About Us

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Here at The Edible Balcony we’re passionate about helping you grow your own food no matter how large or small your space is. Whether you have a garden, courtyard, café, restaurant, terrace, balcony, roof-top – or just a windowsill, we can help you transform your space into a productive food oasis.
Our team has more than 60 years’ combined experience in the horticultural, food, wine, design, media and community gardening sector.

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Indira Naidoo – Founder

 
More recently Indira has turned her communication skills to the issues of food security, sustainability and gardening. Indira Naidoo’s television broadcast career has spanned more than two decades. She has anchored and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programmes including the ABC’s Late Edition nightly news and SBS TV’s award-winning World News Tonight.

Indira has worked as a media manager and spokesperson for consumer advocacy group CHOICE and as a Geneva-based sustainability communications consultant with the United Nations’ trade development arm – The International Trade Centre.

In 2009 she was selected from 2000 applicants to be trained by former US President Al Gore as a climate change presenter.

Her recent best-selling book The Edible Balcony documents her adventures growing fruit and vegetables on her inner-city balcony and then preparing them into delicious recipes. Her garden and recipes have featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and Network Ten’s ‘The Living Room’. Indira was also a contestant on the inaugural episode of Celebrity MasterChef. Indira writes the hugely popular food and gardening blog Saucy Onion www.saucyonion.blogspot.com.

Last year she was appointed an ambassador for the homeless crisis centre the Wayside Chapel and conducts weekly gardening classes on its rooftop vegetable garden for its homeless visitors.

She is currently a curator with the Australian Garden Show Sydney.

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Jon Kingston – Team horticulturalist

 
Jon Kingston studied horticultural science (B.Hort Sci) at UWS Hawkesbury and has worked in garden design, bush regeneration, vegetable gardens, horticultural retail and production for 15 years.

Jon is one of Australia’s leading community garden designers and has designed and helps run the James St Reserve Garden in Redfern and the Wayside Chapel community garden.

He specialises in ecological management, organic food production systems, and bush land restoration.

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Tim Petersen –   Team event manager

 
Tim Petersen is a Sydney based food and wine industry professional, small business owner and part-time gardener. He is uniquely qualified to design and deliver a complete food, wine and kitchen garden concept for you.

Tim’s café DOV in Potts Point, Sydney, has become a dining institution garnering awards for its community engagement, sustainability practices and urban kitchen garden.

The son of a farmer, Tim is passionate about sustainability, especially in regard to food production. He is currently building a small market garden based on permaculture principals at his home in the Blue Mountains, to supply his cafe in the city.

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About the book

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This warm and engaging book will inspire even the most reluctant green thumbs to channel their inner gardeners and reconnect with nature, while also saving money and reducing their carbon footprint…more

Garden tours

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Garden recipes

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Recipes made from your Edible Balcony