Kith, Kin + An Urban Wander

It's no secret that the kids from Milford Lodge hold a special spot in the Urban Food Street heart.  Located on the boundary of the Urban Food Street neighbourhood, Milford Lodge kids have been visiting our verges for several years. Exploring the verges through sensory learning, the kids are regularly invited to pick, plant and taste the fresh spray free fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that grow along the suburban verges. Four times a year we welcome them on a special early morning walk with their kith and kin. Mums, dads, grans, grandads, carers + big and little siblings wander the food abundant streets, whilst  kids recount positive memories of experiences that they've previously had along the way.   Memories of picking mandarins, tasting cherry tomatoes or harvesting rosellas are relived as generations connect over a common interest relating to fresh spray free food growing in the public realm of the suburban setting.  Fruits and vegetables are demystified, as kids who connect to the experience of harvesting a guava from the tree tinker with the idea of exploring the taste of the bounty in hand. These kids know that the fresh food that they eat grows on a plant or is plucked from the ground. Last Friday we held the first kith and kin walk for 2016.   Here are a few of our favourite photos.

Jnr. urban farmers harvest beautiful guava's from the verge tree. Everyone learns how to pick.

Jnr. urban farmers harvest beautiful guava's from the verge tree. Everyone learns how to pick.

Exploring the only street of verge grown miniature bananas in Queensland.

Exploring the only street of verge grown miniature bananas in Queensland.

Explaining the art of growing dragon fruit.

Explaining the art of growing dragon fruit.

Testing the progress of the verge grown turmeric.  Not quite ready, the rhizome needs more time to develop.

Testing the progress of the verge grown turmeric.  Not quite ready, the rhizome needs more time to develop.