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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Gold Coast Food Metamorphosis

A Food Metamorphosis is taking place on Australia's Gold Coast better known for its glittering beaches and high life.

With two established community gardens at Varsity Lakes and Southport and exciting land restoration at Lodder Creek a plethora of new community groups are now about to begin new gardening sites around the city.

Scott Godfredson B.Design Landscape Arch (Hon) is currently assisting the development of these projects in conjunction with The Gold Coast Council.

Last Saturday Scott organized all the different gardening groups to come together and share their progress, ideas and of course plants.

Comfrey, Strawberries and Scented geraniums were available to share at this garden's table.

Was informed  that burning  raw scented geraniums leaves will get rid of pests and a leaf in  warm water makes a rose flavored tea.

 Plans and photos were shared as well as food plants and a representative of each garden spoke on their group's current progress.

Two `Star' gardeners from Varsity Lakes, May from China and Monica from New Guinea were present.

Both May and Monica have the wonderful gift of showing other gardeners food sources from their traditions that are great adaptations to the  Gold Coast's subtropical climate.

Thanks to Justin from the new Ashmore Community Garden for giving Monica some  water tolerant Taro that Varsity Lakes can now plant on their flood  prone lower ground.

There is so much to share and learn about food.

Together we are learning to break away from old traditions and patterns and access quality, organic food.

With the approach of peak oil there is a growing urgency to establishing new ways to provide quality sustainable food in city environments.


momstheword said...

Long ago, when the kids were little and I was more into garden, I really wanted to be a master gardner. I would pour over gardening books and just devour everything I could read.

The funny thing is that I seem to have lost the desire to garden much anymore, but I love hearing about what others are doing. I can enjoy their garden without doing any work, lol!

Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday.

Evan Johnson said...

Community gardens are great, they serve so many purposes.

One interesting gardening technique I found was aquaponics. It seems like a great alternative, especially for those wanting a complete sustainable system.

Melynda said...

Loved reading this post, it goes along with my thoughts too.

girlichef said...

What a lovely event...I really enjoyed reading your post! Thanks for sharing it w/ the hearth and soul hop this week :D

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

This looked to be a wonderful event. Loved the happy looking images.

21st Century Housewife© said...

This sounds like a wonderful event! Thank you for sharing it.

Arija said...

Communal gardens are a wonderful city development. They not only provide fresh and healthy food nut also bring like minded people together and therefore reestablish some of the old community values like sharing and caring for your friends and neighbours.

Tootsie said...

this is a very neat post! I enjoyed seeing photos and reading about a day that sounds really fun to be a part of! I also am very happy I popped over...I learned something about scented Geraniums...thanks! and thank you for linking in today!
is it thanksgiving there?

Self Sagacity said...

what a fun event. wish we have something like that here, or more like, I wish I know of something like that here.

Rambling Woods said...

I agree...this is a wonderful event and nice to see so many people attending...(You only had one link posted, not two....but I can always fix one if you ever need it)...Michelle

EG Wow said...

It's wonderful to see so many people involved! This is a great good-news story.