Community reaps the benefits

TWELVE months ago this paddock on North Bank Road was overgrown and forlorn.

Not any more - a keen crop of gardeners have turned it into an abundant food bowl from which up to 30 people graze. According to Steve Smith, the fantastic results are due to a solid focus on gardening.

“We started with a mattock to clear the jungle and it all grew from there,” Steve said.

“Almost everything has been donated - seedlings, manure, even the chickens and, more recently, a shed. We had a fundraiser recently and heaps of people came - the result was a ute for carting things.”

Stuart Kilby has been busy sourcing markets for the overflow of mixed salad greens, flowers and herbs.

“We sell to a vege box system in Armidale and this week Kombu Wholefoods took its first delivery,” Stu said.

For Olivia Bernardini the garden provides not only food security but helps build community ties. And kids love it - Moss and Surya were keen to add how cool it was to come after school to collect food for dinner. The group want to especially thank landowners, Hilary and John, for all their support. For more information phone 0427 351 904.



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