Residents at Baptistcare Kalkarni Residential Care in Brookton have been using their green thumb by harvesting fruit and turning it into delicious desserts through a new initiative. The new land-to-table food initiative running at the Brookton residential home has proved popular among residents who enjoy gardening and cooking. Residents helped pick oranges and put used their treasured family recipes to make marmalades, fresh breakfast juice, cakes and biscuits. Resident chef Ravikumar Subbiah’s duck a l’orange dish — roast duck caramelised in orange sauce and served with vegetables — has become a favourite on the menu. Baptistcare manager June Harwood said many residents who had an affinity with the land had rediscovered their passion for sustainable living through gardening and cooking. “There is a lot of joy and satisfaction in planning what foods to produce and then working together to bring them to the dining room table,” she said. “It provides a sense of purpose and generates lots of conversations about everything from natural pest control to cooking techniques which makes each day different and interesting. “Our residents are embracing every aspect of the land-to-table concept, and it will be exciting to see where they take it in the coming months.” Residents are also planting a range of vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroots and peas, as well as picking their own fruit with the help of staff and volunteers. They also plan to grow herbs and establish a worm farm.