Our adventure with permaculture started a few years ago when we first laid our eyes on the block of land which became our home and paradise. After lots of research and inspired by some of the food forests and permaculture pioneers like Masanobu Fukuoka and Bill Mollison we were ready for the new adventure.

As soon as we moved in, our first goal was a low maintenance garden and so we started to create our very first food forest.  A food forest is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production strategy incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and vegetables. Healthy and established food forest doesn’t require weeding or fertilizer. Growing food is a long-term investment in your own health with edible rewards and can be achieved even in the smallest place.

We are strong believers that healthy food comes from healthy ingredients. Food is a very important part of our life and we are what we eat. There are so many perennial vegetables which can be grown without special care or lots of knowledge. What can be better than going to the backyard and grab some fresh greens for the sandwich before work or for dinner?

Especially here on the Fraser Coast with our subtropical climate it is an easily achievable way to have more than enough food for your own family and the surplus can be shared or swapped locally.

There are already many food swap groups around Australia and in many other countries around the world so why not in Howard on the Fraser Coast? It is also a great way to meet like-minded locals, with sharing tips and tricks of how and what to grow. After setting up a Facebook group, sharing it around in the local social media and spreading the word, it didn’t take long till the first meet up was set up. We meet monthly in Howard which is just about 30 minutes drive from Hervey Bay and Maryborough. There is no restrictions of what you can swap as long as it comes from your garden, backyard or its home made like preserves, cakes or other home made goodies. Come along and join us even if you don’t have anything to swap yet. Everyone is welcome!

Join the local swap group at:
www.facebook.com/groups/gardenfoodswaphoward

Subscribe to Ewas and Sebs youtube channel or blog for info about growing food and more at:
www.youtube.com/c/FoodForestCookery or www.foodforestcookery.com

Ewa and Seb’s gardening background:
Both Ewa and Seb grew up helping grandparents and parents in the family garden. Ewa has a certificate in Food as Medicine from the Monash University. Ewa and Sebastian have a Certificate of Achievement in Permaculture Basics from the Regenerative Leadership Institute and they are both on the way to become Certified Permaculture Designers in the very near future.  They have created a blog and YouTube channel where they share their own life story of growing food, sharing recipes and inspiring people to grow healthy food and create sustainable lifestyle.

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