About

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
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
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.


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 preapration of it.  She gained a Diploma in Hospitality Management and worked in hotels and resorts before flying out to Europe for a stint of English teaching.  Upon return, Thea felt she wanted a change of pace… so had kids.
She grew up in the rural Sydney suburb of Arcadia and has only recently realised that most city kids don’t ride their BMX barefoot to see their next door neighbour who in fact lives 1km down the road!  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.  During her time living and working at both Ayres Rock and Hamilton Island, it had to be done in order to have fresh mint or parsley on hand.  This love affair with herbs has blossomed into something bordering on psychotic and she now loves the idea of companion planting, the ancient uses of herbs and their healing properties.  All this and they look beautiful, too!
As a mother of 3, one of Thea’s proudest moments is when she discovered her middle child sitting in the shade under a shelf of herbs at a nursery, pot of coriander in one hand, half the leaves of said coriander in the other hand and the other half of leaves in mouth!  We left that pot for replanting!

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