Heather is a 47 year old married mum of two young people. She worked for a supermarket for 21 years, a certain one that had a lot of customers who wouldn’t understand what food insecurities mean. Heather herself has experienced food insecurity as a family, but not to the same extent as people are facing now.
Since she started working at Gilded Lily a year ago, she has seen how food is entwined into our culture. Talking about it or eating a meal we have cooked at the same time (perhaps on zoom) brings all people together, bonding over something we all need and enjoy. The benefits of having a garden are more than food security, it’s a chance to be proud of an achievement, it gets you back in touch with the soil. Reminding us of where our food comes from and the work it takes to get it makes us appreciate it. Heather teamed up with her friend Menesia who felt the same about food and the benefits of growing to make a mobile garden. Having a garden that was accessible was paramount to Heather, she wanted anyone to be able to use it, and be able to keep everything together. Thanks to Scott at Galgael, our design changed and became so much better.
Heather’s hope is to make more mobile gardens, or to help other groups build their own as they are simple to assemble and work beautifully.