Creative locals have developed valuable horticultural, retail, marketing, entrepreneurial and other workplace skills through our WorkReady program ‘Seed to Market’.
The Fleurieu food bowl is famous for its fresh produce. The pilot project, run in partnership with Scoop SA, supported the local economy while helping to meet the growing demand for people to work in the region’s horticultural industry.
Participants from Baptist Care SA’s Building Families Opportunities (BFO) program co-created a product and were involved in all stages of food production, including propagation from seed, harvest, and the final production and sale of their merchandise at the local markets.
Made entirely from edible weeds and other plants grown, found and foraged in the Fleurieu, jars of the delicious Wild Pesto quickly sold out and further orders were placed and filled.
Almost a third of those involved in the project gained work or returned to higher education.
Lucy* (pictured above) had not worked for several years and was experiencing severe anxiety. Through ‘Seed to Market’ she gained cooking and customer service skills as well as an understanding of local food production. Lucy’s confidence blossomed and she has since started her own business.
The project has been entered in the Adult Learners Awards and added to the Australian Quality.
Skills Framework for Non-accredited Training. Baptist Care SA is currently exploring options which will help the project to build on its success.
You can support the initiative by purchasing the special ‘Seed to Market’ edible and native pot plants and jars of wild pesto from Scoop SA farmgate, local wineries and food outlets.
*not her real name.
For more information contact Baptist Care SA at 8387 3787.
Supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.