Resources

Of course, in this world it is not about what you know, but about who you know. The following people and organisations have been helpful somewhere along the journey.

Agrisolutions

  • www.agriculturalsolutions.com.au
  • Products, solutions and a lot of information for supporting sustainable agriculture. Speak to Gerhard Grasser, he is passionate about what he does, and he knows a lot! Not shy to share his rich knowledge either. Good service, fair prices.

Beach Tree Nursery

  • www.beachtreenursery.com.au
  • Small but very well stocked nursery on the way to Torquay. Great source of bush tucker (and many other) plants – all in very good condition. Speak to Jane, Fiona, Trish or Sam – they all know their stuff. They can also source particular plants you may be looking for.

Bells Beach (Organic) Nursery

  • www.bellsbeachnursery.com.au
  • Speak to Brian or his son David for good advice and great friendly service. These guys can source whatever you want on the surf coast.

Biodynamic Agriculture Australia

  • www.biodynamics.net.au
  • Very good service, good advice, good biodynamic products. They go the extra mile to ensure their products are shipped the best and most economical way. They publish a quarterly newsletter called News Leaf, packed with information, case studies and stories.

Breakwater Metaland

  • www.breakwatermetaland.com.au
  • Supplier of galvanised pipes and fittings, also castors, wheels, tow bars, etc. Good advice, good service, spot-on delivery too.

Chris Whitworth (graphic designer)

Country Link Rural Supplies

  • www.clinklara.com.au
  • Great rural hardware store in Lara. Very helpful service, good pricing and excellent service. A little gem!

Diggers Club

  • www.diggers.com.au
  • Great source of organically grown and heritage seeds and seedlings. From time to time they good informative workshops too.

Eden Seeds

  • www.edenseeds.com.au
  • Great on-line source of organic and heirloom seeds. We found varieties here that we couldn’t find anywhere else. Amazingly efficient service with very quick turn-around times. Out of their own accord they combined my and Patricia’s separate orders to save us postage.

Elcho Garden Supplies

  • www.elchogardensupplies.com.au
  • Great source of the freshest, moist organic mushroom compost. Real quick delivery too. Lots other services like landscaping materials, skip hire, etc.

Haverford

  • www.haverford.com.au
  • Excellent supplier of everything net-related. Nets, zippers, clasps, etc. I talked to Mark. Great friendly service, customised to your needs – they don’t just sell the pre-packaged units. Very quick turn-around on orders.

Jochum Family Maintenance

  • www.jfm.net.au
  • Great father & sons family business that does about everything well – painting, woodwork, construction, bathroom renovation, the works. Amongst many other things, they installed beautiful permanent bird nets for us.

Kerr’s Hire

  • www.kerrshire.com.au
  • Any tool or equipment you need – good service, good advice and fair prices too.

Lifeway Christian Church – Lara

  • www.lifeway.org.au
  • Speak to pastor Rob Chaney – he really takes a personal interest. He’s a masterchef too, I’m told. Beautiful family. Sarah manages The Little Teapot Café and Play – beautiful community-focused café tailored for young moms with kids.

Lou’s bloomin’ garden

Mal Heppel – DMS Landscapes

  • Landscape designer / engineer at DMS Landscapes
  • Arguably the most talented landscape designer and engineer we’ve ever worked with. Good eye for shape, form, colour and natural fit, with great ideas and amazing creativity. Hands-on, climbs in and gets the job done beautifully. Great family man.

McKay Grass Seeds

  • www.mckaysgrassseeds.com.au
  • Good source for a large variety of grass and clover seeds in medium to large shipments. Very efficient service with quick turn-around times.

Otway Indigenous Nursery

  • www.otwaysindigenousnursery.com.au
  • Speak to Nick Day the owner of the nursery – nothing about local plants and their growth habbits and roles in the garden that Nick doesn’t know about! Nice guy, very helpful, stoked surfer too.

Pest-Away Australia

  • www.pestawayaust.com.au
  • Supplier of permanent bird nets – good service, good pricing, excellent turn-around on orders. Speak to Trevor – he makes sure you get what you need and he ensures the best and fastest and cheapest way to get it to you. Good quality strong flawless nets.

Pete the Permie – Telopea Nursery

  • Horticulturist / tree supplier at Telopea Nursery
  • Nothing about fruit trees this guy doesn’t know. From root stock, to climate suitability to seasonal influences. Amazing stock of heritage fruit and nut trees.

Philip Sedgman – Living Water Flowforms

Plant Inspirations

  • www.plantinspirations.com.au
  • Massive online retail plant nursery, with a huge variety of native plants. We got plants here we couldn’t get anywhere else. Some really good deals on tube stock plants. Friendly, well-informed, good service – with very decent shipping rates, especially for larger orders.

Rex Bennett – Ascot Splicing & Supplies

  • ascotsplicing.com.au
  • For anything rope-related, Rex is your man – ladders, nets, climbing ropes, the works. Great service too. Aussie master cricketer.

Solair Group

  • www.solairgroup.com.au
  • Experts in agriculture, aquaculture and water quality management – suppliers of equipment and solutions that provide healthy water quality in ponds, lakes and dams. We received amazing after-sales service from Jordan, where they assisted us with trouble-shooting and providing replacement pumps until our solution worked 100%

Tank Management Services

  • www.tankmanagement.com.au
  • Suppliers of a large range of tanks and spray equipment. Good products, good service and fast delivery times.

The Mulch Centre (Geelong)

  • www.themulchcentre.com.au
  • Great mulch, great topsoil. Quick delivery. Speak to Lee-Ann, she’ll set you right. Shaun maneuvers the trucks and delivers whatever you need into the most awkward places with a smile – precision engineer, he hasn’t come close to bumping a single plant in a hundred difficult drop-offs; stoked long-boarder too.
  • We recently featured very nicely on their Facebook feed!

TimberZoo

  • www.timberzoo.com.au
  • Amazing collection of recycled wood – great for landscaping, furniture, you can build a beach house from all this stuff!

Water Quality Solutions
previously known as Clearwater Lakes and Ponds

  • www.cwlp.com.au
  • Nothing about managing natural and grey water that Scott Tucker and his team doesn’t know – from swimming pools and small ponds to great lakes. Great service and after-sales service. Not shy to give good advice either. We recently got some Silver Perch through them too.

Wayne Barry – Treecycle Tree Services

  • www.treecycle.com.au
  • Very efficient tree surgeon, removal, mulching. Fair rates. Wayne really knows his trees.

WellSpring Wesleyan Methodist Church

William Horvath – Permaculture Apprentice

 

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