We’re super excited that the launch of the ‘Grow Local Illawarra Edible Garden Guide’ that we’ve been working on is happening on 23 November! The guide is all about growing food in backyards, schools, community gardens and other small urban spaces. It has a special focus on growing in the Illawarra, and is full of ideas and tips on what grows best in our climate, designing a veggie patch, starting a food forest, soil building and more. The climate of the Illawarra is really similar to coastal climates up to the mid north coast of NSW, so if you live in those areas you might also find it really useful. Regardless of where you live, we hope it will be an inspiring taste of growing food in the suburbs!
Below is a special sneak peak from the section focusing on food plants that grow well in the Illawarra:
We’ve been creating the guide as part of the Illawarra Biodiversity and Local Food Strategy for Climate Change project, a join sustainability project involving Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Councils working together with funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust. It’s really fantastic of the Councils and the Trust to fund this guide, as it means free printed copies will be available to Illawarra residents, and a PDF version will be available for free download by all on the Council websites, and our website.
This Grow Local Edible Garden Guide will also have a ‘sister’ guide, the Grow Local Native Garden Guide, which we’re also super excited about also seeing launched on the 23 Nov. It’s full of ideas about using local native plants in the garden, rather than ‘natives’ that may be from the other side of our huge country!
Everyone is welcome to the launch of these guides, which is happening as part of the food and biodiversity celebrations from 2:30pm – 6pm on Wednesday 23 November at the old courthouse on Cliff Road in Wollongong. You can pick up your free copy of the guides, check out great stalls about food growing and local biodiversity, join in some interactive workshops, learn about the Living Classroom School Kitchen gardens and more. By coming along you can also go in the draw to win an instant ‘backyard food garden’ or ‘native garden.’
Check out the poster for more details. Hope to see you there!