Yandina Community Gardens Outreach program with Lissa Evans,
Working with Nambour Community Centre & Deadly Espresso in Eumundi
I’ve been working each week at YCG for over 4 years and I felt the desire to share what we know and practice with other nearby communities, particularly with people struggling to live in our current paradigm of fast and processed food.
A group from Nambour Community Centre came with Ana Greenfield, Community Development & Cultural Connections Program to a YCG Garden Tour. They were such an inspirational group – excited by what we were doing, keen to learn and had so much of their own knowledge to share.
I decided to offer a workshop on planning, planting and preparing permaculture food as a way of exploring these ideas further. The first session was held at YCG and after a short discussion we harvested from the garden and prepared a delicious, simple, healthy lunch which was enjoyed by all. A few weeks later I ran another session at the Nambour Community Centre. From this developed the idea of a regular gardening group at NCC harnessing Ana’s passion and enthusiasm to develop the existing garden and involve anyone who was interested. This has been happening each Monday 9-10 am for the past two months.
I was also aware that Deadly Expresso, run by the amazing Terri Waller, Sevgen, was also creating a garden. Apart from pot plants around the cafe Terri had been offered access to the sloping land behind the cafe and with assistance from Pete, had found many native trees to plant. My husband, Dave helped with cutting furrows on contour. We lined these above with branches to slow down water flow and encourage soil development along the contour, ultimately feeding the plants below. Once the heat passes, we’ll look at developing the “vege patch” further with the compost we’re making, weed teas and cover crops.
Both sites are seeking donations of cardboard, grass clippings, 40 l barrels, worm farms/bathtubs, woodchips and potting mix. If you have any of these items to donate, or you’re wishing to help in some way please contact Lissa 54467373