Vegie demo to beat flood crops shortages

A special demonstration is being held this Saturday at the Manly Vale Community Garden, to prepare home gardeners for the coming impact of vegetable shortages caused by the flood damage to Queensland crops.

With some produce prices about to soar, the Manly Vale Community Garden volunteers have added a timely session to the garden’s Saturday morning workshop program.

‘Planting to beat the shortages’ will be a simple demonstration for the novice or out-of-practice home gardener, about keeping up a good supply of seasonal vegetables to make up for the predicted scarcities and price rises set to hit northern beaches in autumn and winter.

The session will be presented by former Permaculture North education officer, Penny Goldin, a community garden member who lives at Queenscliff.

“The Queensland floods are just one example of the impact beyond our control on food production that can have serious consequences,” said Warringah Councillor Virginia Laugesen, who brought the Manly Vale Community Garden project to Council.

“One goal of the worldwide community garden movement is to prepare and empower families for food shortages brought about by climate change, oil shortages and natural disasters,” said Cr Laugesen.

Registration is encouraged by email to with the subject line “Floods demo, MEC”.

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