Food to nourish your body

A WHOLESOME APPROACH: Andrew Barker of Grow Free is among the people in the community helping cultivate foods that are nourishing and readily available.

A WHOLESOME APPROACH: Andrew Barker of Grow Free is among the people in the community helping cultivate foods that are nourishing and readily available.

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One of the community groups participating in this year’s Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival is Grow Free.

The Grow Free community has been busy putting together seed packets which will be included in the attendee gift bags, and potting seedlings to give away at the festival.

Grow Free will also be supplying some home-grown produce, which will be used by Sprout in their cooking demonstrations on the day.

Make sure you visit the interactive ‘Grow Free’ outdoor exhibit at this year’s festival and find out more about this thriving community group.

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Grow Free is a group that is dedicated to making our food locally grown, organic and free.

Essentially, the way it has been for eons, as supermarkets are only very new to our human repertoire.

This is not a new idea; this is a return to a more natural way of growing, eating and sharing our food.

Society is malleable; nothing is set in stone. If we work together, we can create a world based on values that we prefer, rather than the mostly destructive ones handed down to us.

Currently, we mostly eat food – a very poor, very deficient representation. We should be eating food: the real deal.

We are working toward this goal through many different ways. We give away free heirloom/organic veggie, herb and flower seedlings, and help people to setup their gardens to grow for themselves and others.

We have set up around eight ‘sharing carts’ so far in the Fleurieu where people can drop off their surplus produce, eggs, preserves, and the like, and others can pick up whatever they like from them.

We run workshops and working bees, all free of charge, and have many small programs dedicated to making our food free.

We participate in Café Crozier, a meals program at the Salvation Army, and are creating another sharing meals program, where individuals can cook at home for others who may be very busy, or juggling kids and work.

Our group is growing and spreading all the time, with chapters starting in other parts of the country, as well as internationally now.

Essentially, this group is about creating a more cohesive, healthy and happy community.

Food is a great medium to cultivate creativity, to be healthy, to take our power back from external influences and to show that we care for, and love each other.

Just imagine how many social problems would remain if our food was free and healthy.

We may not see the fruits of our labour come to fruition in our generation, but we can begin the process for our kids and future generations to live in a world of abundance.