I’ve been lucky to be able to incorporate something I have been so passionate about into my career for 10 years now.
Just recently I taught in 2 locations in Melbourne’s west, both timely courses about seed sowing and propagation. I hope all the keen seed sowers in attendance have many successes in their Spring and Summer plantings!
At the end of August I was really excited to teach on my favorite subject with a twist. Millie at Whitehorse Council on the east of Melbourne, asked me to teach my constantly evolving Bushfood class. She wanted a class focusing on Culinary & Medicinal plants Indigenous to the Whitehorse area. We had no trouble coming up with a list of more plants than we could cover in the time I had.
Each time I do this, it challenges me to increase my own and the collective knowledge. If you are interested in one of my classes but are wondering how it can be tailored to your group or area, please email us.
I also recently spoke on native food plants at Melton Botanic Gardens, a reasonably new garden on the western outskirts of Melbourne. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the dedicated volunteers here over the last year or so and am constantly amazed by what they’ve achieved. This Botanic Garden is a great resource for those interested in native plants. There is a new Bush Food garden; a garden of the indigenous plants of Melton; a plant nursery and other specific gardens. They have reached out to the local indigenous community for the making of a well used Bora circle amongst other projects. This garden is a happy sanctuary for people, plants and wildlife in the middle of a windswept plain and well worth a visit any time.
Of course you can also come to one of my specially developed classes at Gunyah Garden. You get to see the plants where they grow, enjoy their unique aroma and flavours and experience my private garden sanctuary. I’m running a special bushfood class on the afternoon of 22 October for those of you who are worried they can’t fit Bushfoods in their small spaces or balconies. There are so many options in Melbourne for bringing that authentic native Australian flavor to your kitchen even when you only have small spaces or shady areas.
In the morning of 22 October, I’m really excited to have Gemma Macri presenting a master class on Kombucha with Bushfood flavours. All the native food plants are grown in my garden and you’ll get to taste the different flavours and blend your own. We’ll be going through first and secondary fermentation including flavouring with bush herbs. I’ll be running a little tour of Gunyah too so you can take a look at where the herbs are growing. Gemma has discovered something amazing with her experimentation with bush herbs and kombucha and I can’t wait to share it with you.