I have had the most wonderful weekend with people who love growing things and who form the backbone of Tasmania’s exploding community garden scene.
Passionate people, great ideas and tables groaning under the weight of home produce, what more could you ask for? On Saturday Costa began proceedings and he was terrific and if you were not jumping out of your skin before the weekend, then he made sure you were doing just that afterwards. He has so much energy, it is exhausting just watching. He was amongst those who made their way to Devonport for Tasmania’s third Growing Communities Gathering in Devonport with great speakers, workshops and lots of demonstrations in the Devonport Community Garden.
The garden is well laid out and next door to the community house where the produce is used or sold. There is so much to learn from those who have had years of practice from David Stephen, Graeme Stevenson and Leicester Jones and those who are teaching the next generation through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme and those gardening as part of the Transition Town movement. Nel Smit was centrally involved..say no more…she is a legend in sustainability circles. What I enjoyed was the new thinking and ideas being proposed especially by local organic growers like Phil Jones who is thinking outside the square about a future for north west farmers that is not dependent on bulk commodities for the processors.
I can report that there is no ongoing damage to Graeme Stevenson’s eye from the mulberry tree.
Having just returned from a Conference in Sydney on bringing together the public health agenda with the sustainability agenda, it was so good to see it in action.
It is so obvious that community gardening not only is good for the climate and reduces dependence on oil based fertilisers and transport peak oil, it also addresses social isolation and loneliness as well as obesity. I am so encouraged by the speed with which all this is taking off in Tasmania.