Our Working Bee this month was attended by ten people (or was it eleven?) and next time you visit you will immediately see the results.
A lovely new herb garden has been planted just behind the Farmgate Stall and the surrounding areas now look as neat as a pin, thanks to the group of "gardening" volunteers.
New plants in the blank spots beside the carpark are also looking hopefully up at the sunshine. And the packing shed has had a new lease of life, with all that "stuff" that's been collecting over the past year being cleared out, and everything dusted, tidied and cleaned - thanks to the group of "housework" volunteers!
We are a community group of dedicated volunteers who run the Tucker Patch in Gloucester, and we would be delighted to welcome you to see our work here.
You will see a unique example of a demonstration garden which champions the spread of local sustainable agriculture. You will be amazed to see how we have converted a barren, underutilised area into productive agricultural land without using any chemical sprays or fertilisers.
Here, we trial small and large-scale crops as a model for sustainability. You will see a large market garden that is farmed by one of our members, producing a variety of award-winning crops using organic methods; you will see a small plot where local students are trained in horticultural methods; you will see a beautiful permaculture-style food forest with everything from fruit trees down through climbing and bush vegetables to creeping ground crops; and you will see small gardens that demonstrate how you can produce a remarkable quantity of high quality veggies in your own back yard.
Our visitors are particularly delighted by our surrounds – our gardens have beautiful views over the Gloucester valley, and you can sit in our lovely cottage garden by the fountain and enjoy the clear air and the sounds of our delightful family of grey-crowned babblers, a threatened species of bird which inhabits the small area of bushland within our perimeter.
If you come to our Farmgate on a Friday morning, you will also be able to purchase some of our wonderful produce, or try out the local organic honeys, nuts, preserves, jams and eggs which local farmers bring to our farm gate, or even sit down in the cottage garden and enjoy a cup of tea.