You may have seen my previous post on this topic, Exploring Bushfood: Visiting CERES.
Today I visited Edendale Farm with my family to have a look at the animals and see what they’re doing with edibles.
Edendale Farm is in Eltham, 24 kms north of Melbourne’s CBD, and is a community environment farm with a focus on education. It runs with the support of 35 volunteers and it looks like they do a great job. Here are some highlights:
Chooks with funny names
An amazing sculpture made with colourful children’s toys
Some curiosities in the reception area
An example of a swale being used to grow food
And a vegetable spiral
And what of the indigenous nursery?
I found just one example of bushfood on display, but it looks like a strong contender. Interestingly enough, it is a shade plant and produces small, edible berries.
Here is the native raspberry (rubus parvifolius).
And short summary of the plant
I’ll do some further research to make sure there are no surprises or anything that might cause an issue, but this would be nice if I could find the right shady spot on my garden for it.
Has anyone tasted this or grown it in their garden?
Given the size, it might even work in a trough-style planter. Adding this plant would be a way to apply permaculture principle #10: use and value diversity.