Pobblebonk Farm Visit April 2012

On Saturday 28th April a large contingent (30+ people!) turned up at ‘Pobblebonk Farm’ in Lamplough to see how Martin and Pam have transformed an over-grazed, hard, bare hillside into a permaculture paradise.

Have a look at the photos here. Thanks to Tiffany Titshall for providing these shots.

Thanks to all those who attended and everyone who brought food to share so we could have a light lunch while meeting and chatting with one another.

After lunch, Martin ascended his outdoor wood oven to begin the tour with some of his poetry, encapsulating the artistry with which a variety of natural elements interact to grow his prolific garden.  As the tour proceeded, Martin outlined with poetry and explanations, by taking questions and through demonstrations, how he sees nearly every thing in the garden as an asset.  The weeds demonstrate the capability or deficiency of the soil, as well as mining minerals and nutrients that, through composting, can become sources of goodness to provide for future growth.

Everywhere we looked there was inspiration – large compost heaps that need no turning as they are inoculated with fungi which will move through the heap gradually turning it into rich humus; worm farms running on a combination of soil from the duck-house and kitchen scraps, or on wattle prunings and cow manure; an example of how the environmental flows of water down the hillside can be slowed with tonnes of rock to provide an underground reservoir for the garden and a home for yet more worms; examples of the interactions of plants to form micro-environments and exist in symbiotic relationships.

At the completion of the tour, Pam invited us to return again in the spring-time, when “Pobblebonk is really singing” in harmony with nature.  I’m sure there are many of us who are looking forward to a return visit.

Meanwhile, we can catch up with Martin at the Talbot Farmers Market on the third Sunday of each month where he sells his Bionomic Earth, worms, seeds and other bounty from Pobblebonk.