Over the summer we hit the road and delivered state-wide training to various community gardens in Tasmania. We believe a key pillar to seeing locally based food security become a reality is in seeing thriving, productive, locally based community gardens in operation. We conducted training on a variety of hands on topics such as seed raising, food security education, soil management, composting, fertilising, seed saving, correct seed storage and organic food production.
Community gardeners from around Tasmania including Hobart, Launceston, North West Coast and the West Coast were represented. We received great feedback from all participants, and everyone left having learnt new skills and feeling inspired to continue on in their endeavours to promote their own local community gardens. These people do a fantastic job in their local communities and are to be commended.
During our state-wide workshops one of the areas we discussed was the possibility of setting up local seed banks and a database to be shared among the community gardens so that the foundation of food security (e.g. the seed) is safeguarded and remains in the hands of local community members. We think this is an excellent idea for the gardens to pursue.
Community gardens are a great repository for local food growing knowledge and a place where people with a like mind can get together and encourage each other. The valuable local knowledge of food security and local food growing skills can be promoted, shared and passed through local community gardens and their members. We believe this is absolutely vital if local communities and the world at large are to have food security into the future..