FoodFaith’s first “Planting Seeds” garden finds fertile ground

FoodFaith's Planting Seeds garden launch on March 9th, 2016, was a resounding success, attracting approximately 100 people from Indigenous, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other cultural and religious backgrounds.

FoodFaith aims to build bridges across different faith, cultural and community groups through our shared learnings and practices of food and sustainability.

The not-for-profit organisation brings to the table the traditions and wisdoms of faiths and cultures through community gardens, media communications, events and educational programs.

The Circle of Unity procession of faith and cultural groups around young Indigenous dancers brought all together at the launch: the world’s oldest tradition uniting its younger cousins.  The communal pesto making provided opportunities for everyone to share stories and inspiration with the pesto co-created by the Rabbi and Iman judged “Best tasting”. Basil from the garden served as a healthy pesto base and different herbs and spices from the various traditions created a range of enticing additions for communal “breaking bread”.

Representatives from various groups attended the launch including Catholic Earthcare, the Australian National Imams Council, Uniting Earthweb, the Buddhist Council of NSW, The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the Hindu Council of Australia, the Columban Mission Institute, Tzu Chi Buddhists, The Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, the Community Greening outreach program from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and ARRCC [Australian Religious Response to Climate Change].  Companies and organizations who have contributed valuable assistance to FoodFaith were also represented. These include Lane Cove Council, Mirvac, Glascott Landscape & Civil, K&L Gates and Deloitte. 

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Photography: Kristine Abalos