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Border Landcare Organic Group   (BLOG)

The Border Landcare Organic Group was formed during the winter of 2002.
Every month members meet either at the home of one of the members for activities such as a farm walk, group discussions, interesting speakers, working bees, or we may go on a bus trip to places further afield.
These are generally held on the fourth Saturday of the month, and start at 10am EST.
Talk or activity starts at 11am sharp with lunch about 12.30pm.
Bring lunch to share, cup/glass/plates etc and a seat.
Don’t forget your hat!  If unsure of directions, ring one of the contacts listed below.
Information on Membership and Membership Form (PDF – 174KB).

BLOG membership for the 2015 to 2016 financial year expired on 30 June 2016 and will totally finish on 30 September 2016 at the latest. Renewal fees for the current 2016 to 2017 year are as follows-

$15 single or $20 per couple or family- and can be paid at the next outing.

To pay see Rex

or pay at Granite Borders Landcare Office, Martin Street Tenterfield

or mail to BLOG, PO Box 400 Tenterfield, NSW, 2372.

Email BLOG 


Border Landcare Organic Group –Activity Guide for June-November 2018 (as at 25-05-18-subject to change)


Activities start with Morning Tea at 10am EST or 11am Daylight Saving Time unless otherwise advised. 10.30–11am BLOG business, ‘housekeeping’ etc.  Talk starts at 11am sharp with lunch about 12.30pm.  Remember to bring a hat, a chair and a plate to share (either morning tea or lunch) as well as a cup, plate & cutlery. If unsure of directions etc., ring one of the contacts listed below. Visitors are welcome to all events.


Saturday 23 June – Living Relations.


Jonathan Yogesh will be the presenter. Jonathan is a locally based psychotherapist who along with his wife Radha Cohen has a practice in Stanthorpe called Living Relations.
Jonathon will outline the work of Living Relations addressing Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationship Coaching, and Mental Health Challenges.


Saturday 21 July Farm Visit

Where– Thorndale

Rick and Mary welcome us to their property-a former orchard that they are transforming into a productive farm. Its 3 years since they moved from Brisbane and already the operation is delivering a positive cash flow based on commercial hydroponic parsley sold into Brisbane, mixed veggies (hydroponic and in the ground) as well as pears and pomegranates which are sold locally.


Saturday 25 August-Wicking Bins


Rex and Christine are our hosts for the day where Rex will share his knowledge of   a unique way to grow vegetables using Wicking Bins which are self-contained raised beds with a built-in reservoir.


Saturday 22 September-Compost


September sees us at Glen and Mary’s place where Glen will show us his innovative 3 stage composting system that he uses to make nutrient- rich compost for his garden and lawns.


Saturday 27 October-Farm Visit Cancelled due to drought


We are returning to Symara Organic Farm – a small family farm growing a large and constantly changing selection of vegetables, herbs and fruit.  The farm is owned and operated by Ray and Samantha Palmer who are passionate about growing good food.


Saturday 24 November-Farm visit


Our hosts at Arajay Downs, Rhonda and Dave Fowler, will show us their mixed farm operation-pigs, sheep and heritage poultry- on their picturesque property 10 kms from Tenterfield. After a farm walk we will have the opportunity to experience a beautiful Paddock to Plate Lunch cooked by Rhonda using produce from the farm.

Steering Group Meetings

These are usually held on the third Thursday of the month prior to the outing.  If you want something put on the agenda come to the meeting or ring one of the contacts listed below. Ideas for future outings and activities are welcomed.

Bring and Buy

This stall is held on all BLOG days. Any donations of surplus produce, seedlings, jams etc. are sold at a very reasonable price to raise money for worthy charities involved with food production.


Ring for information on updates, activities or directions:

Rex & Christine Maddocks    02 6736 4259

Anne & Kevin Jones                07 4685 3379

Mary Baillie & Glen French   07 4681 4662



As we had  to postpone the planned visit to Symara Farm  until next year due to the drought we are returning to a favourite venue for our October outing-Stanthorpe Whistle Stop Community Garden for a Spring Bonanza.Spring is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be a gardener and we have lined up a group of speakers to share knowledge relevant to Spring. Topics covered include-sowing seeds,raising seedlings,propagating from cuttings,growing medicinal herbs and preparing the soil for planting.
When: Saturday 27th October
Where: Stanthorpe Community Garden.Entry is from Tyrel Street on the eastern side if the Davadi Street gate is closed.
Starting time: 10 am QUEENSLAND TIME
Lunch around 12.30
The day is free and all visitors are welcome.
Bring lunch to share that reflects your wholesome gardening and cooking skills-tea and coffee supplied.
Please remember to bring your own cup,plate and eating utensils and chair-there is no spare seating available.

More Information
Rex and Christine
02 67364259

See Rex on the day or we now have the option to pay via electronic transfer to Granite Borders Landcare
Please use your surname and initial as a reference
The Bank account details are as follows:-
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Branch – Tenterfield
Name – Granite Borders Landcare Committee Inc – Organic Group
BSB – 062605
Account # – 10075572

Introduction to BLOG website.
Throughout the website words or phrases that are the colour blue mean that if you click on them you will be taken to the relevant page or reference or email address. An example of this is if you clicked ‘BLOG’, you could send an email to the BLOG website coordinator.
The BLOG website has many different pages with information about the different activities enjoyed by BLOG members.
Other pages on the website include
Previous Activities     An archive of activities that BLOG has run over the past years,
Resource List             Local suppliers of local organic products and services.
Fact Sheets                various fact sheets dealing with organics, landcare, biodynamics and other similar topics.
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