This Sunday 4 October at TVM in Burleigh Heads, our resident green thumbs Seed to Sow will be encouraging kids to come along and pot their very own flower.
For just $5, each child will receive a peat pot, flower seed and soil to pot and take home, with the help of Seed to Sow founders Taryon and Brock.
Read on to find out more about this small family business, which aims to help families and schools learn how to grow healthy, chemical free veggie gardens.
How did Seed to Sow come about?
Seed to Sow was created earlier this year when we went into lock down.
Our whole world suddenly stopped, work slowed down, kids sporting events were cancelled and we couldn't travel to see our family.
For the first time in forever really, we were still and were left thinking about how life would get back to normal.
Like everyone else we turned to a bit if gardening, dreading the thought of dragging three kids through Bunnings, we thought there has to be an easier way.
We didn't even want to use those products; as they’re often manufactured by large companies that don't really care about the environment.
We started sourcing organic veggies seeds with a good reputation, no GMO's or Hybrids. Off the back of what we already knew, we concocted our own soil mixes and fertilisers using all-natural products and no chemicals. Each little step just rolled on and then, Seed to Sow was born.
You are a husband and wife duo with three busy kids, what are your career backgrounds?
I (Brock) grew up working on my parent's nursery on the Mid north Coast of NSW and decided to study horticulture at the age of 16.
I did my time with a Green Keeping Apprenticeship at Old Bar Beach Bowls Club before travelling north to work on several prestige Golf Courses including PGA Championship courses like Sanctuary Cove and The Hyatt Coolum.
I wanted to extend my knowledge in diverse climates so we travelled to Ireland and I became a part of the team to present the K Club to the European Open. Now we are settled here on the Gold Coast with our little family and I am still working in the industry.
Tell us about the products you offer on your website and at The Village Markets?
We launched our brand here at TVM selling our home made veggie garden kits complete with a free standing garden box, soil, veggie seeds and fertiliser.
We're slowly growing our product range to now include compost buckets and edible flower seeds, but we are particular that what we sell has to fit in with our end vision.
Most recently we have started running day care and primary school programs, teaching kids how to grow their own organic veggies, reduce their carbon footprint and live a more natural lifestyle that benefits them and the environment.
We've found the best way to get kids to eat their veggies is to grow them!
Do you collaborate with any other local businesses?
We collect our used coffee grounds from Hide & Seek Espresso at Miami.
They have been really accommodating and let us harass them for their used coffee grounds. It works well because they're providing us with a very useful product that would ordinarily go to waste and they have great coffee that gets us through the day – win win!
We're also looking forward to meeting with the Sustainable Schools Network next term about joining forces in 2021, so watch this space!