Did Someone Say Edible Gardens?

By Georgia Wright 

Just one of the gardens that will be available to explore

Did Someone Say Edible Gardens?

In 2020, amid lockdowns and restrictions and the overall uncertainty of COVID 19, from four Samford Mums emerged The Samford Edible Garden Trail—a not-for-profit that puts local gardeners’ backyard edible gardens on a pedestal. And blatantly, to say this organisation ‘grew’ on the community is a very, very big understatement! Although the 2020 lockdowns forced the Mums to grab their phones and film their socially distanced visits to the gardens, the online support they received blew them away. Viewers from all over Australia (and abroad) followed the adventures of the Trail, causing a resurgence of popularity in garden cultivation; people everywhere were buying seeds and wanting to start gardens of their own!

Just some of the produce harvested from one of the gardens

Fast forward to May 2021, and the Trail are still posting their virtual tours online, AND are preparing to swing open their doors to nine inspiring edible gardens for the inaugural Open Day on May 16th. From a 10-year-old subtropical food forest, to a local tradie’s garden, to a tree changer couple’s cottage garden, which is jam-packed with raised beds, an orchard, a herbal tea garden, and chickens, there are plenty of sights to see on the day.

But there is more to the Trail than just gardens. Two Brissy farmers are set to show the amazing results they have achieved with their small scale, diversified, organic farming methods, while another farmer will be sharing her knowledge on cooking gourmet mushrooms. Two local cafés are also hopping on board and connecting with the farmers to offer a special menu made from local produce. People with an appreciation for fine dining can experience a 3-course lunch menu (100% local produce) at Pause Restaurant, while the incredible Samford Patisserie will be offering a free coffee to ticket holders. Additionally, for those who wish to take a slice of the event home with them, Millen farm, a local urban community farm, will be hosting a farmer’s marker and a picnic area amongst the produce. Not to mention, an exciting kids’ treasure hunt has been thrown in the mix!

As you can see, the Trail’s Open Day—running 9am to 3pm—offers a wonderful, green-thumbed day out for the family. The event is an amazing opportunity to sample the delights that can be found in the beautiful Samford Valley—only a 40 minutes’ drive from the Brisbane CBD in the stunning Moreton Bay Shire. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out!
First and single adults $10, Subsequent adults in each group $5. Kids visit Free.

So, grab your picnic rug, your comfiest walking shoes and hat, take advantage of the stunning autumn weather in South-East Queensland, and come along!

For more information, visit their website at https://samfordediblegardentrail.com.au/home or email nicolearmit@gmail.com

Blue dog farm

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