We live in an age where we are increasingly disconnected from the food we eat. Children often grow up believing that our food – vegetables, fruit and meat – comes from the supermarket.
Paul and Robin believe it is important to change that. Conventional food often travels great distances and uses lage quantities of water as well as fertiliser and pesticides. This is not a healthy or sustainable way to produce our food.
All of us can improve the quality of our lives by connecting more closely with the food we eat.
Paul and Robin head up Urban Shepherd. They are passionate about growing vegetables and fruit at home. Paul is a certified Permaculture Designer with over 40 years experience gardening at home and as a nursery apprentice. A former teacher, Robin founded and ran the first wholesale and retail herb and cottage plant nursery in Tasmania. She is President of Sustainable Macleod, which operates the Macleod Organic Community Garden and in 2016 was made Banyule Local Hero at the Sustainability Awards.
Permaculture design informs the edible garden work they do. A permaculture approach means thinking wholistically about our edible garden and the way we place and integrate a variety of elements in our garden. It extends beyond the food we eat, to the way we live our lives and our relationship to others and ourselves.
They especially enjoy teaching aspiring gardeners, from families on suburban blocks to urban apartment-dwellers, about the value of being able to grow the food we eat.
Both of them are happy to share his knowledge about every aspect of growing your own fruit and vegetables. As former teachers, they enjoy helping parents and children discover the excitement of growing, harvesting and preparing their food.