Did someone say food?

IMG_2720Bushfood wasn’t the only thing on the menu at NACC’s workshop in Coorow this week.

The workshop saw more than 35 people from the community come together to learn more about native gardening and bushfoods.

The sold out event covered a range of tasty bushfood topics – including identifying a number of Australian bushfoods and the unique flavour experiences that they can provide.

Beyond Gardens’ bushfood enthusiast Steve McCabe wowed the audience with his extensive knowledge about different native bushfoods you can grow in your own backyard.

Steve also elaborated on the beauty of growing native plants in your garden and how they provide very important food and shelter for native fauna.

NACC Natural Resource Management Officer Jude Sutherland said native gardening, in particular growing native bushfoods, was far simpler than typical supermarket variety fruit and vegetables.

“It is more sustainable, lower input and more beneficial for local biodiversity,” Jude said.

“I now feel more confident and inspired to grow native bushfoods in my own garden.”

Native gardening guru’s Garry Heady and John Colwill geared the audience up with a number of handy hints and tips to creating a flourishing native garden.

Garry explained that when starting a native or bushfood garden, the best way to know what species to plant is to investigate what is already growing in your local bushlands and if possible collect the seed for your own garden.

A walking tour of Waddy Forest Reserve – guided by local biodiversity experts Fiona Falconer and Alison Doley – allowed participant to see some of the native species spoken about in the morning presentations in a natural environment setting.

This event was made possible through NACC’s Biodiversity Program, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, with additional support from Beyond Gardens.

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