This year we have run almost weekly programs on permaculture to help create the garden and build skills. It has been a free program for students and local community that weaves together learning something new, getting in and doing some work in the garden, and preparing and sharing a feast from the garden.
|Now that the gardens are starting to grow and flower they are attracting more people and interest.|
For the last few sessions of the year I focussed on facilitating the design and implementation of a sensory garden. The garden will be filled with a diversity of culinary and medicinal herbs and other elements, that will stimulate all the senses. It is being established as a healing garden for the Occupational Therapy students to use in their clinics, but I imagine it will be a popular part of the garden for many visitors.
|Students were delighted to dig the first ever sweet potato grown in the campus garden.|
|While I was leading the sensory garden session, Maia decided to go and harvest the coriander seed, and Hugh took som herb cuttings and made up his own potted herb garden. |
|A working document capturing ideas from the group for the sensory garden area.|
|At the last gardening session, all of a sudden we were inundated by local kids so curious about what we were doing - they had so many questions and wanting to taste everything. Their enthusiasm was fabulous.|