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Saibai Island gardens project blending traditional and contemporary styles

Date posted: 12 November 2013

Two community gardens have been established on Saibai, one of the Torres Strait Islands, in response to concerns about the availability of fresh produce on the island.

The gardens showcase two very different styles; one of the gardens is a traditional Torres Strait Islands food crop garden growing mainly root vegetables, the other is a contemporary garden showcasing cultivation of non-traditional crops not grown on the island before, such as summer fruits, herbs, salad crops, corn, ginger, garlic, onion and potatoes.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Chairman, Mr Joseph Elu, said the gardens will serve two important purposes - creating a model for other communities and providing fresh local food. 'The community gardens at Saibai will blend our traditional gardening with contemporary horticultural practices so the community can see a wider range of garden produce and maybe learn to grow them too,' said Mr Elu.

The project was a result of collaboration between the Saibai Mura Buway (TSI) Corporation, the Seven Clans of Saibai Island, TSRA’s Land and Sea Management Unit staff including Mura Buway Rangers and Regional Landcare Facilitator, George Saveka.

Source: Torres Strait Regional Authority


Last updated: 13 November 2013
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