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More fun things to do at the Migration Museum
Food Gardeni9ng - The Zucchini Plant is Easy to Grow
Eat Your Words is a series of free public talks at the Migration Museum about the history of food gardening in South Australia. The Eat Your Words talks complement the Losing the Plot Exhibition currently on display at the museum.
While the indigenous people of Australia adapted thousands of years to survive in this arid land, European settlers were faced with enormously different growing conditions from their original homelands. They quickly learned to plant or perish.
The European colony in South Australia survived, and new migrants brought with them a whole new variety of of cultivation techniques and plants for use in food gardening. These were adapted for our local climate and conditions, and are now part of South Australia's rich multicultural heritage.
During February the Migration Museum is holding Eat Your Words - four free weekly talks looking at different aspects of food gardening in SA. The talks will be entertaining, interactive and and topical. Arrive at all sessions at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start, and the talk will last about one hour. Come to one, or come to them all - but do remember to book online first.
Marchiori Family in Their Market Gardens at Kidman Park 1945 (Image: State Library SA)
Wednesday 3 February at 5.15pm - presenter Madeleine Regan From the Veneto to Frogmore and Findon Roads: Stories of Italian Market Gardeners, 1920s – 1970s Kidman Park and Flinders Park in Adelaide's western suburbs were the source of a great deal of our food produce for many years, with vast market gardens taking advantage of the fertile soil. This talk draws upon the memories of market gardeners and their families who pioneered food gardening in the area. Book here to attend.
Wednesday February 10 at 5.15pm - presenter: Karen Montgomery Nature's Fertilisers and Other Free Garden Gifts Karen will talk you through the process of recycling waste plants to make fertiliser, so that you can grow your own food organically. Find out how to compost and make healthy teas for your plants, and discover the benefits of a worm farm. Book here to attend.
Cauliflower Grown With Sulphate of Ammonia in 1923 (Image: State Library SA)
Wednesday February 17 at 5.15pm - presenter: Sophie Thomson Old Fashioned Gardening Wisdom – Just as Relevant Today Were your grandparents right when they showed you how to garden? Or do we have the benefit of modern fertilisers and pesticides that make the old ways irrelevant? Popular TV presenter Sophie will look at how old fashioned garden practices can hold the key to beautiful productive gardens with fewer pest and disease problems. Book here to attend.
Desert Quandong: Native Plants Make Great Bush Tucker (Image: John Moss, Wikipedia)
Wednesday February 24 at 5.15pm - presenter: Neville Bonney Kaurna Plants and Use
The Kaurna peoples of the Adelaide region have utilised native plants for centuries. Which plants did they use? And how were they used before European settlement and after? Neville will present samples of Kaurna plants and describe their uses for craft, ceremony, medical, hunting and food. Also, learn how you can grow native Kaurna plants in home gardens today. Book here to attend.