DIGGING IN: At the launch of the Aboriginal Community Garden were (from left) Maia Bellmaine, Ella Bellmaine, Molly Gill, Cara Mansfield, Penny Evans, Mereki, Shane Runciman and Phil Dudman.
DIGGING IN: At the launch of the Aboriginal Community Garden were (from left) Maia Bellmaine, Ella Bellmaine, Molly Gill, Cara Mansfield, Penny Evans, Mereki, Shane Runciman and Phil Dudman. Liina Flynn

Bush tucker branches out at Lismore Community Gardens

A BUSH tucker garden that started as a seed of an idea in Mereki's mind should soon bear fruit following the launch of the concept at Lismore's Community Gardens.

On Tuesday afternoon, Interrelate and the Family Referral Service and about 40 people joined garden guru Phil Dudman to launch the innovative Aboriginal Community Garden concept.

Mereki said the launch was a great success, with local Aboriginal-owned catering business Twisted Tucker running out of bush tucker and other organically grown food for people to try.

"There was a big cross-section of people from the local community who came down to find out about bush tucker and what we are doing," she said.

"Part of our vision is for the garden to teach the community about healthy eating and traditional bush tucker and bush medicines.

"Also we want to reconnect our people with the concept of bush tucker and bush medicine, because it's traditionally how we live and we have been separated from that."

Native plants including lemon myrtle, strawberry gum, lilli pillies and grass trees will feature in the garden.

Mr Dudman and the community garden committee dedicated an area of the gardens to the Aboriginal Community Garden.

"Having a designated area at the community gardens was helpful in realising this first stage of our bigger vision to have garden beds planted with bush tucker, bush medicine and organic produce," Mereki said.

A committee has been formed to guide the Aboriginal Community Garden to its first harvest.

The growth of the garden will be documented in photo and video.

Get involved

Anyone interested in getting involved can phone Mereki on 0407 675 603 or Tracey on 0427 689 607.



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