The City’s Summer Garden project will end on a high this weekend with a celebratory Harvest Day in Sydney Park.
City farmers will pick wash and harvest Chinese herbs, corn, olives and other produce in a real-life example of the paddock-to-plate philosophy.
Since opening in January, thousands of locals and visitors have stopped by the Summer Garden in Sydney Park, St Peters, to see produce being grown and take part in a weekend workshops from beekeeping to sheepdog trials.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated everyone involved in the Summer Garden.
“When we created the no dig garden beds in Sydney Park, we had no idea so many committed volunteers would eagerly turn up – rain, hail and shine – to look after the crops,” the Lord Mayor said.
“When I first visited, the corn crops were just small seedlings. Now they are metre-high mature plants ready for the picking.
“It’s been wonderful to show people that corn doesn’t grow in a cling-wrapped tray and olives don’t grow in jars.
“I’m looking forward to helping celebrate on Harvest Day,” the Lord Mayor said.
To thank the committed band of 70 volunteers – the City Farmers – who signed on to tend the Summer Garden’s produce, the City will host Harvest Day celebrations on Saturday 23 March.
The Veggie Patch food truck will be on site with fresh, locally sourced organic food, and Oz Harvest will present a workshop on their work rescuing good food to feed those in need. Last year, Oz Harvest saved 5.34 million meals from waste and fed thousands of people.
The Oz Harvest crew will also give some expert tips and hints on making the most of the food in the fridge and pantry to avoid waste at work and home.
Harvest Day festivities will start at 10 am and run all day. Oz Harvest will present at 10 am, and the Lord Mayor will present certificates at 12.30 pm.
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