I'm a member of a terrific garden/swap Facebook group Clifton and Surrounds - Produce Swap based near me on the Darling Downs. Members all produce something useful, vegetables, fruit, other plants, manure, chooks etc. Every couple of months we get together and have a swap meet/gabfest in one of the local cafes or at someone's home.
The main reason I joined this group was to get a handle on what I would be dealing with climate-wise when gardening in this area. Coming from Boonah where the climate was more sub-tropical, things are decidedly different here. Here, we still get about the same amount of this stuff>
But in general there is less humidity, and it is cooler as a result. Certainly there is a higher risk of frosts which can impact our veggie production but that can be managed. I'm looking forward to being able to grow stone-fruit and apples more successfully. I have some bare rooted trees on order for July delivery so we are in the planning stages of where they are to go.
I have to say, the group has given much, both in physical goods, but probably more importantly in terms of friendship, knowledge and spirit. As everyone knows, it is always a challenge moving to and getting established in a new area and this group has been the door-opener to so many people and resources that would have taken me years to find otherwise. I have now found a supplier for chicken feed, lucerne for the sheep, a massage therapist, mulch hay for the garden, punnets of herbs and veggies for when I screw things up and new chooks when I need them.
So there is Facebook for good not evil too! If anyone in the region is interested in joining the group let me know.