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Samford Edible Garden Trail
... spread the word seed! 
Samford Edible Garden Trail
... inspiring people to grow food!
"Household Food Security? Every Growing Year Is A Rehearsal!"   
( Jerry Colby-Williams, 2020 )
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Would you like to have a productive backyard veggie garden? Perhaps have a few chickens for your own fresh eggs, start a worm farm, or learn the difference between a hot compost and a slow compost? 

Then join us on the inaugural Samford Edible Garden Trail in May 2020 and be inspired.  The Samford Edible Garden Trail is a community initiative to encourage and inspire people to grow food in their own backyard, in schools, workplaces and in public spaces. Anywhere actually. 
There was a time not so long ago when the veggie patch was a common thing in Australian backyards. It is not like that anymore, but we can change that. In the spirit of community, a selection of local people from the Samford and surrounding areas are opening their gardens 'virtually' in the month of May - and will take you on a tour throughout their garden!

When we grow and source food locally we increase our resilience as a community and we reduce our carbon footprint while improving our health and well-being at the same time. We can start with a little patch in the corner and make a difference. As every person who has ever planted a seed before knows … big things grow from little things. 
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GARDENS and Gardeners
Jenny Kato's Garden
Jenny is a permaculture teacher at Northy Street City Farm and we are lucky to have her living in Samford.  She will take you one a virtual tour of her garden and answer all of your questions about her diverse food systems!
What can you see in my garden? 
  • Companion planting: Companion planting is so important in my garden.  Let me show you all of the companion planting possibilities and explain why relationships in the garden are important.
  • Worm Farming: See how I use worms in my garden.  What are the main problems I have with my worm farm and how I overcome them.
  • Compost strategies: Compost is one of the things that most people struggle with.  I will give you 5 strategies for building and managing your compost! 
  • Make your own loofah! I will show you step by step how I grow and create my own loofahs!  What are the best species? 
  • Permaculture principles: Permaculture is my speciality and I will show you how permaculture principles are being applied in my own garden.  Where should you start?
"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!"
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Would you like to have a productive backyard veggie garden? Perhaps have a few chickens for your own fresh eggs, start a worm farm, or learn the difference between a hot compost and a slow compost?
Then join us on the Samford Edible Garden Trail and be inspired.
The way it works is that the Edible Garden team of volunteers visit inspiring edible gardens and while the garden host takes us around to show us their garden we film it! We ask lots of questions and focus on getting as much practical info as we can, and we usually manage to get a couple of how to videos on something that they have going on in that garden that it really awesome.
Then we post up these videos on our Facebook page and YouTube channel so that we can share this knowledge around. And that’s it. It is just like going to visit a garden tour, except you don’t even have to leave your own house.  
We are visiting a new garden every second Sunday at 9.30am.
Tune into our Facebook page – Samford Edible Garden, or our YouTube channel to join in the fun, learn more about growing your own food, and let’s all grow together!

"Household Food Security? Every Growing Year Is A Rehearsal!"   
( Jerry Coleby-Williams, 2020 )
"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes!"
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OUR LATEST GARDEN

John Hay's Sustainable Horticulture Garden

Have you been wondering how aquaponics differs from hydroponics? Unsure how to make a boggy part of your yard useable?

This fortnight's featured gardener reached out to the SEGT team early in our May 2020 trail offering to show us his unique garden set-up. Situated in Darra (roughly 45 minutes away), John Hay's garden is a perfect fit for one of our on-going road trip/on-the-road segments. 

John is particularly passionate about growing fruit, and will also show us how he uses aquaponics and managed to turn a boggy part of his yard into a positive.

Tour John's garden with us at 9.30am on Sunday 26 July and type any questions you have for him in the comments to receive an answer.

"Start a garden. Agriculture and food is an area where everyone can begin today. That is why the garden is so important. It teaches us that there's something we're all capable of doing".  (Vandana Shiva)
"Start a garden. Agriculture and food is an area where everyone can begin today. That is why the garden is so important. It teaches us that there's something we're all capable of doing". 
Would you like us to visit your garden?
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Do you have a food garden? 
Your edible garden doesn’t have to perfect, immaculate, or jaw stopping. You just need to be growing food and be passionate about sharing your ideas and experiences with others.
Real people, real gardens.
Our mission is to share ideas so that more people feel inspired and encouraged to grow food for themselves. We want to include a range of gardens on the Trail and so far we have visited everything ranging from suburban backyard vegetable gardens, to large scale orchards, school gardens, and small scale local market gardens.
If you are a passionate edible gardener, and you would like us to visit your garden, please get in touch and tell us a little about your edible garden.
Email us at: admin@samfordediblegardentrail.com.au

To be a host you need these things: 
  • To be located in Samford and surrounding areas, or even further afield in SEQ (yes, we are doing roadtrips now!) 
  •  A productive edible garden that supports natural growing techniques
  • ​To be willing for us to film you and your garden for a garden tour
  • To be willing to answer questions and respond to comments about your garden on the Facebook page, and/or YouTube channel
Don't have Facebook? 
We can email you updates!
SHOW YOUR GARDEN
Do you have a food garden? 
We are doing a call out for passionate gardeners who believe in the value of having an edible garden. We would like to showcase a wide range of gardens, including backyard vegetable gardens, orchards, school gardens, community gardens, and market gardens.
    
Each year, we hope to have a range of gardens as part of the trail so that we can showcase a variety of features each year. For example, gardening on a slope, water saving techniques, family friendly, permaculture, biodynamic, wicking beds, bees, composting, worm farms, etc.

Email us at: admin@samfordediblegardentrail.com.au

To be a host you need these things: 
  • To be located in Samford and surrounding areas
  •  A productive edible garden that supports natural growing techniques without the use of chemical fertilisers
  • To be available on the day to chat to people about your garden, run a few tours, and be willing to share any tips you have learnt in your garden
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OUR TEAM
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Susanne Engelhard
Christine King
Vanessa Spotswood
Ceri Benson
Jenna King
Angela Gavin
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GARDEN TRAILS
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This year we held our inaugural Samford Edible Garden Trail 2020 from May 17 to May 31.  Initially it was planned to be a 'real world' edible garden trail, where people could visit gardens in person.  2020 however had other plans and we had to adapt and move our trail online!  This turned out to be a blessing and we were so overwhelmed by the interest we received and its success - leading to our decision to have an ongoing garden visit every fortnight. Although we have a tour every fortnight now, we still plan to host an intensive 'real world' edible garden trail each year in Samford.

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Please contact us at idig@samfordediblegardentrail.com.au
and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

OUR VOLUNTEERS
Susanne Engelhard
(Founder and coordinator)
Christine King
(Founder and coordinator) 
Jenna King
(Photographer) 
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Please leave us a message and we’ll get back to you quicker than we can sprout some micro-greens .

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Susanne Engelhard
0413 241 648

Dr Christine King        
 0409 405 765
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