Grow It Local, a fast growing digital community with a mission to help educate, support and inspire more people to grow, share and eat locally grown foods has announced a 3-year partnership with the Queensland Government via the planting of a ‘Parli-mintary’ garden at Queensland Parliament. 👌🏼🥬
Four varieties of mint were planted by Grow It Local cofounders Paul West and Darryl Nichols alongside Queensland Minister for the Environment and Great Barrier Reef Leanne Linard.
Everywhere is an opportunity to grow and eat fresh local food, from your windowsill to your backyard or local community garden.
“There are already 5,739 households, schools and community gardens registered with Grow It Local across Queensland who have 413,793 square metres under cultivation and whom are diverting 11,914 kilograms of food waste from landfill each week from their home composting activities” commented Grow It Local cofounder Darryl Nichols
Queensland Environment Minister, Leanne Linard commented; “Grow It Local aims to encourage the community to think holistically about food and waste and the role each of us can each play to live more sustainably.”
“The Queensland Government supports this initiative as it dovetails with our priorities in
reducing food waste and having local communities working together to help offset the impacts of climate change.”
More than three million tonnes of food is sent to landfill in Queensland each year, even though there is an increasing number of Queenslanders experiencing food insecurity. It is estimated that households spend between $2,000 to $2,500 per year on food that is ultimately wasted.
Paul West further noted “Grow It Local is about encouraging people to grow their own food, no matter how much or how little space and time they have.
It’s something everyone can do – whether you’ve got a suburban backyard or just a windowsill in the kitchen.
“Gardening, and all the physical and mental health benefits that come with it, is accessible to everyone, even if you start with just one plant.
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Grow It Local supporter Curtis Pitt closed proceedings by stating;
“Many people who drive or walk past Parliament House in the Brisbane central business district would be surprised to know that we have a small, edible garden, the produce of which is used by the chefs in our kitchen. This demonstrates that you can create an edible garden anywhere.
“I hope that through Grow It Local, more Queenslanders will become inspired and establish their own garden and realise the many benefits of growing food.”
See what’s growing on at growitlocal.com
Can you dig it?! ✌🏼❤️🌱