HOW A COMMUNITY GROWS
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.