· Alison Drover, from Slow Food Sydney
· and our very own Clarence Slockee MCing, chatting about this and that, and discussing the finer points of bush foods and local plants.
"It's entirely appropriate to eat in the gardens. Life, and food, depend on plants. Plants get the energy from the sun and we either eat them or something that ate them first.
"Slow food also fits perfectly with our approach to gardening. Not that we don’t work hard, but gardens take a long time to grow. This one - 193 years, so far… Plant small trees, watch them grow (and they will become better established, safer and longer-living) and treat garden as changing environment, not an instant product.
"And do plant things you like. It’s also appropriate to serve local food, bush food… We encourage growing local plants in your garden, or plants that won’t harm the local environment. - three rules for gardens - no toxic chemicals to survive, not escape into bush, (usually) low water.
"Carlo Petrini and the Slow Foot movement stress that food should be good, clean and fair. We believe gardens should be very good, they should not harm the environment and plant growers and our horticulturalists should get fair compensation for their work!"