Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 3 - page 26

Gardening together
Growing your own is becoming an increasingly
communal activity. Here are some of the places
you can join in.
Northey Street City Farm
, corner Northey
and Victoria Streets, Windsor, is Brisbane’s
oldest community garden and in April
celebrates 20 years since it began. Today it’s
a thriving enterprise of sustainable living
workshops, farm tours and Sunday market stalls
which sell certified organic produce. Volunteer
or hire an allotment and learn to grow your
own organic food. See
Graceville Community Garden
, corner
Waratah Avenue and Cordalba Street, Graceville
has weekly working bees every Sunday from
7am-9am. Find out more about activities at
Bethania Community Garden
, Cox
Park, 38 Bethania Street, Lota is operated
by volunteers and hosts regular working
bees and workshops (such as how to make a
worm farm, grow a vegie garden). See
Vera Street Garden
holds its working
bees on the fourth Sunday each month at
the grounds within the Queensland Science,
Mathematics and technology Academy, West
Toowong. Volunteers participate in organic
gardening and creek rehabilitation. See
The Inspiration Garden
at 118
Blackwood Avenue, Morningside hosts
regular workshops with tips on topics such as
planting edible autumn crops (March), edible
perennials, composting or starting a garden
bed from scratch (all May) and more. See
Jane Street Community Garden
, 103 Jane
Street, West End is also well-established and
has working bees on Thursday and Saturday
mornings from 9am, where you can volunteer
to help tend more than 200-300 varieties of
edible plants as well as butterfly and insect
attracting plants. Or rent a plot and grow your
own. See
ack Stone is creating a buzz around the inner
city as a champion of the humble honey bee.
As well as making delicious honey, hard-
working bees pollinate at least a third of the world’s
food supply including hundreds of fruits, vegetables,
nuts and seeds but their numbers are dwindling
rapidly due to pesticides and urban sprawl.
While actor-turned-environmentalist Isabella
Rossellini makes quirky short films about their
plight to raise public awareness (see story page
30) Stone is on a mission to restore the balance
with rooftop hives across Brisbane. Rossellini’s
key message is to start buying local honey and
Stone is providing exactly that.
While Bee One Third set up its first rooftop
apiary above 15 James Street a little over a year ago,
in the last five months it has produced more than
130kg of local honey with another 120kg ready for
harvest and soon to be available at Scrumptious
Reads (at 19 James Street). Bee One Third’s
Neighbourhood Honey is also on the menu at
Business in chicks
Ingrid Dimock also supplies bee hive kits (as well as mushroom kits, cheesemaking
kits and insect kits) from her farm and shop at Anstead but chooks are her specialty
and she’s increased her shop hours to cope with demand. Since she started City
Chicks, Dimock has helped more than 15,000 families across Australia (there are now
franchises in Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast) raise happy chicks of their
own – and more people are following suit. According to Dimock as long as you have six
square metres of grass you can raise a chick. According to Brisbane City Council rules
you can have up to six chickens on an 800-square-metre plot. Depending on the type
of chicks, they can be laying eggs within weeks and producing between 100 and 300
eggs a year. Dimock even offers a rental scheme so you can try before you buy.
47 Chalcot Road, Anstead. Shop open Monday to Friday 10am-12pm; Saturday and
Sunday 9am-12pm. For information see
Tinderbox and Gerards Bistro in the precinct,
Urbane and Euro in the city, Merriweather Café,
South Brisbane and Scout Café on Petrie Terrace.
But even more importantly the apiary has
introduced 180,000 new pollinators to the local
area and more than half a million flowers a day
benefit from their pollination, helping more
gardens to thrive. For example, Stone has heard
reports of avocado trees bearing fruit for the first
time in a decade in nearby Bowen Hills.
But Bee One Third is all about sharing – and
it hosts bee education talks, workshops and
honey tastings as well.
Other venues inspired to start their own
rooftop hives under Bee One Third’s guidance
include Traders Hotel, Roma Street Transit
Centre; Mandalay Technologies, Merivale
Street, South Brisbane; Meat@Billy’s butcher,
Ashgrove and Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge.
And others can do it too, through their ‘hive
and honey’ initiative. Bee One Third will install
and maintain hives on your rooftop or in the
backyard for an annual fee and you enjoy a
percentage of the spoils – the honey. See
The humble honey bee is under threat and we’re in
trouble because without their pollination we
could lose up to 65 per cent of our food supply
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