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Celebrating Kitchen Gardens SA

Celebrating Kitchen Gardens SA

Date posted: 13 June 2016

Thank you from Kitchen Gardens SA!

Today marked the final Kitchen Gardens SA e-newsletter, which has promoted the development of kitchen gardens in homes, schools and communities since its inception by the Botanic Gardens of South Australia with support from Santos in 2011.

But while the greater Kitchen Garden Initiative – which also included garden support, outreach, advice and the Kitchen Gardens SA website – has now come to a close, it’s important to celebrate the immense wins the program achieved in its five years. These include:

  • Directly supporting more than 50 South Australian community gardens, benefiting more than 2,200 people annually.
  • Distributing a, most recently, fortnightly e-newsletter containing resources and opportunities to more than 1,900 passionate subscribers.
  • Maintaining the Kitchen Gardens SA website to provide authoritative horticultural advice, a South Australian community garden map and statewide events calendar, visited more than 3,000 times per month.
  • Supporting the delivery of more than 50 capacity-building workshops for school and community gardens, attended by more than 1,000 people.
  • Providing support and advice to more than 600 kitchen gardening enquiries from the public.
  • Organising kitchen garden events including October’s Kitchen Garden Month and School Holiday Program activities at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with the initiative throughout the journey – we’ve been touched by your passion and commitment to kitchen gardening!

For those signed up to the e-newsletter – the next one you receive will look a bit different. The Botanic Gardens of South Australia e-newsletter contains news, event information and general gardening tips. If you’re not keen to receive these emails, hit “unsubscribe” at the bottom.

If you’d like to continue to receive great resources on kitchen gardening, the Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden (which has just celebrated its first birthday) distributes a monthly e-newsletter to inboxes, containing fun facts, tips, recipes and more. Bookings are open for the Little Sprouts Visiting Program for pre-school and junior primary school classes, and don’t forget to check out the Little Sprouts monthly blog too.

Similarly the Botanic Gardens of South Australia’s Around the Gardens Blog often contains gardening advice and handy resources, while bookings are open for the Gardens’ upcoming Get Growing Masterclass (24 July) guides you through establishing your own organic fruit and vegetable garden.

Content on the Kitchen Gardens SA website will remain online for a few months as a resource before the site is closed down. Some of this content will be moved to the Botanic Gardens of South Australia website.

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