& NATIVE PLANTS
The Bush Food group meets the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. All members are welcome, as are guests. Apart from maintenance and development of the bush food areas and stands of native vegetation on site, sessions focus on mutual learning and sometimes action research (research through doing) in a friendly and supportive environment.
Over the last few years WCG has been exploring bush food plants that will grow and produce in our climate. We have been doing this in consultation with members of the Gunditjmara Co-op and also some bush food professional growers.
Initially this exploration led to the development of a bush food garden near the HUB building, but more recently this has expanded to trials of bigger plantings of things like murnong (Microseris lanceolata) which were once staples of indigenous agriculture in local areas.
Native plants have been a part of Australian gardening since the earliest colonial days. The empahis on general native plants at WCG is more closely focused on locally endemic species first, then natives more broadly after that.