.
You can grow your own whatever the size of your plot. Even people with very small spaces can successfully raise tasty herbs and other vegetables and fruit in boxes and pots.
Monthly meetings are the second Wednesday in the month at Salvation Army Church, on the corner of McDonald Rd and Macarthur St, Alexandra Hills at 6.15 pm and visitors are always welcome ($5 entry). The next one is 9th September.
Oaklands Street Community Garden Open Day
ROGI’s next public appearance will be at the Oaklands Street Community Garden 10th Anniversary Open Day, Alexandra Hills, on Sunday 13th September from 10 am to 4 pm.