With Daphne, Robert Teng and Terry HaFred and Cheryl

(Photos: Top – Robert Teng and Terry Ha; Bottom:  Fred Haskins and Sheryl Jarezcki)

Backyard digging – Broadcast ABC Radio National 13 July 2013

There are around two thousand small scale farms dotted around the Sydney Basin. They grow much of Sydney’s leafy vegetables, and nationally, are a major source of Asian Greens. Market gardens have long been attractive work for new-migrants and their families. But is there sufficient support for growers from non-English speaking backgrounds trying to make sense of regulations written for rural farms? And who is monitoring pesticide use for growers’ health, for residue levels on produce, and run-off into our rivers?

Jessica Minshall takes Off Track to the Chinese Heritage Market Gardens in Botany.


Terry Ha
Chinese Growers’ Association of NSW
Daphne Lowe Kelly
Chinese Heritage Association
Sheryl Jarezcki
Social researcher and environmental educator
Fred Haskins
NSW Farmers
Giselle Howard
Director, Metropolitan, NSW Environmental Protection Authority
Dr Ben Kefford
Fresh water ecologist, School of Environment, University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Jeremy Walker
Social Researcher, University of Technology, Sydney

Credits PresenterJoel Werner  Reporter Jessica Minshall