Costa Georgiadis praises Buderim's Urban Food Street

SOW GOOD: Joshua, 1, Amy and Gabrielle Diesel, 3, with Duncan McNaught at one of the many edible garden beds at Urban Food Street, Buderim. INSET: Costa Georgiadis.
SOW GOOD: Joshua, 1, Amy and Gabrielle Diesel, 3, with Duncan McNaught at one of the many edible garden beds at Urban Food Street, Buderim. INSET: Costa Georgiadis. Che Chapman

A NEW way of living is evolving in Buderim, drawing a whole community together in a common purpose.

They have created an example that has national implications, as Australia struggles with childhood obesity, broader health issues and an increasing social disconnection.

It's well known that ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, the face of the Daily's Spring Seed promotion, loves a vegie patch.

Costa Georgiadis.
Costa Georgiadis. Nicola Brander

But what he discovered in Buderim's Urban Food Street has him smitten.

"They've created a national instrument of change which is clearly the best in the country," Georgiadis said of the project that had been five years in the making, involving more than 90 families and drawing in more property owners by the day.

Urban Food Street is a concept that started when two neighbours, shocked by the $1.50 price tag for a single lime, decided to grow a tree each on their footpath.

What's followed has been remarkable.

Every form of vegetable, fruit and herb imaginable is now planted and harvested along a network of streets to a co-ordinated plan that is softening the look and feel of a neighbourhood.

Instead of people living within their fence line and behind closed doors, they are now engaged on the street in a common purpose that involves everyone from toddlers to the elderly.

"They are building abundance, creating a vibrant interactive community," Georgiadis said.

"I was there for afternoon tea to celebrate the installation of their first beehive to pollinate their vegies.

"It was a privilege to share that time with the pram set, the elders and the kids all involved in a food conversation.

"This is the front line of community development.

"Here the streets are the glue that hooks into the artery of community life.

"I'm excited about the leverage potential that this offers."

Those involved in the project are equally excited that a coming together of neighbours without formal structure, all contributing to the costs as they are able, is evolving into something more meaningful than just the product of their labour.

"I think that's the real point of Urban Food Street, it's a whole precinct where everyone who lives there are caretakers," Georgiadis said.

"Every time you move you are walking past edible perennials, salad plants and vegetables.

"You can come home and pick fresh greens for the table.

"It's the end game of the highest order."

Visit the Urban Food Street Facebook page.

Topics:  buderim community garden costa georgiadis gardening urban food street

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