The Adelaide Edible Garden Trail celebrates the many ways Kaurna Land residents are creating food sovereignty while saving money and the environment — and enjoying the health benefits of homegrown fruit and veggies.”

On Saturday, April 24 2021, six urban food gardens will open to the public during the very first Adelaide  Edible Garden Trail – aimed at inspiring more South Aussies to get growing at their place. 

Growers large and small from across Adelaide will share their knowledge via informative video  garden tours, which will be released online and are accessible to all by donation. 

The tours showcase sustainable garden practices for South Australia’s local growing conditions, including water conservation, composting, increasing soil fertility, planting to encourage beneficial insects, home food production and organic growing techniques.

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Jacqui Garcia, Event Coordinator. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles

Event Coordinator and PA member Jacqui Garcia, one of nine volunteers organising the first-time event, said  growing even just a little food at home can have a positive impact on our environment, health and  local food sovereignty. 

“We’re all passionate about urban food growing and all into permaculture. We call ourselves the Growers’ Collective. The idea came about when we were discussing ways we could celebrate Urban Agriculture Month, which is about raising awareness about urban agriculture”

Several of the organising team are PA members, and permaculture ethics are incorporated into the event including:

  • ‘Fair Share’: This is a volunteer-run event. We are very thankful for receiving a micro-grant to get this project going from our local chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which has volunteer-run local chapters funding awesome local projects.
  • Event proceeds will be reinvested into local community food growing projects through grants to schools, community gardens & community groups.
  • Earth Care’: the featured gardeners are all sharing sustainable and organic gardening practices and tips for our local growing conditions.
  • ‘People Care’: price for a ticket is ‘pay what you can’ to ensure our videos are accessible to all. 

“I’m looking forward to sharing the videos of our featured gardeners with growers – and hope to see garden trails hosted by other South Australian communities, in places like the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu peninsula, Barossa, regional and remote towns too,” Jacqui Garcia.

Photo title & credits:

  • Jelina Haines, Ligaya Garden.
  • Lachlan McKenzie, The Goody Patch. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.
  • North Brighton Community Garden. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.
  • The Goody Patch. Photo credit: Baxter Wiles for the SA Urban Food Network.

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