grow.eat.enjoy began in 2009 as the collaboration of 2 edible gardening and sustainability enthusiasts. Thea and Sarah met when their children started preschool and have spent many play sessions since talking gardening, parenting and everything in between. With backgrounds in hospitality and the arts Thea and Sarah combined their skills to establish grow.eat.enjoy. On top of many years experience in their own gardens, Thea and Sarah have studied sustainable gardening techniques including composting, worm farming, organic pest control, companion planting, edibile natives, mushroom cultivation, chicken care and permaculture design. Sarah is currently studying a Masters in Sustainable Built Environments.
Sarah grew up in Perth where there was always plenty of room for a vegetable patch and where she always made sure she had one. While continuing to work in private gardens Sarah also works for preschools, primary schools, high schools and after school care centres. She works with charities such as Oz Harvest and has help workshops and installed gardens for councils and commercial businesses. She finds great satisfaction in passing on her urban sustainability ideas to adults and children alike and from the design and implementation of new gardens, to more generalised concepts around reuse and waste management.
Thea comes from a family that thoroughly enjoys cooking and eating good food and gets a kick out of converting people not only to the joys of eating fresh, seasonal produce but also to the preparation of it. She grew up in the rural Sydney suburb of Arcadia. Being some distance from the local shops it made sense to have herbs and lettuces growing at home. This habit has stuck with Thea throughout life and she has always grown a herb patch, no matter how small or basic. Thea works in private gardens in Canberra and is the garden specialist at Majura Public School.