Note: Only the garden is open to the general public.
Real sustainability means growing your own food. It saves millions of litres of water used to grow crops and reduces the use of fossil fuels, which otherwise power the farming machinery, transport and cold storage of food.
Located on a steep hill, the Moss House garden is an example of a 12-years-old vibrant, sustainable permaculture property, designed with the primary goal to provide the owners with food and medicinal plants.
Annual vegetables are grown in 11 raised beds (eight of them are self-watering wicking beds) and the produce is either eaten fresh or preserved in various ways for storage. Nearly 30 fruit trees and many perennial vegetables are mixed with flowering plants, attracting beneficial insects and creating a rich and colourful ecosystem, which includes also two beehives of native stingless bees and a flock of five egg-laying hens.
Rainwater is harvested from the roof of the house and two other structures in the garden (total storage 15,000L) with main tanks feeding garden taps, laundry and the second toilet. Surface water runoff is captured using swales, mulch and a composting pit.
Nothing ever leaves the garden; all non-edible materials collected from it are composted (in bays, bins and worm farms), mulched or used to build plant supports.
You will have an opportunity to see elements of permaculture garden design in action and to taste some of the produce grown on the site.
The 1938 double-brick house (not open to the public) is partially retrofitted.
Electricity is provided by the grid and by 1.5 kW solar panels. Eaves, window awnings and shutters protect interiors from the sun in summer. In winter, the house is heated by two slow combustion wood heaters (firewood is foraged locally).
Moss House have classes and speakers throughout the year.
10:00 – Garden OPENS
10:00-10:30 – Crop Swap Australia – Sydney meetup
10:30-11:00 – guided garden tour
11:30-12:00 – “Fermenting Vegetables 101” – talk and demo on basic vegetable fermenting methods by Moss House
12:30-13:00 – guided garden tour
14:00-14:30 – guided garden tour
15:00-15:30 – guided garden tour
16:00 – Garden CLOSES