Date posted: 21 July 2014
For the first time the Botanic Gardens of South Australia will have a stall on the Yellow Brick Road at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show.
Between 5 and 14 September Yellow Brick Road participants can discover heirloom corn, collect a growing kit to take home, and register to become inaugural City Corn Crop farmers.
Following previous success with wheat and barley the 2014 City Crop will be planted with heirloom sweet corn and for the first time children will be the farmers, planting and harvesting the crop.
Director of the Botanic Gardens, Stephen Forbes says this exciting project will help connect children with food and its production.
“The Yellow Brick Road is the beginning of the adventure, those who participate will be able to join us in Adelaide Botanic Garden to plant more than 1,200 heirloom corn seeds and return again early next year to harvest delicious sweet corn fresh from the garden,” Mr Forbes said.
“The City Crop gives children the opportunity to get hands on in the garden, discover the joy of growing fresh produce and learn the skills required to grow healthy food at home.”
The City Corn Crop project brings a little bit of the country to Adelaide’s CBD and educates urban communities about the importance of agriculture.
“Some may be surprised to know the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society was instrumental in the formation of Adelaide Botanic Garden on its current site and held their first Shows adjacent to where the garden stands today,
“To celebrate their 175th anniversary, and our historical connection, we thought 2014 was the perfect year for the Botanic Gardens to join the Yellow Brick Road and share our common values with the community,” Mr Forbes said.
For more information and to follow the project please subscribe to the City Crop e-Newsletter, read the City Crop blog or visit the Botanic Gardens of South Australia website, botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/adelaidecitycrop.
Thanks to our City Corn Crop supporters for helping to make this project possible, The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society, ElectraNet and The Diggers Club.