Another cycle of market-produce growing is set to begin in the SAGE garden with the appointment of Kylie Emmett as the 2018/19 Market Gardener Intern.
Asked why she applied for the position, Ms Emmett said she’d had some exposure to organic farming and started an interest in market gardening.
“I would love to share and provide nutritious, fresh produce with the community as it should be grown … without all the nasties!,” she said.
Ms Emmett will be mentored by 2014/15 intern graduate Kat Cathcart, with support from previous mentors.
This years internship generated the highest level of interest in the six years it had been offered, with 10 applications received. It is the only such position in the country which provides an income while learning to market garden.
For the first time, SAGE has also offered a second-tier internship – to Erin Henry – giving access to instruction but without the provision of land or equipment.
The group’s president Mark Barraclough said the internship was a key component in achieving SAGE’s strategic aims and growing the local food economy.