Native plant foods

Sustainable in Holdfast Bay

Last week, I attended a workshop on growing native plant foods in the home garden. These foods are high in essential nutrients, well suited to growing in our climate, part of our biodiversity and a food source for native animals. They are easy to grow, requiring no fertilisers and a very low input of energy and resources. The workshop presenter, Steven Hoepfner, is one of the urban farmers running Wagtail Urban Farm, based in suburban Adelaide.

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Since 2006, Steven has been researching ways to live more sustainably. His research has led him to the knowledge and traditional practices of indigenous peoples who take only what they need while ‘treading softly’. Is it possible to recreate a system of sustainable land management? Steven is optimistic this can be achieved and says we can all make a difference.

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Here he is explaining how we can grow and cook with native fruits such as Quandong…

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