Connecting through Vegetable and Bushfoods Gardens

Growing local food in our backyards, balconies and community gardens is not only healthy eating and physically good for us but helps connect us to the land and the weather. It is also a great opportunity for children to feel the joys of growing something and perhaps nurturing a worm farm. I have had fun at the Department of Agriculture in Western Australia assisting in developing a staff garden of allotments and more recently a bushfoods and medicines garden – growing some of the plants that the Aborigines of Western Australia used to rely on for their food and healing. It has not been straightforward finding out about the plants and their uses do our learnings are summarized below.

It would be great of more bushfoods gardens were established alongside our community vegetable gardens and perhaps we could plant these plants as part of our home, business and parks landscaping. That could be fun!