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Pouring rain did little to dampen the spirits of the Abundant Earth Tribe over the weekend, with more than a dozen volunteers from the group diving in to create two food gardens in the Shire’s north.

Driven by the goal of creating a self-sustaining community food network, on Saturday the volunteers from the project created garden beds full of seedlings at homes in Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

From left, Toby Tumis-Plant, Theresa Green, Bra, Julie Bartley and Laing Kerns-Stokes. Photo Jeff ‘Off Grid And Planet Since 1986’ Dawson

Abundant Earth aims to create food gardens in backyards across the Shire, creating enough food to feed not only the household but hundreds of others across the community.

Free of charge

The Tribe works free of charge, and asks only that those hosting the gardens continue to help maintain them and remain willing to share.

‘It’s raining pretty heavily, but a group of dedicated volunteers have come,’ said Laing Kerns-Stokes, one of the group’s members. 

‘So far we’ve planted five beds and back-laid some sleepers. 

‘We’re all pretty soaked but we’re elated at what we’ve created here today. 

‘So many cool plants, such a cool garden. Soon it’ll be ready for harvest’.

Many of the seedlings for Saturday’s garden blitz were donated by a local.

The idea behind the project is the desire to create an abundant, resilient food system that is based on, and builds, local communities, as opposed to the current commercially-driven model.

Food sovereignty 

‘We also see this as an opportunity to connect to other projects that are involved in creating food sovereignty’, says group member, Isabella Petrova, whose home in Mullumbimby hosted the project’s first food garden.

The group has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the materials needed to create the gardens, which is under the name Abundant Earth Project.

It is also calling for donations of tools and welcomes any community member who would like to volunteer their time and energy.


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