From growing bush tucker to sharing Indigenous knowledge, every work day is different for First Nations horticulturist Brenden Moore.

A proud Biripi man from the north coast of NSW, part of his job with the Botanic Gardens of Sydney is to grow and connect people through plants. “Anybody can do it,” he says of urban agriculture. "Horticulture is a connection to country, and it’s nice to be able to share that and pass that knowledge on.”

Mr Moore is one of 65 speakers sharing their knowledge at the Urban Agriculture Forum being held in Sydney and the Illawarra this weekend. The event is trying to work out ways to grow Australia’s community garden network. There are currently 800 registered gardens across Australia, up from 600 pre-COVID, while Community Gardens Australia says that number could be as high as 2400.

“We’ve got rooftops and fabulous different types of watering systems, there’s vertical gardens, we can be growing food everywhere in our cities,” the group’s Naomi Lacey said.

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