At a recent visit to ‘that’ large hardware store, a pallet of fruit trees caught my eye – mango, cherry, persimmon, pomegranate and fig to name a few. Now we are a fig loving family, especially the six year old, who declares she loves them as much as blue cheese (God help us!).
As I delved into the green gloss to explore the varieties in front of me (Brown Turkey, Black Genoa…hmmm), a low, soft Mediterranean voice behind said, “The white fig. Only the white fig. They are sweeter.” I turned around to THE most gorgeous couple standing behind me, eager to share their knowledge of this succulent fruit.
Victory Gardens follows an array of farmers and growers on Instagram and there was one we have been super keen to catch up with and feature on our blog. Newcastle Greens (@newcastlegreens) packs a whole heap of greenie goodness into every Instagram post!
Newcastle Greens delivers a unique range of microgreens, wheatgrass, edible flowers and baby leaf to restaurants and cafes around the Greater Newcastle area. Owner and grower Elle Brown was kind enough to share her journey which began with the extended family pitching in to help build a greenhouse in the backyard of her Waratah West home.
Radish and pea shoots
As a mother to a toddler and a teenager, Elle started her home-grown business just over a year ago. She is still waiting to catch her breath. The business has taken off and she’s loving it.
The Victory Gardens team has been gathering as much local information as possible about community gardening as we embark on a process of establishing a small edible garden in the Hunter St Mall in Newcastle Australia.
Growing is underway in the Hunter St Mall
In the several months it has taken to realise such a dream, we have engaged with many community gardening enthusiasts, change agents and place makers who have offered a hand and their knowledge, to help set this inner city garden off on the right foot. It feels good to have tapped into this generous and lively community as we approach spring and the launch of the garden in September.
Before we begin, a little confession! We felt very indulgent taking a break out of our busy, but ordinary lives, midweek, to explore a couple of exciting examples of urban homesteading in Sydney.
The justification being that it would be a lot easier to explore the wonderfully popular and interesting kitchen gardens at The Grounds of Alexandria and Koskela in Sydney’s inner city, without the weekend bustle.