In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, EdibleScapes harvested 35 times and delivered approximately 5200 litres (1500 kilograms) of fresh produce to Nerang Food Bank. This we grew in 400m2 of garden beds, achieving productivity of about 4kg per m2 of garden for the year.
This was only possible by employing biointensive growing methods, onsite production of organic solid and liquid biofertilisers, and the contribution of our volunteers; casual volunteers to gardening and composting work in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic and 24 participants in the Edible Garden Promoter program since July 2020.
Fertilisers for home growers
Ediblescapes_SE is the social enterprise that will enable Ediblescapes Inc. to self-fund our programs and create positive social impact for the Gold Coast community by influencing the transition towards ecological and equitable urban food systems.
To help home growers, Ediblescapes_SE has developed a solid biofertiliser, BIOLSOL, in a concentrated form for dilution into a dual-use liquid foliar spray and soluble soil fertiliser, BIOL. Just 3% of concentrated BIOLSOL will be sufficient to make a spray for a home garden.
Another solid form of BIOLSOL will be a bokashi-style product, designed for use with transplanted seedlings and periodical soil fertilisation.
Our 2021 aspirations and how you can help
Our objective in 2021 is to increase the garden area to 600m2, double the productivity of the beds and harvestenough produce to directly benefit 30 people per week.
We ask the organic growing community to support us in our bold objective – we want to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with you!
Become an Ediblescapes_SE Member and become a shareholder in the social enterprise.
As a member you will receive credit to exchange for BIOLSOL for your own use, as well as access to learning materials from our Edible Garden Promoter program.
The next intake for Edible Garden Promoters is Tuesday 16 March 2021. Register here for this free training program if you want to learn how to grow your own food and make your own compost.
The Edible Garden Promoter (EGP) program is part of our own course of learning for establishing home gardens in Gold Coast. One big takeaway from the 2020 intake is that participants need resources to be able to begin their home garden - materials like growing soil substrate, biofertilisers and so on.
This year, to enhance the experience for participants, the program will be associated with our social enterprise Ediblescapes_SE, in order to make growing resources available to them.
Permanent, open access food and medicinal herb gardens for the purpose of community learning and demonstration.
Chemical-free fertilisers and composts to feed our soil, plants and fruit trees, developed using organic waste from the local community.
Harvested food delivered to the local emergency food bank to give vulnerable people better access to nutrient-rich, fresh food.
The principal services of EdibleScapes are developing Public Edible Landscape Gardens, Community Composting and community education programs on urban food ecology.
Allowing experimentation to learn from doing, and allowing volunteer participation. Also, it permits experimentation with edible communal models while a permanent food forest garden is growing.
Through public workshops and garden events, the wider community can be exposed to information and training in the ecological cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants and spices.
Ecological relationships, creatively proposing new possibilities for coexistence, sustainability, and healing.
(Sustainable Urban Food) to acquire appropriate local food growing knowledge and adapt food technology to the local urban context. Cooperate, research, experiment and communicate food ecological knowledge.
(Community based-social enterprise owned by Ediblescapes Inc)
Trading in food ecology and sustainable food grown biofertiliser products and services. A means of self-help and creating resources to establish and maintain public or semi-public edible gardens.
Our mission is to support, promote and provide education about community based, ecologically sustainable food production and distribution. We acknowledge the Kombumerri people that are the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we grow food and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.