2023 Harvest Festival A Win Win !


The inaugural Harvest Garden Festival was held over this last weekend, 11 and 12 February 2023. Twelve garden owners from Strathalbyn to Semaphore opened their gardens to allow visitors the opportunity to explore the productive side of gardening.

The event had a key aim of bolstering the increasing trend for growing your own fresh fruit and vegetables at home or in one of the increasing numbers of community gardens.

It proved to be a very successful concept that struck a chord with the gardening community and beyond, with an estimated 8,000 visitations. Feedback from all participants was extremely positive. Visitors were able to ask questions and receive valuable advice from experienced gardeners. Advice and demonstrations were available on a range of topics including productive gardening, permaculture, organic gardening, compost making, wicking bed construction, preserving food and attracting beneficial insects.

All proceeds from the Festival were donated to OzHarvest, our charity partner for this event, to support their food rescue operations and food relief services.Open Gardens SA Chair, David Hancock said “We are very pleased that some seriously good logistics and planning paid off and that, for this event, the weather Gods were on our side”.
“We are delighted to be handing over a sum of $30,000 to OzHarvest raised through this Festival… we know it will make a difference. We thank the garden owners and the public for their incredible support.”

OzHarvest save surplus food from ending up in landfill and deliver it to charities that help feed people in need. In South Australia. OzHarvest operate in Adelaide and Victor Harbor. They rescue over 20 tonnes of quality surplus food each week from more than 100 food donors including supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, airlines and food outlets and deliver directly to more than 100 charitable agencies. Every $1 donated to OzHarvest ensures 2 meals can be provided to men, women and children in need.
The funds raised from the Harvest Garden Festival will have a significant, positive impact:
• 60,000 meals delivered to vulnerable South Australians.
• 30,000 kg of food saved from landfill.
• 198,000 kg of CO2 emissions prevented through avoiding food waste.
• 4,290,000 L of water saved.

A wonderful achievement – we are delighted with this result!