The success of the 2022 Central Coast Edible Garden Trail took everyone by surprise.
As a project of Permaculture Central Coast, it was always the aim of the Central Coast Edible Garden Trail to give back to the local community in some way. Funds raised from ticket sales enabled the Trail and Permaculture Central Coast to fund an outreach program of workshops for people living with a disability, as well as give a sizeable donation to twelve of the Central Coast’s wonderful community Gardens, many of which played an integral part in the workshops.
The outreach program was designed by Sue Bradley of In8lygood and SWAMP Central Coast. By building authentic relationships across multiple organisations, the program supported community gardens and disadvantaged young people, by providing a series of engaging and hands on workshops that included –
- No dig gardening
- Building insect hotels
- Making weed teas and natural fertilisers
- Nature weaving
- Composting and worm farming
- Making medicinal teas
- Planting and mulching a market garden and
- Harvesting and cooking freshly picked produce
Collaboration has been key, with fifteen organisations involved, including the Central Coast Edible Garden Trail, Permaculture Central Coast, nine community gardens, You Connect, Options Disability, and Synergy Permaculture.
The sessions were facilitated by permaculture teachers Kerrie Anderson from Synergy Permaculture and Matthew Silavant from Options Disability.