Restoring a Community through Food

Recently, we had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Central Coast businesswoman, environmentalist and community leader Gabby Greyem.

 Gabby Greyem (centre) with Brasserie Bread’s Valerie Long (left) and Jill Jones-Evans

Originally from Sydney’s Bronte beach, Gabby is a passionate advocate of sustainable living and healthy eating and has been enjoying Brasserie Bread sourdough (both at home and at the kiosk) for 25 years! Gabby relocated to the NSW Central Coast 20 years ago and in 2004 opened the gorgeous oasis that today is Jasmine Greens Park Kiosk, located on Umina Beach or ‘The Peninsula’ as it’s known to locals.

No ordinary kiosk…Jasmine Greens Park Kiosk

Not just any ordinary kiosk, Jasmine Greens is committed to serving fresh, healthy and homemade meals and has proudly resisted requests for fast food since opening. This oasis hasn’t always been smooth sailing though and during its early years the kiosk was broken into an astonishing thirty six times! This was attributed to restless young locals gathering at night in the vicinity of the café which is situated on council parkland. As well, in 2004 the NSW Central Coast recorded the highest obesity, unemployment and high school drop out statistics in Australia.

Free Barista training for youths

For several years, after each break in, owner Gabby would quietly and privately just ‘get on with it’ and clean up the mess and destruction left behind. It was when the kiosk’s beloved herb garden was graffitied that it was the last straw and time to take action!

“It’s all about creating local, sustainable, and meaningful employment and keeping people living and working on the Central Coast” Gabby Greyem

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Gabby knew she had a monumental task in front of her, however, rather than alienating the kids on the peninsula, Gabby invited them closer. In her passion-fuelled quest to address four generations of unemployment and high levels of obesity, Gabby set out to provide opportunities for young people by offering free vocational training with no judgement and definitely no preaching. Acceptance was the order of the day.

Free cooking classes

Since then Gabby has facilitated some 300 free cooking classes, continues to provide free barista training and only offers fulltime employment positions under a traineeship and personal development program. Jasmine Greens also proudly sponsors the local kids soccer team and has hosted free movie nights with the support of local council. And thanks to Gabby, Brasserie Bread started delivering to the Central Coast, after refusing to serve anything but Brasserie Bread.

In August this year Gabby opened The Beach Kiosk situated right on Umina Beach at the NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort where she continues to offer home cooked meals (delivered to your cabin!) and creating opportunities for Central Coast young locals. Pop in and say hi next time you’re on The Peninsula!

Giving back to the community

Not just any ordinary beach kiosk…Jasmines Greens Park Kiosk

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