The Samford Edible Garden Trail 2023
We are a volunteer-based, not-for-profit group, and we channel our profits back into our community to support our mission for inspiring people to grow and support locally grown food. We are proud to be seed funding the establishment of the Samford Community Garden.
- To share information about backyard edible gardening, with the intent to inspire people to grow food in their own backyards
- To share information about our local small-scale growers, with the intent that more people would support buying food locally
- To make a positive contribution to the promotion of Samford and surrounds as a region that values sustainability, locally grown food, and community
It started with four local women who got together in 2019 and asked - why isn't there an open garden scheme for edible gardens in Australia? Could we do one here in Samford Valley - after all it is such a perfect place to grow food? What do you think?
The original organising crew consisted of four women - Susanne Engelhard, Christine King, Ceri Benson, and Vanessa Spotswood. They pulled their crazy plan together over zoom in the thick of COVID lockdowns, and met each other for the first time in person at their first garden visit in May 2020!
They filmed interviews and tours around local edible gardens and uploaded them to Facebook and Youtube - figuring it all out as they went along. To their surprise, their humble videos were being watched by people all around the world who were loving seeing the range of edible gardens, as well as the stunning scenery of the Samford Valley. By the end of 2020, they had visited 29 gardens, not just in Samford Valley, but across south-east Queensland, and even as far north as Mackay.
In 2021, the organising crew expanded and the Trail became an annual event consisting of open edible gardens, cafes showcasing locally grown food, market stalls and other activities.
Our Sponsors and Supporters
We gratefully acknowledge 997 Bridge FM as a proud media supporter of The Edible Garden Trail for 2022.
We offer our thanks to Councillor Grimwade, and Moreton Bay Regional Council for a grant received in 2020 to purchase camera equipment for our virtual Trail.