Aldinga Arts Eco Village is holding an Open Day – 10am to 4pm Sunday 5 November 2017
Building on this 34 hectare village began in 2002 on what was a degraded and barren horse agistment property. Since then the land has slowly been regenerated and is currently home to over 300 people living in an assortment of low-energy dwellings along with shared orchards and open spaces.
by Peter Croft and Dinali Devasagaym
The Grow Grow Grow Your Own group ran a Foraging workshop on 20 August 2017 with guest presenter Kate Grigg. It was a terrific event with 60 people turning out on a cold, overcast afternoon to find out more about out edible weeds, including several who came all the way from Ballywire, a farm near Edithburgh on Yorke Peninsula.
Anne Wilson led a lively Q&A session about problems faced by gardeners, then Kate took us for a tour of the grounds of Fullarton Park. Within 15 metres we found our first edible weed, chickweed, followed within metres by dandelions, milk thistle, shepherds purse (a brassica), prickly lettuce, mallow, flick weed, nasturtiums, peppercorns from the pepper tree and smooth mustard. All edible and highly nutritious. I was most surprised to know that mallow makes a good spinach alternative!
While Kate does not suggest we actively grow these plants, as many of them are serious problems in native bushland and on farm properties, it makes a lot of sense to harvest and eat the ones that pop up on their own in our gardens.
The group will present a follow up session with Kate in May 2018. Stay tuned for a date.
Free Grow Grow Grow Your Own Workshop
Sunday 20 August 2017
3pm-5pm at Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton 5063
Please register to attend by email to email@example.com or phone 0407 608 345
Presenter: Kate Grigg – qualified horticulturalist and conservationist
Kate has a large following across Australia through her Facebook groups, Foraging Australia and Mushroom Foragers of South Australia. Kate is consulted by many Australian chefs, professional and amateur foragers and people who want accurate identification of plants and fungi they have found. Kate regularly hosts events for councils, wineries and the food industry.
Meet in the park just outside the Rear Foyer entrance at 3pm. Please note that the workshop will involve walking around the grounds of Fullarton Park Community Centre.
Thanks to a generous Unley Council grant: FREE! If you have any excess produce to share, bring that too!
Last year the Urban Sustainability team of the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Natural Resource Management Board convened a session on urban agriculture. They have recently published a Edible Adelaide report detailing the outcomes from this session including a map of local food initiatives. Moving forward the Urban Sustainability team is looking to work with and support community groups to further develop our urban food network. For more information see the Edible Adelaide site.