Press "Enter" to skip to content
  • Australian Indigenous “Garden classrooms” for the youth

    Peter Dawe from the Youth Community Greening Program of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia has had a strong relationship with nature for his entire life.

    He grew up surrounded by his parents’ big veggie gardens with the bush just across the road, he grew up with the land around him and learned to understand it.

    Because of this, Peter is passionate about bringing nature to everybody. The Youth Community Greening Program makes gardening inclusive for young people from all walks of life.

    Bush Tucker Gardens teach young people about Indigenous culture, showing how people have lived in unison with the land for thousands of years.

    Sensory gardens open up the senses so it’s not just about what you see, it’s about how you feel. The Program also runs a project for young people in the youth justice system, helping them create opportunity for themselves through gardening.

    Peter doesn’t think that your life experience should determine how you connect with nature. Through hard work and passion he has brought a culture of gardening to young people across Australia, creating welcoming spaces for all.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Cissa Goncalves – The healing capabilities of food

    Zen and John chat with Cissa, a Brazilian living in Australia, who uses her vast knowledge of the world to inform her spiritual and gardening practice.

    Cissa is passionate about Ayurveda (traditional Hindu system of medicine) & the healing capabilities of food.

    She talks about how nature gifts us with nourishment each season, why fruits and vegetables grow best at different times of the year and why we should pay attention to that.

    The garden gives us all kinds of invitations.

    It invites us into its flow, each season we can feel and experience different emotions. Different types of foods come with different healing purposes.

    For Cissa, it’s all connected. Not only the garden that she spends time growing, but the connection between our bodies, the elements and the earth.

    Cissa shares her knowledge about the healing powers of nature showing us how the vitality of the garden can allow us to be present, and have those very important (but often forgotten) moments of rest and reflection.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Discover globally, values of edible plants – Food Plants International

    The What’s Growing On Podcast is joined by Deb and Bruce French who is the founder of Food Plants International.

    Both Bruce and Deb were born and raised in Tasmania, and had their worlds changed and minds opened when they went to live and work in Papua New Guinea.

    Bruce saw that many locals were suffering from disease and malnutrition, because they didn’t have access to the right foods or the information to identify them.

    Bruce saw that the knowledge was held by the older generations, and knew that he could assist them to pass the knowledge on.

    55 years later, Food Plants International is the world’s largest database of edible foods across the globe.

    The information provides people the opportunity to get the most nourishment from the plants that grow around them, and has made a difference to the three billion people who struggle to find nutritious food everyday.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • 59 Minutes with Costa Georgiadis


    The multi-talented, multi-lingual, gardening guru Costa Georgiadis commandeers the What’s Growing On Podcast, and takes us along on his journey of gardening, philosophy and passion.

    We had the pleasure of talking with Costa who has a very holistic view on landcare, it’s not just about gardening, it’s about everything.

    Costa Georgiadis has been on the long-running national gardening TV show Gardening Australia for 8 years. He’s a landscape architect, an environmental educator and a person who is filled with passion.

    Costa’s motivation and drive comes from his belief in the power of gardening to help us connect, to help us learn, and to help us grow. Everything is connected, the plants, the insects, the season, the water, the soil, the climate, the culture.

    One of Costa’s favourite words to use was ‘community’.
    “The community is what the community is.”
    And what the community can be, can be shaped by the actions of an individual; like John, our What’s Growing on Podcast co-host who started a now thriving community garden on his street with a single pallet. Gardening can really bring people together, to share and to learn.

    There is so much nuance in the world, and for Costa, landcare is something that can transcend any boundaries. A free-thinker, and inspiring leader, an advocate for the special practice of gardening. Costa believes that it is better to travel well than to arrive, and we feel very lucky that we were able to share a small part of his journey.

    Costa’s socials:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/costasworld/?hl=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CostasWorld/

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Farm it Forward: Your Land, Their Hands
    Did you know that soil microbes can have the same impact on the brain as antidepressants?

    Zen and John talk to Olive and Manu from Farm it Forward, a not-for-profit collective focussed on building connection between people and their land.

    Seeing that there was a need in their community (Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia) not only for gardening support, but for connection with one’s land and the community sparked the idea for Farm it Forward.

    The team brings together people who have land and people who are passionate about growing food regeneratively, to grow produce together and provide for the community.

    It’s so much more than just creating market gardens, Farm it Forward create nourishing spaces for the residents they work with.

    For Manu and Olive it’s all about community sufficiency, they want to build resilient, interdependent communities.
    This year, facing drought, bush fires and floods, Farm it Forward produced over 800kg of produce for their community!

    Farm it Forward has really shown us the power of collective energy and input and the power of what communities can do together.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Cup of tea & a chat with Sulyn & Rob in their garden
    From the green (new) city slickers who moved down to Tasmania for a quieter life to the now experienced urban gardeners that provide for their local community, Sulyn and Rob take us through the journey of their garden.

    Zen talks to Sulyn and Rob, looking back to when they first purchased the land almost 30 years ago!
    How their property started from clay filled, nutrient-less soil, to a rich, vibrant and healthy habitat for all plants, fruits and vegetables.

    Was it an easy journey? No, their garden required so much love and energy that Sulyn even broke her ankle trying to revitalise their space!

    But after hard work and lots of experimenting, Sulyn and Rob transformed their land into a plentiful garden that provides not only for them but for their local community.

    They have created a space that brings everybody together, including their youngest volunteer Hester, who shares why she loves working in the garden so much as well.

    For Sulyn and Rob, there is nothing more enriching than growing your own garden, the only thing better is how the people who come to their garden enrich it with what they share.

    So how can you start your own gardening journey? It’s as simple as starting with the waste from your kitchen…

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Permaculture; Creating Sustainable Communities

    Zen and John talk to Jerome Santospirito, a market gardener with over ten years of organic farming experience in Tasmania, about his thoughts on permaculture.

    A philosophical principle for ecological systems and design that developed in Tasmania in the 70’s, Jerome talks about how permaculture is changing the way we think about produce.

    It’s a concept based upon a resilient local community and strong communication between humanity and nature.

    But how can you integrate permaculture into your life if you don’t have much land?

    It’s all about context, context, context: What can you do with what you have, and where you are?

    Jerome tells us how permaculture can be used by anyone at any time, it’s as simple as looking at what you have and thinking ‘what can I create?’.

    One step at a time, permaculture is empowering locals to take on knowledge and produce for themselves, it’s fostering a stronger community through engagement and communication and paving the way to a more sustainable future.

    When humanity is forced to respond to ecological crises, will permaculture be the answer?

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Carolyn McIntyre from Botanical Creations – What motivates us to buy plants?

    What kind of a plant shopper are you?
    How has plant buying habits changed over time?
    Can you feed your pets plants?
    Carolyn McIntyre joins us from Botanical Creations, a gorgeous plant nursery in Melbourne, to discuss some of these questions.
    Carolyn takes us through what a “microclimate” is and gives us some quick tips on how to keep your plants happy in different environments like a bathroom, and how to get rid of those pesky bugs!
    Carolyn also discusses the spiritual connection some cultures have with plants.
    Visit Botanical Creations at https://www.botanicalcreations.com.au/.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Ewa Waskowska chats about her indoor jungle from her apartment in Poland

    Could you ever have 35 indoor plants in your house?
    We talk with Ewa Waskowska who does just that.
    She takes us through managing the different conditions of her plants and how plants can be a simple way to incorporate more mindfulness into your life.
    Ewa also shares her experience with plant communities and meeting new people you otherwise wouldn’t have through plants!
    Side note, does anyone have a Monstera tattoo?

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • James Hutchinson from Longley Organic Farm Tasmania, Australia – Organics & wellbeing

    What is a soil block?
    Can you grow a lime tree in the cold climate of Tasmania, Australia?
    What does a straw bail and soil have in common?
    When did you last check the health of your soil?
    Zen & John in their own unique style chat with James Hutchinson from Longley Organic Farm in Tasmania.
    Enjoy.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

  • Zen & John having a chat about the What’s Growing On Podcast

    Zen starts by counting her vegetables, John shares his experiences growing gardens in straw bales and more…

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

    Have you switched on subtitles/closed captions (c) on YouTube?

    Whooshkaa podcast audio player