Ediblescapes halted its social food program in 2022. They now invite food crisis stakeholders to visit the Ediblescapes “permagarden” to explore and embrace the idea for replication so that the Gold Coast can increase its capacity for urban food growing, create new employment opportunities and improve access to food for all.
EdibleScapes is an ecological treasure trove cultivating an edible food forest garden for communities to enjoy. Situated in the foothills of the Gold Coast hinterland at the Country Paradise Parklands, this unique site is designed to inspire, educate, and respond to the call for a Food and Ecology Interpretative Centre.
EdibleScapes is a volunteer-driven organisation that services local communities with experiential organic fruit and vegetables and provides opportunities to learn about and participate in ecologically sustainable urban food culture.
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.
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.