Today, a couple of my children and I spent a very pleasant 3 hours in their school garden with two other families and their children. The kids gathered caterpillars and seeds and ate tomatoes before moving on to running through sprinklers and climbing trees. The adults dug and picked, sorted and trellised and everyone had a lovely time.
2014, for me, is the year of building community. When Thea and I started grow.eat.enjoy. we wanted to put edible gardens into homes (we still do). But as the years go on we move more and more into education and community gardening and I’m finding this a good place to be. When I’m at Razor&JOY, tending to their office garden, and staff come to sit amongst the plants while they eat their lunch; when I put a call out to the OzHarvest volunteers and people come from all walks of life to work in the garden with me; and when I make a connection with a parent from a non English speaking background who in turn brings others to our school garden and everyone feels happy and connected, I know, like Thea and I always thought, that gardening brings so much more than just good food.
So here’s to 2014, my year of growing good food and building community. If you’re in Sydney and need a little help doing either, let me know.