Grow your own vegies with the help of green-fingered folk
READER'S STORY: I recently met a lovely lady by the name of Anne Cattermole, whose leading a rethink on how we use science to improve the household vegie patch and our family's health.
Anne has started a soil mapping project for keen gardeners after recently returning from a permaculture program in NSW where she met Australians from all walks of life that were looking to improve their health by taking responsibility for the food they eat.
"I wasn't sure what to expect, but was interested to find that many who attended were professional people, investigating soils and self-sufficiency for health reasons," she said.
"While I was there I began reading Steve Solomon's 'Intelligent Gardener', a book borrowed from the shelves of the Hervey Bay library.
"The book highlights the link between healthy soil and personal performance," she said.
The combination of good reading material and enthusiastic individuals has helped inspire Anne to start a soil-testing group here in the bay, with the Transition Town Hervey Bay initiative.
"Every gardener knows that plants require certain minerals and nutrients to grow and be healthy,
"It's the same for people, when we eat fruit and vegetables that look fine but have been starved of these essential minerals; we feel fine for a while but we're actually slowly starving our body of some of its natural potential.
"The aim of the group is to help members test and improve their own soil and to learn more about measuring effective ways to produce nutrient dense food, sustainably.
"The simple message is 'you are what you eat' ".
The first soil testers meeting will be held at the Rainbow Gully Gardens, Kawungan, on the 5th of April between 8.30 and 11. All welcome.
For more information on the soil testing group, seed savers or joining a Transition Town Hervey Bay initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on facebook .