HOW A COM­MU­NITY GROWS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

TO­MOR­ROW marks the start of win­ter and the team at Gar­den­ingAus­tralia – al­ready in party mode cel­e­brat­ing their 30-year an­niver­sary – are ju­bi­lant about the new sea­son. We meet host Costa Ge­or­giadis in Toowoomba, Queens­land, which boasts some in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity gar­den schemes like The Mul­berry Project, which brings to­gether mi­grants and lo­cal vol­un­teers who toil side-by-side and ger­mi­nate a sense of be­long­ing. As project leader, Louise No­ble, ex­plains: “when peo­ple are dis­placed, they lose their cul­ture and the trans­mis­sion of that cul­ture to their chil­dren.” So, it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally im­por­tant to re­con­nect them with food that is fa­mil­iar and com­fort­ing. Con­golese mi­grant, Miriam says grow­ing cas­sava “makes me feel like home … it’s a mother food.” No­ble be­gan the project in 2016 after she in­vited friends and strangers to en­joy the bounty from a bumper crop of mul­ber­ries in her back­yard. One of the new­com­ers asked to use some of her land to plant crops for foods they could not find in Aus­tralia which were fa­mil­iar to the Congo con­tin­gent. In other sto­ries, Jan Ed­man­son takes view­ers in­side an in­ner-city walled gar­den cre­ated by one of the coun­try’s lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phers; while Josh Byrne looks at prop­a­gat­ing the ex­ot­i­cally-named “ter­res­trial orchid.” Tino Carnevale (pic­tured) is up to his el­bows again in soil, plant­ing and tend­ing to spicy crops.

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