Nature’s bounty in ECU Joondalup’s uni garden

Students Justin King, Ngaire Powell and Sam Martyn with Carla Weir, from Gaia's |Organic Gardens. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d446551
Students Justin King, Ngaire Powell and Sam Martyn with Carla Weir, from Gaia's |Organic Gardens. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d446551

AN abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs are ready for the picking in Joondalup.

The Edith Cowan University student garden is bursting with produce, but those involved said many people did not know it existed.

The garden was established in 2013 by the student guild and Enactus ECU to create a space for students where they could plant and harvest their own food.

Student Ngaire Powell has helped manage the garden since it was built and said she enjoyed getting her hands dirty.

“It’s something people don’t always do in their day-to-day lives,” she said.

“There’s something really satisfying about planting something, watching it grow, then taking it home and eating it.”

Carla Weir, who runs Wanneroo business Gaia’s Organic Gardens, has been helping the students manage the garden over the past six months. They hold regular maintenance, harvest and preparation days, which are open to everyone.

“The students are really behind it and learning lots of new things,” she said.

“Many students are time and money poor, so it’s a good way for them to have access to fresh veggies.

“I believe everyone should have access to fresh, organic produce.”

The final preparation day for the year was held last week and the garden was brimming with produce such as onions, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, corn, spinach, edible flowers, basil, dill and camomile.

People are encouraged to take what they need from the garden, which is located outside Building 10 and behind Slice of Italy café at ECU Joondalup.

To help with maintenance, find ECU Student Garden on Facebook.