Garden as Education: Learning the ‘Old Ways’ of Traditional Mediterranean Food Practices

  • Fiona Harrisson


A former red-brick housing commission house in the bay-side suburbs of
Melbourne has been transformed by Mark Dymiotis to replicate traditional village
Mediterranean practices of his heritage. For many years, people have come into the
garden through the Council of Adult Education and the Open Garden scheme to
learn wine making and bread baking and other traditional Greek—Mediterranean
everyday food practices. Mark draws on his own heritage and the knowledge of
older people, the migrants who brought these practices to this land, about which
he has been researching, writing and teaching for over 20 years. The garden is a
platform for teaching about healthy and aff ordable everyday dietary practices.