Edible plants to be harvested at park

Invercargill City Council landscape asset planner Sheryll Ashton (left) and Queens Park team leader Leigh McAulay show off some of the silverbeet council has grown, which will be given out at a public harvest day next Thursday. Photo: Supplied

A NEW initiative to grow edible gardens in some of Invercargill’s parks will be showcased at a public harvest day next Thursday.

Invercargill City Council (ICC) parks and recreation staff have been experimenting growing edible plants this year, with silverbeet now ready to pick.

The managed harvest will be held at Queens Park on Thursday, October 14, from 1pm-2pm.

ICC parks and recreation staff will be on hand to harvest the silverbeet and distribute it to the public attending.

The garden to be harvested is about halfway between the Feldwick Gates and the band rotunda.

ICC is part of the Murihiku Kai Collective, a group of like-minded organisations working together with the aim of creating a robust food system. The Kai Collective was created following a co-design project facilitated by Healthy Families Invercargill which revealed significant and deep-seated challenges with the food system in Southland.

ICC manager parks planning Lesley McCoy said the aim of the harvest day was to share produce grown by the council and hopefully inspire people to try something new.

Healthy Families Invercargill systems innovator Rochelle Francis said the public harvest day was an excellent initiative for ICC to be involved in and it would help the whole Kai Collective understand more about growing food for community use on public land.

“It’s also about improving access to fresh produce and inspiring whanau to grow their own.

“We all need to work together to create a robust food system here in Murihiku, so that everyone has access to good, nutritious kai.”