Outdoor gathering at Peninsula Community Garden

Adults and children sharing a meal at the garden

Date(s) - 20/03/2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Peninsula Community Garden


PCC will move our regular monthly gatherings from the third Tuesday of the month to the third Sunday of the month, starting on Sunday the 20th of March from 3.00pm to 5.00pm at the Peninsula Community Garden. Our first ever presenter in this new format will be Karyne Ang, an accomplished local permie with expertise in growing lots of wonderful and unusual Asian food plants. Karyne will be sharing her knowledge on how she grows this food and how she cooks it.

Karyne comes from tropical Malaysia, a country situated on the equator where the sun rises and sets at the same time, same place all year round. Temperatures are generally stable and there are only two seasons: Rainy or Dry. Karyne has been dabbling with permaculture principles in her own way for decades but have only discovered permie jargon quite recently. Her passion for permaculture and edible gardens comes hand-in-hand with her Malaysian upbringing and love for food. She particularly enjoys growing food for pleasure and food as medicine.

Specifically, Karyne will combine her story-telling with sharing her knowledge and experience about edible gardening from a Malaysian / South-East-Asian perspective. She has been cultivating Asian food plants in her Empire Bay backyard and will share her experiences of what grows well in our CC bioregion. She will also share how she uses some of these food plants, for instance, lemongrass (Serai / Heong Mao), Turmeric (Kunyit / Wong Keong), Sweet potato leaves (Fan Shie Yip), Edible Cosmos Leaves (Ulam Raja), Water Spinach (KangKung), Cucumber (Timun), Winged Beans (Kacang Botol / Sei Lim Tao) just to name a few.

Fun fact: Apart from being an urban backyard farm-girl and forager in her attempts to live off the land and sea, Karyne leads a double life as a university academic on the side. She lives with her husband Patrick, and Buddy the staffy in Empire Bay NSW.

The move to outdoor venues will require all of us to creatively respond to change. Bring your own snacks, drinks, and perhaps a folding chair. Most venues have some kind of under-cover area but hats or umbrellas for sun protection would be a good idea. You are welcome to come early and wander the garden or have a picnic. We hope to see you there!

Please note that there is no public toilet at this venue.

Future gatherings will be held in different outdoor locations across the Central Coast from 2pm to 4pm during Eastern Standard Time, and from 3pm to 5pm during Daylight Saving Time. Children are welcome. A schedule of locations will be provided to all members as far in advance as we can arrange them (hopefully 12 months) so that people know when a gathering will be happening