(Picture above is a model of the Food Forest by Tom Davies)
Being an Exemplar
The planet needs millions of good examples of sustainable design, to both show skeptics and enthusiasts how attainable environmentally responsible living can be, in every corner of the planet. Over the last few months The Food Forest has been visited by the SA State Premier Jay Weatherill, Minister of Agriculture & Regional Devlopment Gail Gago, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Tony Piccolo, and the judging panel for the State Food Awards.
The Food Forest team has been refining its productive species, its building techniques and its environmental restoration methods for 25 years and has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over the World to share what we have learned. It takes persistence but the payoff is accelerating. No longer is it a few friendly radicals that drop by. Whole schools now visit the property, universities have long requested guest lectures and tours but now the law makers are nibbling.
It is great to stand up and be counted; it may start by explaining your wicking bed to friends and neighbours or talking to your Council about the potential for a community gardenâ€¦ it all counts!