GlobalNet Academy students are helping to produce fresh fruit and vegetables in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Community Food Garden.

As part of their training, students have been working on many different aspects of the food garden including bed preparation, planning, planting, maintenance and of course harvesting!

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The garden was officially opened in 2014 and sits on the site of the former vegetable garden, fondly known as “Pete’s Patch”. The concept of the garden is a cooperation between the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and local community groups. The community groups each take control of a bed to produce fresh vegetables which are then harvested and provided to individuals and groups in the community who are in need.

Our students and Horticulturalist Rainer Oberle deciding what needs a bit of pruning in the Herb and Olive bed.

Our students and Horticulturalist Rainer Oberle deciding what needs a bit of pruning in the Herb and Olive bed.

The space is also designed to be a learning space and soon a teaching kitchen will be added. Here, community members will be able to see the food from the garden and how it can be used to produce nutritious meals.

Our students are working along side the Botanical Gardens horticulturalists to help maintain the food garden and learning valuable skills along the way which they can transfer to their own home vegetable or community garden projects.

 

 

Next time you visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, drop in on the community garden, take some pictures and share them with us. Our students are very proud of their work and love to see it being admired and appreciated by visitors.

Instructor Rainer Oberle discusses the right way to plant out the Chilean Guava

Instructor Rainer Oberle discusses the right way to plant out the Chilean Guava

Certificate 2 Students planting out Tomatillos in the Tasmanian Community Food Garden

Certificate 2 Students planting out Tomatillos in the Tasmanian Community Food Garden