MICRO GARDENER: Anne Gibson is helping transform people's lives by teaching them how to grow their own food in tiny spaces.
MICRO GARDENER: Anne Gibson is helping transform people's lives by teaching them how to grow their own food in tiny spaces. Patrick Woods

How a Coast micro gardener is transforming lives

NOTHING will stop micro-gardening guru Anne Gibson from growing food crops inside her home - not a lack of outdoor space, a desert-like balcony or too little sun.

The Palmwoods green thumb has battled through it all, and has just been named the Sunshine Coast's Sustainable Business Woman of the Year for the work she has done in teaching others how to grow nutrient-dense food in tiny spaces.

 

"I've actually moved house 16 times so I have a lot of experience in all sorts of different environments, from one-bedroom bedsits to balconies and rentals and urban backyards with sand acetate soil," she said.

"All of them have faced different aspects, had different soils, different micro climates - sometimes you've got reflected heat or too much shade - all of that."

 

Anne Gibson was named the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network's Sustainable Business Woman of the Year.
Anne Gibson was named the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network's Sustainable Business Woman of the Year. Patrick Woods

But nothing stopped her passion for growing her own nutrient-rich produce, which began after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004.

"Soil health and plant health are linked together, and when you think about that if your plants aren't healthy and your soil isn't healthy the produce those plants are growing and the food you're eating is going to be nutrient deficient," she said.

 

The green-thumb is passionate about sharing her knowledge of how to grow your own food no matter where you live.
The green-thumb is passionate about sharing her knowledge of how to grow your own food no matter where you live. Patrick Woods

In 2010 Ms Gibson launched The Micro Gardener, a platform through which she could teach others how to grow their own healthy food, no matter where they lived.

"I wanted it to be really doable for anybody," she said.

"When I eventually get composted I want to be remembered for having taught people to be self-reliant and help them grow their own food gardens, and having made a difference in the world."

Teaching people the basics of what soil should contain and how to grow produce in small spaces became her life, and Ms Gibson said the good news was when people were armed with the knowledge it was surprisingly easy to grow your own food.

"I always start with micro greens at my workshops; you can grow a garden in two minutes," she said.

Find out more at themicrogardener.com.


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