More than 600 gardeners and growers came together to explore local gardens throughout the Blue Mountains for the Edible Garden Trail on March 2-3.
First established by local greenthumb Susanne Rix, the Edible Garden Trail brings gardeners together to share ideas about growing methods and learn real life skills to create their own edible haven.
Marking the second event of its kind, the Edible Garden Trail saw more than 40 backyard growers from Lapstone to Hartley open their gardens to the public from March 2-3, sharing their passion and knowledge of their gardens with aspiring growers from near and far.
Visitors learned new skills to support their own edible garden, such as how to mulch, save seed, and how to keep chickens and bees to support their own garden. Gardeners also shared handy tips to support growers in their own backyard.
“Wouldn’t it be good if people discovered that edible gardens can provide beauty as well as healthy food, and that food growers are also saving money, reducing food miles and contributing to a more sustainable planet?” Susanne said.
Blue Mountains Food Co-Op Community Education Officer, Jacqueline Forster, added that the Edible Garden Trail helped to inspire gardeners to try new ways of growing food while putting the Blue Mountains on the map as a sustainable eco-tourism region.
“There is a real movement towards edible gardens and we are lucky to have many talented gardeners with experience in permaculture,” she said. “Susanne’s vision is for other communities to follow the lead and set up edible garden trails of their own.”
The Edible Garden Trail is sponsored by the Blue Mountains Food Co-Op and supported by Scenic World’s philanthropic program, Scenic World Shared, which invests three percent of Scenic World’s profit into valuable partnerships to support the local community and environment.
The initiative was awarded a $2,000 funding grant earlier this year via the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) latest Small Grants for Rural Communities program, which helps to connect communities with targeted grants for grass roots projects. The funding was proudly provided by the Scenic World Shared program.
For more information, search Blue Mountains Edible Garden Trail on Facebook or visit www.ediblegardentrail.com.