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Sunflower House
Sunflower House
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Gold Coast, Queensland, AU
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Adrian King Bron(wyn) Elliott Cameron Allen Chris  Partridge Doris Pozzi EBRU VURAL Eden Gal Elena Parmiggiani George Debs John Oberlin Lee Flower Leita Lord Luke Reade Mar Barak Michelle Stephenson Rae Fuller Richard Telford Stephanie Ladwig-Cooper Wini Beanland
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Sunflower House

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The conversion of a typical suburban house block,toward a more sustainable outlook.Perennial gardens,converted swimming pool,food forest,community hub.

Project Description

This was a typical suburban house,over the last 4 years my partner and I have transitioned the property towards more sustainable outcomes.We have an emerging food forest(paw paw,mango,biriba,sapote,pepino, Banana with the major support species of pigeon pea,crotolaria ,calliandra,it also contains moringa and bamboo.

We have mixed perennial gardens,with the focus on Taro,Cassava as the main staples.

We have a converted swimming pool that provides fish and food,kang kong,water chestnuts.Fish species are  Silver Perch and local natives.The Aquaculture system revolves around a "living" bio filter which consists of several species of reeds,water hyacinth and azzola all of which provide compost for the gardens.

We also have 2 chickens who are hard working members of the family.

We have often hosted visiting groups and Interns from the Permaculture research Institute,Northey Street city farm,Permablitz and Griffith University.

We return the surplus by donating at least 10% of our spare time to community projects such as schools and community gardens.We also hold workshops and donate the proceeds to permaculture projects.We are always happy to provide cuttings of our plants free of charge to those interested in eating nutrient dense, climactic appropriate food.

The house is also a hub for community groups such as Ashmore community gardens,Gold Coast permaculture.


Swimming pool to swimming pond.

This is the journey of our swimming pool,from a sad resource sucking pool of polluted water,to a heavily stacked resource rich habitat.

Posted over 13 years ago (3 comments)

The old front yard.

The old front yard was pretty uninspiring,the new one made us new friends and supplied a great deal of food and endless hours of happy gardening.

Posted over 13 years ago (1 comments)
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