Garden like your grandparents
EcoCentre permaculturalists Deb (Anglo-Australian from generations of farmers) and Reiko (Japanese global citizen with a micro-farmer grandpa) shares old and new garden traditions and recipes from their family. Deb will share a recipe using local native plants and Reiko will share tips on growing and using Asian vegetables.
Deb is an educator and garden coordinator at the EcoCentre, with a background in nursing, horticulture and landscape design. Her 5 years working in Singapore in early childhood settings has allowed her to use reconnection and sensory exploration pedagogy to empower individuals to take sustainable actions. She is a facilitator for Climate For Change with an interest in our changing climate's effects on well-being and food security. Deb also operates her own business Greensong and runs workshops, online ecopsychology and eco-art classes.
Reiko is an educator and project officer at the EcoCentre. Born in Japan and having lived in four countries, Reiko is a cross-cultural maven. She champions cultural diversity and seeks to foster inclusion within our multicultural communities through sustainability and improve our well-being by connecting deeply with our culture and the natural environment.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.