Duncraig Edible Garden
Kath has tried to grow food wherever she lives. Rental properties in various coastal sand plain suburbs of Perth, red iron-rich clay in Meekatharra and alluvial sand on Moora’s Moore river flats provided a range of practice runs before finally having a place to stop and have confidence she’d get to pick fruit from the trees she planted.
* The effects of these changes are not only seen and felt in the physical environment, they aim to encourage and build community interactions which can help to widen and deepen a sense of belonging and shared responsibility.
Visitors to the library often stop to take a taste of the open garden, many elderly residents gathering a few sprigs of parsley on the weekly outing to the library. Children have been overheard talking to their parents: “I know which one is Basil and which is Oregano”, “I want to see if there is a strawberry”, or “Is there a jelly bean on the bush?” (the blue berry bush!)
The Librarians are very supportive of DEG, fielding questions when Gardeners are not in attendance. The sense of the garden belonging to the community is excellent and fosters an increased community spirit with a share the harvest table each DEG day (Alternate Saturday mornings).