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  • Sunday, 4th May 2014 at 10am - 12pm
    Location: See our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/Bunburyurbangrowers/

    Thank you both for your interest in joining the Bunbury Urban Growers (BUG) group, which is now…

March Swap, Shuffle, Share

  • Sunday, 2nd March 2014 at 10am - 12pm
    Location: Jenoshua Organic Orchard, Lot 2, 303 Hurst Road, Boyanup

    Our host for the March BUG Swap, Shuffle, Share is Josh Berry and Jenni Marns of Jenoshua…

Feburary Swap, Shuffle, Share

  • Sunday, 2nd February 2014 at 9am - 12pm
    Location: 12 Green Way, Leschenault

    Our host for the Feburary BUG Swap, Shuffle, Share is Linda Cotterell.

    Our BUG…

October Swap, Shuffle, Share

  • Sunday, 6th October 2013 at 10am - 12pm
    Location: 33 Island Queen Street (cnr of Wright St), WITHERS, Bunbury

    The next BUG Swap, Shuffle, Share will be on Sunday October 6 at 10am at the home of Ellen…

The BUG Swap, Shuffle, Share

  • Sunday, 4th August 2013 at 10am
    Location: 9 Stanton Way, LESCHENAULT

    Please come along to our Swap, Shuffle, Share.  It is just another way for all of us fellow…

June 2013 BUG gathering

  • Saturday, 22nd June 2013 at 3pm - 5pm
    Location: 9 Cross Street, BUNBURY (oppsite the Anglican Cathedral)

    Please come along to our next BUG gathering to be held on Saturday June 22 (next Saturday) at…

Leschenault Community Nusery Open Day

  • Saturday, 4th May 2013 at 8:30am - 1:30pm
    Location: Johnston Rd, Bunbury (off Willinge Drive)

    The Leschenault Community Nursery (LCN) Open Day will include various activities and two guest…

BUG National Permaculture Day Open Garden (Sat May 4)

  • Saturday, 4th May 2013 at 2:30pm - 5pm
    Location: 35 Bremer Lane, BEELERUP 6239

    The Bunbury Urban Growers (BUG) group is pleased to invite you to their next free open day at…

    • 1 person attended

BUG Harvest Festival and New Gardening Year party (Sat, April 6)

  • Saturday, 6th April 2013 at 3pm
    Location: Jenoshua Organic Farm, Lot 2/303 Hurst Road, Boyanup

    Please help us welcome the start of another new BUG gardening year and join us for a cuppa at…

Open Garden, Workshop and BUG's Permaseed meeting

  • Saturday, 16th June 2012 at 2am - 4:30am
    Location: 18B Bryant Street Eaton

    Good Morning,

    You are invited to a free tour of a wonderfully productive small…

Tour of Yarri Springs

  • Saturday, 14th April 2012 at 2pm - 4pm

    Take the opportunity to have a guided tour of a beautiful Permaculture property near Balingup.…

Permaculture Guild Meeting

  • Sunday, 18th March 2012 at 2pm - 3:30pm
    Location: 9 Cross Street Bunbury

    We are looking to establish a network of permaculture practitioners and enthusiasts throughout…

Bio Vital Farms presented by Paul Taylor

  • Friday, 23rd March 2012 at TBD, Sunday, 25th March 2012 at TBD
    Location: Fair Harvest Margaret River

    Paul will take the mystery out of the complex sciences of soil and plant vitality and explains…

Permaculture Design Certificate

  • Sunday, 22nd April 2012 (all day), Sunday, 6th May 2012 (all day)

    Permaculture Design Certificate - Fair Harvest 426 Carters Road, Margaret River

Grow In Freo's Magical Mystery Garden Tour

  • Sunday, 29th April 2012 (all day)

    Grow in Freo

    Grow in Freo is a loose affiliation of community gardens and groups in the…

SW Transition Gathering 2012

  • Friday, 24th February 2012 at 4pm - 12pm Sunday, 26th February

    SW Transition Initiatives Gathering

    Networking for a sustainable South West

    All…

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  • Saturday, 21st January 2012 (all day)

    http ://www . fairharvest . com . au/jan-21st-organic-aquaponics/

    Grow fish for the…

December Meeting & Open Garden Celebration!

  • Saturday, 17th December 2011 at 2pm - 4pm
    Location: 48 Hakea Crescent, BUNBURY (please park in the Minninup Forum carpark just round the corner, about 200m away).

    December Meeting/Open Garden & Celebration!

    You are warmly invited to a free tour of…
    • 4 people attended

BUG take the mystry out of Gardening (Capel Gazette, Nov 2011)

Posted by Chris Carrier, Friday, 25th November 2011 @ 12:43pm

  • BUG take the mystery out of Gardening
    by
    Ingrid Rickersey


         Bunbury Urban Growers (BUG) is about people coming together as a community, about growing and sharing in a friendly and informal way, or permaculture in a more gentle way, according to Bunbury Urban Grower Chris Carrier. 
     

         BUG which started in Dalyellup just  over twelve months ago with an open garden in September last year, to which there was a large response has continued to grow, with now over ninety  people on their email contact list. 

         Originally started by Permaculturist Pierre Marx, the group has continued to flourish with Horticulturist Georgina Warden as Convenor and Faye Baudain and Chris Carrier as successful, keen gardeners and supporters of the group.  It’s a group which has created a network where people can get support and exchange garden ideas.

     
         BUG is about providing people with garden information and support, including companion planting. It extends beyond the garden and includes recycling and whatever else you do.
      
         BUG believe in the philosophy  of the survival of the fittest where self sown  plants often do better than carefully sown ones and if whatever they plant grows well that’s good and if it doesn’t also well and good.

          Chris says it’s nothing new. “It’s taking a concept and developing it in your own way with the less interference the better. It’s a holistic system, the whole of life itself, a very natural and spontaneous way and left alone will fare very well thank you very much” he says.

          Georgina and Faye said permaculture is about looking at the big picture. “Plants have multiple jobs and nowhere in nature is anything in isolation.” they agree.

         Georgina says if there are three benefits from having something in your garden then it’s worth having. For example chooks eat insects, provide you with eggs, turn over the ground, eat your food scraps and can be entertaining, so straight away there’s five good reasons for having chooks in your back yard,” she said.

        Faye and her family, whose home is on a 400m2 block, has over forty fruit trees, vegetable gardens, flower gardens and chooks. “If space is limited people can still grow some of their own produce, even if its tomatoes in a pot on a patio.” she said.

         While not entirely self sufficient yet the group supports local farmers and growers and believe in sharing with the community. If pulling out   plants they will offer them to others to give them a good home. They also support the idea of bartering such as swapping a  dozen eggs for some vegetables.
     
         The group agree that somehow over the years people have become disconnected from the earth and in so doing have created an imbalance in nature. “Research has shown that having your hands in soil increases the serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.” they said.
     
         If you would like to know when the garden open days are on or would like more information you can contact Georgina , Faye or Chris by email:

    georginawarden@bigpond.com
    baudains@e-wire.net.au

Back to Nature (Capel Gazette, Sept 2010)

Posted by Chris Carrier, Friday, 25th November 2011 @ 11:28am

  • Back to Nature
    by
    Ingrid Rickersey

    Try to imagine a 400m2 block (with a house on it) Then imagine this small plot of land with over 40 fruit trees, vegetable gardens and chooks. It sounds impossible right? In fact I had to see it myself to believe it. 

     
    As members of the Bunbury Urban Farmers group the Baudain family in Dalyellup have done just that, recently opening their property for an information afternoon on sustainable gardening in September, when 20 people attended.
     
    Bunbury Urban Farmers is a growing community of enthusiastic, productive gardeners, interested in working with nature for sustainable living. The group was started by permaculture expert, Pierre Marx, of Dalyellup, who says gardens are also farms, they’re just smaller versions.
     
    Raised garden beds, water saving wicker beds, grey water and recycling are all features of the Baudains’ garden.
     

    Everything is recycled, even the slater beetles which end up in the chook pen. Fay said they have very few snails, however  the slater beetles are the biggest pests. Fay has a system in place where the beetles are captured by placing inverted tins in the garden beds. The beetles, being attracted to the dark haven, congregate under the tins where they are collected and fed to the chooks in true recycling style.

     
    An old sink, standing over a bucket,  collects rainwater which is then used to wash the vegetables, before using it to water the garden.

    Permaculture is basically a design system aimed at connecting humans with nature, in a harmonious integration of landscape and people; providing their food, energy and shelter in a sustainable way.
     

    “The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature,” Pierre Marx said. “Don’t force nature—nature will tell you what will work and what won’t work; and never be afraid to experiment”, he said.

     
    For more information on permaculture and sustainable gardening ideas contact Pierrre Marx by phone:

    0432 937 648  or email:


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