If you've ever wanted to grow your own food year-round or wondered how gardening is helping improve mental illness, physical fitness and benefit people with Alzheimer's Disease, Slow Food Noosa invites you to join them for an insightful and informative session with Cath Manuel from Soil to Supper.
Cath Manuel is an experienced Horticulturist, Organic Gardener, Horticultural Therapist, Consultant and Educator. Her life's mission is to educate and inspire everyone, locally and globally, to care for themselves and the earth and grow healthy fresh food to enjoy and share with others.
Cath has many years' experience in the gardening and horticulture industry and has a great passion for growing fresh, organic food and sharing it with her family and friends.
"It can be hard to have a constant supply of home-grown food in your garden when many plants are grown seasonally," Cath said.
"Caring for the soil, using crop rotation and plant staggering can all assist with creating a year-round supply of fresh food in gardens of any size and I look forward to sharing some tricks of the trade."
Cath is focused and zealous about living a sustainable and healthy lifestyle and helps others to improve their wellbeing through growing healthy organic food and connecting with the earth.
As a keen gardener Cath knows the value of spending time connecting to the earth, planting seedlings and harvesting fresh food.
"For many people facing the pressures of daily living, studies have shown that time spent in the garden greatly lessens stress and improves health and well-being," Cath said.
"In many studies, people with low energy, low self-esteem, negative thoughts and other forms of mental illness have shown great improvements from spending up to an hour a day in the garden.
"Gardening calms nerves, reduces blood pressure, reduces stress and decreases stress hormone, cortisol and many doctors are prescribing gardening and other outdoor activities to help patients overcome depression as time spent gardening can reduce the need for prescription drugs."
Cath conducts the 'Sowing Serenity' Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Program at NoosaCare Carramar within the Dementia Unit and community centre, sponsored by Slow Food Noosa and supported by Tewantin Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank.
"Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is a process of using plants and garden related activities to promote well-being of people's minds, body and spirit," she said.
"For people living with Alzeihmer's Disease or living in aged care centres there are many benefits from gardening activities. These include physical benefits for muscle strength and flexibility and also psychological benefits from social activities, improving mental health and general wellbeing by connecting with nature.
"Many elderly people will find joy and happiness in participating in gardening activities.
"People always feel better emotionally after spending time outdoors. There's much research to prove that gardening improves our well-being and gardens are being established for health and healing throughout the world."
Cath has recently returned from a visit to the United Kingdom where she attended a course and volunteered at Thrive, the UK's leading organization for Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.
The knowledge, skills and experience gained during this trip will be invaluable to her work here in Australia and will benefit many people within the community.
Learning, Growing, Thriving with Cath Manuel
Outrigger Little Hastings Street
Thursday 30 October
7.45am for 8am start
Cost: Slow Food members: $24; Non Members: $29.
Ticket price includes a full buffet breakfast.
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