Struggling with the cost of living? The 2023 Sydney Edible Garden Trail has the answer

With the rising cost of living, and food rising 5.8 percent due to soaring prices*, are you feeling the pinch? The Sydney Edible Garden Trail (SEGT) aims to empower you to take control of your food supply and reduce your dependence on expensive store-bought produce.

The most cost-effective way to start is to grow high-yield crops such as beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs. A lemon tree is also an attractive and useful addition. Growing perennials (plants that live more than one year) is another option for time-poor gardeners. And there’s also the humble choko, the tofu of the vegetable family, which can be used for entrees, soups, mains AND desserts!

By growing your own food, you can not only save money but you’ll feel better too. It offers an opportunity for physical activity and stress relief, promoting overall well-being. Homegrown produce ensures access to food free from harmful pesticides and additives, contributing to better health outcomes. Growing your own food helps reduce the CO2 emissions from the production, transportation, and excess packaging of store-bought produce. This helps you play a crucial role at a local level in mitigating climate change and creating a more sustainable future.

Feeling daunted about not knowing where to start? We’re here to help!

If you’re interested in visiting gardens, ticket holders gain access to all listed gardens across Metropolitan Sydney, with many gardens offering guided tours, plants for purchase, and a host of demonstrations such as composting, for example, how to keep bees and chickens. Find more information about each individual garden here (https://sydneyediblegardentrail.com/gardens/).

You’ll learn about sustainable practices such as mulching for water conservation, recycling, composting to increase soil fertility and reduce landfill, planting to encourage bees, home food production to increase food security, organic growing techniques to reduce chemical use, and ideas for those in rental situations and smaller spaces. Sooo many things!

Some gardens will also have seeds and plants for purchase, to start off your own veggie patch.

As we navigate these uncertain times, together, we can create a resilient and self-sufficient society while promoting a healthier planet.

This is a community not-for-profit event with all profits going to school and community edible gardens, yet another reason to visit! Early bird ticket pricing ends August 31st so save some cash and buy your tickets now! (https://events.humanitix.com/sydney-edible-garden-trail-2023-nov-4th-and-5th)

rising cost of living? grow your own food