Homegrown, it's all friendly

BELLINGEN'S Local Food Network is more than ready to dig into their share of the $250,000 grant awarded to the Local Food Futures Alliance by the NSW Environmental Trust last week.

With eight local families already working together as an informal gardening co-operative on a model allotment, knowledge is being gathered that will hopefully help sew the seeds of future culinary success.

“Initially we thought of this as a monetary venture but pretty soon we settled into the garden idea,” Nick Rose said.

“We've been working together since May; each family has either their own or a shared row.”

Simon Dutson, who has welcomed the garden onto his land, said he was enjoying working with the others. “I'm learning so much about how to grow food,” Mr Dutson said.

Mr Rose said the local network was in the process of establishing the Bellingen Community Garden Association “to bring the Bellingen community garden to fruition”.

“We are looking at having two gardens - one at Piggott Park and a second one on Crown land on McCrystal Drive, where families can have their own plots.”

The Alliance includes other organisations from the Coffs Harbour and Bellingen local government areas and aims to encourage the local production of food to promote sustainable living, cut down on transport costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information phone 0420 394 485.

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