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Local food collective shares the abundance

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A Byron-based food collective has given a bumper crop of locally-grown veggies and fruit to the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre to help feed the community.

Julie Bartley and Laing Kerns-Stokes, with the harvest from Julie’s abundant garden. It was later donated to the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre. Photo Jeff ‘Garden Gnome Since 1986’ Dawson.

The Abundant Earth project made the donation earlier this month after a day of harvesting one of the veggie gardens they created at the home of local woman Julie Bartley.

The group aims to create food gardens in backyards across the Shire, generating enough food to feed not only the individual household, but hundreds of others across the community.

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

‘So far we’ve created three abundant earth gardens and donated one harvest to the neighbourhood centre,’  says group member Laing Kerns-Stokes

‘The aim is to increase community sovereignty and abundance by building gardens with a yield that is at least 10 per cent more than is needed by the individual household so that it can be shared with the community.’

The group is already planning its next planting day, on Saturday March 27, which will involve creating a herbal medicine garden at the home of a local woman.

‘She is hoping to brew medicine, teas, kmbuchas and more which she will share with the community,’ Mr Kerns-Stokes says.

‘She is already so engaged with community life and this will be another way to support her passions and give back to the community.

‘We need herbal medicine now more than ever.

‘So we’re inviting people to come and enjoy a day of earth magic, a birth of sacred intentions and community and have fun with us with our hands in the soil.’

For more information and to get involved visit the Abundant Earth Tribe Facebook page.

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