Indigenous plants in food gardens
This is a COVID safe event. Masks must be worn indoors and check in is required. Participants must show proof of double vaccination upon attendance.
Generously funded by a Nillumbik Shire Council ‘History and Heritage’ grant
Supported by Local Food Connect
About the workshop
Many people feel they need to remove non-edible vegetation to make way for orchards or vegetable gardens; however, there are a wealth of reasons for retaining indigenous plants in home food-production syste
ms. Local plant species are not only an important part of Nillumbik’s Indigenous history, they’re imperative to the health of our unique natural ecosystems.
Join environmental educator Lisa Moloney to hear a little about the history and importance of Nillumbik’s indigenous flora, and its myriad traditional and modern-day uses. Learn how indigenous plants can be incorporated as useful and productive elements of the home vegetable garden or orchard, including as:
- sun/wind protection
- biodiversity promotion
- nutrient accumulation
- habitat for beneficial insects and garden predators
- creating microclimates.
This workshop will begin with a talk in the Lounge of the Hurstbridge Hub, followed by a short walk and talk to view and discuss Nillumbik’s indigenous flora.
About the presenter
Lisa Moloney has worked as an environmental education officer with the City of Whitehorse, and as an education officer for Reconciliation Victoria. She’s provided environmental and bushland education for all manner of groups, including nature play for 2 to 4 year olds, bush kinder, school excursions, and guided walks with adults. She’s a qualified secondary teacher in the areas of science, biology, agriculture, and horticulture. Lisa is passionate about the natural environment and Aboriginal ecological knowledge.