To celebrate the creation of the Food Plant Solutions (FPS) Publication – A Guide to Nutritious Food Plants of Tasmania (the Guide), an official launch was held in Ulverstone on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.  The Launch was officiated by the Central Coast Council’s Mayor, Jan Bonde.  Chair of FPS, Una Hobday explained what FPS does and the important role it can play in improving Tasmania’s health.


There are countless gardening books on both ‘common’ and ‘indigenous plants’.  Very few, if any of them combine both as well as providing nutritional data.  The Guide contains this information, giving those educating the community on the benefits of healthy eating a very valuable tool.  The Guide contains information on approximately 40 edible plants from all the major food groups.  It also covers how and where to grow the plants, what parts are edible, how to use those parts, nutritional information and a photo to assist with plant identification.


The printing of the Guide was made possible by a funding contribution provided by the Council’s Small Community Grants Scheme, which has been reviewed for the 2016-17 Round to include a ‘healthy food’ criteria as an action of the Council’s Central Coast Local Food Security Strategy (LFSS).  To visit the Central Coast Council’s LFSS website homepage, visit http://www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au/local-food-security-strategy.html


As part of the LFSS, the free Guide will be made available to representatives of schools, community groups and interested individuals so that we can learn about the nutritional value of foods.  Contact Heidi Willard, Strategy & Policy Officer at the Central Coast Council on 6429 8900 for more information.