From growing nameko mushrooms on logs to exploring beautiful edible landscaping plants, creating a more sustainable food system is not just about growing our own food. It's about diversifying the types of food we eat and grow too.
Edible Landscapes in Finsbury Park, London, is a community project that aims to introduce new gardeners to growing food, and introduce old hands to growing new types of food. Incorporating public demonstration beds, a fruit tree grafting project, and a greenhouse space, the project holds regular work days and hosts numerous youth groups and other community organizations.Jo Homan of Edible Landscapes/Transition Finsbury Park has a guest post over at Transition Culture on how Edible Landscapes is challenging the mindsets of even the most experienced gardener:
It’s a brisk Autumnal Monday morning. I’m at Edible Landscapes London, an offshoot of Transition Finsbury Park. This is the cutting edge of no-dig, agroforestry, predominantly perennial and definitely low-maintenance gardening and our practice challenges conventional gardening wisdom. I’m talking about deeply ingrained habits of digging and tidiness. Tell a trad gardener that they’re working too hard, that they don’t need to dig every year or remove every weed to the compost heap and it’s like whipping the (strictly manicured) lawn from under their feet. They wince and clutch onto the spade handle more tightly. Then something shifts … they pause and blink. The inner re-set button has been pressed.
And here's a short video on how the "re-education" process works: