Perpetual Food Bowl Initiative

Have you ever toyed with the idea of growing a little of your own food but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you don’t have much space? We have just the package for you – introducing our new Perpetual Food Bowl Kit! This exciting new project is designed to encourage and support novice gardeners to have a go at growing some food in their own space and it is wholly funded by Slow Food Hunter Valley.

We have put together a collection of six vegetable seeds that are quite easy to grow and will produce a basic salad over the summer months. Each kit contains a few of each seed variety and some simple, helpful tips about how to grow these seeds. All you need to do is provide a couple of good-sized pots with some excellent potting mix or a little patch of soil in a sunny spot with simple climbing support and start planting.

The seeds in the kit are a summer selection and includes rocket – a tasty peppery quick growing salad leaf, lettuce, cucumber and climbing beans, cherry tomatoes and silver beet. Each of the seed varieties are packed separately inside the information wrapper.

Not only are these seeds easy to grow, but they also produce food that is attractive to children, especially the bright red cherry tomatoes, juicy beans, and crunchy cool cucumbers. Ruth our designer and researcher, discovered that these three varieties are particularly popular purchases, and we know that they taste so much better when freshly picked, while the sugars are still high.

The Perpetual Food Bowl Kits are available from the Seed Library Stall at the Slow Food Earth Maitland which is held on the first and third Thursday in the Shared Space in the Levee from February until December. The Slow Food volunteers have packed 50 kits in this first rollout and any excess kits will be available at the Maitland Seed Library

For this first rollout, we have sourced most of the seeds from Greenpatch at Taree. We are encouraging our Perpetual Food Bowl growers to save seeds from their crops if possible and donate them to the Seed Library so that in the future we can use our library stocks for the kits. Some instructions on how to save the seeds of the summer collection are included in the information sheet. We are planning a winter Perpetual Food Bowl kit which will be ready for late summer planting.

We would love to see your growing journey and successes! Send any photos and stories to our slowfoodhuntervalley@gmail.com address or send a message to our Facebook page