Open GArden at Lakeside Drive Community Garden

There are some wonderful community gardens around Darwin where you can meet knowledgeable people who grow veggies during the whole year and value community. This Sunday Lakeside Drive Community Garden is hosting an Open Garden. Anyone is invited to come along and check out the garden, meet members, work for the dole participants and express…

Eat Local Feed Global- an outdoor delight

As part of our GULP project had a wonderful food share and work shop at the Mulch Pit in Rapid Creek this November for Eat Local, Feed Global Oxfam campaign that highlights the craziness of our food systems and how eating local can help others further away!. The night was a beautiful twighlight evening and raised money  for…

Great Green Mango Salad

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) team were up in Darwin, doing kitchen training with teachers or specialists, as 5 new schools have jumped on board the program in Darwin. I ran the program at Alawa Primary School for 3 years and was really happy to be asked to lunch and see what delights were being…

Seasonal Salads in Healthy Darwin

So many great things growing through the dry season, but you can feel the heat building- and it makes me want to share the harvest of the dry season in delicious recipes before they start to wilt and droop and we swap over to the delights of the wet season. Once again I have been…

Open Garden- Edible Eden

My friends Kate and Michael have opened their garden this weekend as part of the Darwin “Open Garden Scheme” at their family home. Their house is in my suburb of Alawa and show cases so well what you can do on a (large) suburban block. The house is an old school ground floor government brick house…

A Taste of The Tiwi- part two

The Tiwi islands really are a beautiful place and our time with the rangers was fantastic. Amongst other projects we also visited another farm near Milakarpati, this community has a barge less often and so fresh food is not as regularly received  The farm is owned by Tiwi enterprises and supplies food to the shop at…

A Taste of Tiwi

The Tiwi islands are just 80 km north of Darwin and in many ways a world away.  The islands consist of 2 islands- Bathurst (smaller) and Melville (larger) and have and always will be owned and governed by the Tiwi people, the land is split into 8 areas that are run by 8 family groups….

Healthy Darwin Workshops

Healthy Darwin is a program run through Darwin City Council and right now I am coordinating the kitchen and garden program. This runs for a couple of hours on a Wednesday for 6 weeks and covers the very basics of growing food plants and cooking local produce. The sessions alternate cooking one week, gardening the…

Local Food at the Community Village of Tropical Garden Festival

It’s that time again, the Tropical Garden festival is here and we are running an awesome community village, showcasing community, gardening and local food. It has a wonderful atmosphere and you can come along or contribute time, cake or culinary delights- please see below. The Tropical Garden Spectacular is coming up  on 1st and 2nd JUNE   and…

Eggplant Abundance

This versatile fruit, is a wonderful vegetable (yes it is a fruit technically and a vegetable in the culinary sense) coming in all different shapes and sizes, appropriate for different creations. As they grow all year, I have come to know and love them and cook them a thousand different ways. Even at Alawa Primary…

Let’s Go To Lakeside!

I have posted here before about Lakeside Drive Community Garden before. It is an amazing garden on Lakeside Drive, near Alawa, Rapid Creek and Milner. The garden is open to everyone, it was started by a student group at CDU and is developing with growing community involvement. I am now doing some work for the…

Snake Bean Open Garden

The Snake bean garden is a community garden at The George Brown Botanic Garden in Darwin. There are plots there that are available for people in the area to grow produce. I went along to their open day on Sunday and delicious cakes, coffees and local ice creams were being served and interesting talks given….