Come spend the day at TRACTION in Alexandra hills for this fundraiser workshop as we join Michael Wardle, as we look at and explore the Permaculture Potager. This workshop is a fundraiser for TRACTION.
A vegetable garden in France is named a potager which comes from potage, which is vegetable soup. The vegetable patch has often been a part of the garden separated from the rest and treated like a small farm field— ploughed (or rototilled), planted for the season in rows, and then left fallow. The potager is, first of all, a permanent garden— decorative, cultivated by hand methods, integrating shrubs, trees, paths, and herbs, vegetables, and flowers. These types gardens, though they are often considered a new development, have in fact been the typical type of garden in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, North Africa, Persia, and many other places for a very long time—the Middle Ages in Europe, and as much as four thousand years in Persia and North Africa.
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—flowers, vegetables, herbs, privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables, decorative design—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year.
TRACTION engages local communities and serves those most in need by providing a safe, inclusive, action-based environment where vulnerable youth build self-esteem, find a sense of belonging, discover their potential and create their own future. TRACTION partners with referral agencies, such as schools, community organisations, child safety and youth justice agencies, to empower young people in need.
Our workshop at Alexandra Hills sits on an abundance of land that is largely under-utilised. We will be working closely with the Minifarm Project to fill pockets of land within the space with productive food gardens and bush tucker plants. The produce from our ‘minifarm’ will be collected by organisations that distribute to charities across Brisbane. It is our intention to increase learning opportunities for our young people and the wider community by holding workshops such as this which Michael has so kindly offered up as a fundraiser for TRACTION.
Snacks, tea & coffee provided, BYO lunch, hat and refillable water bottle