Edible Precinct

AUSTRALIA’S largest edible precinct is set to open at Mac Point with European species planted alongside native bush foods to begin the story of reconciliation.

Mac Point is teaming up with Gardening Australia personalities Tino Carnevale and Angus Stewart and horticulturalist Kris Schaffer .

“So many cultures around the world have food as a focal point that brings the community together and Tasmanian Aboriginal (palawa) culture is no different,” Ms Schaffer said.

“We want to use food, including Tasmanian bush foods and introduced species to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration, sharing and reconciliation.

“Not only does Tasmanian bush food have some amazing flavours that most people have never tasted before, there are plenty of examples where the Tasmanian natives have health benefits like pain relief and it’s really exciting to be able to share more of our culture with the wider Tasmanian community at Mac Point.”

The precinct will be open to the public from early next year and will also be used by nearby restaurants who want to make Tasmanian bush foods the hero of some of their signature dishes.

Author of Grow You Own: How to be an urban farmer, Mr Stewart said: “Tasmania’s environment is completely unique and I think even avid gardeners and native plant enthusiasts will be completely amazed by the kaleidoscope of colours, flavours and scents of the natives in the edible precinct. Blending natives with European plants will enhance the whole experience and make the edible precinct like no other garden I know.”

The edible precinct is at the vanguard of urban farming and will demonstrate best practice in terms of closed loop gardening and recycling organic waste. For example worm farms will use grain from Hobart Brewing Company to produce nutrients for the rest of the precinct.

Gardener Tino Carnevale said he was delighted to be involved in the project.

“Planning a garden like this, developing the ideas and sharing a passion with other people has been a remarkable experience. We want to bring people together and through gardening and through food help celebrate what makes Tasmania such a special place.”

Mac Point CEO Mary Massina said that edible precinct was the perfect fit for the site.

“Mac Point is about bringing the community together and this is another example of how we are opening up the site. While it may not have the size or scale of some of the developments that we are working on for the site, it’s no less significant because it will help tell a story and be a real point of difference for Mac Point.”

Ms Massina said that construction of the edible precinct was in full swing with more than 150 planter boxes on the site adjacent to the Long.House creative hub. The edible precinct will continue landscaping throughout the site, particularly along the Evans St side of the site, the cycleway and in Red Square.

AUSTRALIA’S largest edible precinct is set to open at Mac Point with European species planted alongside native bush foods to begin the story of reconciliation.

Mac Point is teaming up with Gardening Australia personalities Tino Carnevale and Angus Stewart and horticulturalist Kris Schaffer .

“So many cultures around the world have food as a focal point that brings the community together and Tasmanian Aboriginal (palawa) culture is no different,” Ms Schaffer said.

“We want to use food, including Tasmanian bush foods and introduced species to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration, sharing and reconciliation.

“Not only does Tasmanian bush food have some amazing flavours that most people have never tasted before, there are plenty of examples where the Tasmanian natives have health benefits like pain relief and it’s really exciting to be able to share more of our culture with the wider Tasmanian community at Mac Point.”

The precinct will be open to the public from early next year and will also be used by nearby restaurants who want to make Tasmanian bush foods the hero of some of their signature dishes.

Author of Grow You Own: How to be an urban farmer, Mr Stewart said: “Tasmania’s environment is completely unique and I think even avid gardeners and native plant enthusiasts will be completely amazed by the kaleidoscope of colours, flavours and scents of the natives in the edible precinct. Blending natives with European plants will enhance the whole experience and make the edible precinct like no other garden I know.”

The edible precinct is at the vanguard of urban farming and will demonstrate best practice in terms of closed loop gardening and recycling organic waste. For example worm farms will use grain from Hobart Brewing Company to produce nutrients for the rest of the precinct.

Gardener Tino Carnevale said he was delighted to be involved in the project.

“Planning a garden like this, developing the ideas and sharing a passion with other people has been a remarkable experience. We want to bring people together and through gardening and through food help celebrate what makes Tasmania such a special place.”

Mac Point CEO Mary Massina said that edible precinct was the perfect fit for the site.

“Mac Point is about bringing the community together and this is another example of how we are opening up the site. While it may not have the size or scale of some of the developments that we are working on for the site, it’s no less significant because it will help tell a story and be a real point of difference for Mac Point.”

Ms Massina said that construction of the edible precinct was in full swing with more than 150 planter boxes on the site adjacent to the Long.House creative hub. The edible precinct will continue landscaping throughout the site, particularly along the Evans St side of the site, the cycleway and in Red Square.

  • This survey provides a few questions about our Edible Precinct at Mac Point. It will only take 1- 2 minutes to complete.

    With your input, we can gain a better understanding of the community’s thoughts about the precinct and what we can do to make it a better place for you and everyone visiting.

    Thank you.

    This survey provides a few questions about our Edible Precinct at Mac Point. It will only take 1- 2 minutes to complete.

    With your input, we can gain a better understanding of the community’s thoughts about the precinct and what we can do to make it a better place for you and everyone visiting.

    Thank you.

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