Vegie patch plots a course for fresh produce

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Pint Sized Plots owners David Giumelli and Deanna Furze team up with Mojo's Restaurant manager Jake Atkinson and owners Juliana Frisina and Noel Brunning to install a mini-patch.
Camera IconPint Sized Plots owners David Giumelli and Deanna Furze team up with Mojo's Restaurant manager Jake Atkinson and owners Juliana Frisina and Noel Brunning to install a mini-patch. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

A new social enterprise has sprouted in the Bunbury CBD with a brother and sister team looking to put its organic footprint on food production.

Pint Sized Plots has installed one of its first thriving “mini-patches” at Mojo’s Restaurant allowing chefs to reduce their food miles and hand pick fresh produce on the venue’s doorstep.

Pint Sized Plots owners Deanna Furze and David Giumelli are encouraging restaurants, schools and even nursing homes to install a plot in a bid to improve natural beauty and food production.

“We’re passionate about enabling people to grow their own food because it’s something people have forgotten about,” Mrs Furze said.

“We’re keen to improve the health of our community, improve education on food production, lower food miles and reduce landfill.”

She said vegetable and herb patches were proven to help with food production and the mental health of those around them.

The plot installed at Mojo’s includes an olive tree, blueberries and chillies and is a prototype to kickstart the initiative.

Restaurant manager Jake Atkinson said staff were keen to use the new fresh produce and would look to keep building on food sustainability.

“It’s nice to implement the things that we’ve been keeping an eye on,” Mr Atkinson said.

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