About Urban Shepherd

Paul Gale-Baker at the 2014 Australasian Permaculture Convergence

Paul at the 2014 Australasian Permaculture Convergence

Connecting with our Food

We live in an age where we are increasingly disconnected from the food we eat. Children often grow up believing that our food – vegetables, fruit and meat – comes from the supermarket.

Paul believes it is important to change that. Conventional food often travels great distances and uses lage quantities of water as well as fertiliser and pesticides. This is not a healthy or sustainable way to produce our food.

All of us can improve the quality of our lives by connecting more closely with the food we eat.

Permaculture Design

Paul heads up Urban Shepherd. He is passionate about growing vegetables and fruit at home. Paul is a certified Permaculture Designer with over 40 years experience gardening at home and as a nursery apprentice.

Permaculture design informs the edible garden work he does. A permaculture approach means thinking wholistically about our edible garden and the way we place and integrate a variety of elements in our garden. It extends beyond the food we eat, to the way we live our lives and our relationship to others and ourselves.

He has grown vegetables and fruit most of his life. He has raised ducks, chickens and geese and kept and milked goats.

While he has also had professional careers involving working indoors – as a teacher and counsellor – he has never lost his pleasure in time spent in the garden.

Learning Gardens

Paul especially enjoys teaching aspiring gardeners, from families on suburban blocks to urban apartment-dwellers, about the value of being able to grow the food we eat.

Paul is happy to share his knowledge about every aspect of growing your own fruit and vegetables. He especially enjoys helping parents and children discover the excitement of growing, harvesting and preparing their food.

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