Week 2 challenge – Grow your own! #tassievoregrower

This challenge is all about growing your own.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a gardening newbie who needs an extra excuse to get started – this is the challenge for you.

By sharing your photos and stories with us on facebook (#tassievoregrower) or emailing them to us at taslocavore@gmail.com you can go in the draw to win prizes from our friends at Good Life Permaculture and FIMBY so get amongst it (i.e. moist dirt and compost)!

Here’s what else we’ve got for you if you read on:fresh herbs

  • Why growing your own is so good
  • Tasmanian Growers Guide
  • Focus on: The Mulching Munchkins program #tassievorekids
  • Feature producer: 41° South Tasmania – Salmon and Ginseng
  • Feature food: Zucchini – Zucchini pizza base

Why is growing your own so good

If you still aren’t convinced here are some other reasons to get your hands dirty.

Growing your own fruit and vegetables:

  • Gives you more certainty about the food you eat – no hepatitis A scares in your backyard (we hope!).
  • Saves you money – provided you don’t buy too many fancy gardening tools or fashion wellies…
  • Actually counts as physical activity – unless you just have one of those alfalfa sprout trays…they probably aren’t that energy intensive.
  • Gives you a reason to compost and save the world by reducing food waste!

Plus you can take lots of photos of what you grow and use them as payback next time someone makes you sit through a slide show of their renovations.

No space? No worries!oregano caitlin

Herbs are very happy in pots and you can even grow other vegetables like tomatoes or zucchini. Thanks to our resident Tassievore balcony gardener Caitlin for this gorgeous snap of her thriving balcony oregano.


What to grow in Tasmania

No newsletter about growing your own food in Tasmania would be complete without a reference to our local patron saint of the veggie patch Peter Cundall. You can check out his growers guide here thanks to ABC local.

Focus on: The Mulching munchkins program #tassievorekids #tassievoregrower

There are some pretty awesome growing things going on in Tasmania’s Dorset region and the big movers and shakers aren’t really all that big.

Mulching Munchkins is a primary school food and agriculture program that teaches children about their food system and the role it plays in the wellbeing of their community.

mulch m tomato kaboom

Green-thumbs: tomatoes at Bridport Primary

MM (3) Rhubarb farm Dec 6 2013

Rhubarb farmer Jed Nicholls, with his ute full of rhubarb, teacher Deb Reid and some Mulching Munchkins.

The schools involved are Bridport Primary and Ringarooma Primary and the program supports students to become local food and farming experts. They not only learn about ‘paddock to plate’ but also about health, food security and the history of food production in the North East.

Activities in the classroom, school garden and at local farms teach the children about soil types, mulching, composting, planting, farm maintenance, food processing, transport and preparation. It all adds up to give the students a fantastic idea of what it might be like to be part of the next generation of farmers and food producers.

Originally funded by a Food for All Tasmanians grant in 2012 we are happy to report that Mulching Munchkins is still going strong and we can’t wait to see what those budding agriculturalists and food innovators come up with when they start their careers.

For more information contact Gretchen Long (03) 63525549 dorset@dhhs.tas.gov.au

For more information on our schools challenge #tassievorekids see the flyer.

New recipe alert!  Zucchini Pizza BaseZucch pizza base

Zucchini is a fantastic vegetable and very easy to grow but sometimes it’s easy to fall out of love when your zucchini plant over produces. We thought this tasty Zucchini Pizza Base recipe was a worthy addition to the list of regular recipes for using up a zucchini glut. Everyone needs a break from zucchini slice and zucchini cake at this end of the growing season after all.

Feature Producer

41° South Tasmania – Salmon and Ginseng

We think Tasmania is pretty special and unique but the team at 41°South are taking ‘special and unique’ to a whole new level.

41 degrees southNestled in northern Tasmania this beautiful farm raises salmon in a way that is easy on the environment. The salmon are raised in freshwater ponds for their whole lifecycle and the wastewater is filtered through a native wetland before being returned, in pristine condition, to the nearby rivulet.

These salmon are then processed into delicious products such as hot-smoked whole baby salmon and salmon rillettes. You don’t get much more special than that.

Now for unique: the farm also grows ginseng! Ginseng is a perennial plant prized for its fleshy roots that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is significant commitment involved in this crop as the roots are harvested only when the plant reaches 7-15 years! It’s worth checking out their Ginseng infused products if you are passing – they have honey, spice and tea.

You can also go in the draw to win a tour by sharing your #tassievoregrower pictures and stories with us via facebook or by emailing taslocavore@gmail.com.

Until next time, grow well.




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