The Longwood Graduate Fellows spent a second day exploring the various sites of the South Australia Botanic Garden. We had a productive meeting in the morning with the coordinators of programming and adult education. We got a chance to learn more about City Crop, an exciting agricultural interpretive initiative.
A section of Adelaide Botanic Garden, the most urban of the three gardens in the South Australia Botanic Garden, is devoted to an agricultural crop. This crop creates an opportunity for fun and educational events. The plant choice changes from year to year; past crops have included barley, wheat, and corn. This year the crop is lucerne, a grazing crop for cows. The space devoted to the crop would make enough milk for a family for 4 months.
We were excited to see agricultural education framed in such a fun and tangible way. Adelaide Botanic Garden brought in dairy cows last week and is planning an ice cream making event for children and families later in the season. This program was particularly exciting to First Year Fellow Erin Kinley, whose research focuses on food systems education programs in public gardens.
The Fellows rounded out the day with a trip to Cleland Park to visit with Australian animals, the Mount Lofty overlook, and Wittunga Botanic Garden. This has been an amazing trip. We are eager to process the information we collected and to keep working on this project.