Growing the community

2018 Veggies for All off to a great start

From SAGE Committee member Kathryn Maxwell

Since kicking off on Saturday 14th July, five workshops have been conducted with over 120 attendees. Two workshops were held at the SAGE Garden, with one each held at Tuross Head Community Garden, the Narooma Men’s Shed and the Batemans Bay Men’s Shed. We are very grateful to these organisations for helping us bring Veggies for All to more towns in the Eurobodalla. Their assistance with organising and promoting the events was invaluable.

Kyle Levier is doing an excellent job as presenter, inspiring not just new gardeners but also existing gardeners to get back into growing veggies and becoming more successful gardeners.

Everyone who came to a workshop was provided with a cuppa and lunch or afternoon tea, printed information about when to grow which veggies and herbs, how to compost, contacts for good local suppliers and seedlings from Phil Timms to get them started.

We currently have about 50 of our target of 70 raised vegetable garden beds booked to be installed in gardens of workshop participants who are also Centrelink recipients, including a number of younger low income households.

We’ve received a lot of great feedback from participants, saying what a great presenter Kyle is and how excited they are to start growing their own food. Here’s an example of the sorts of emails we get, this one from a grateful recipient of a garden bed following the 2017 Veggies for All program:

I just want to thank SAGE for my garden bed. It’s really interesting and a very positive and mood-lifting activity. Where I am, I think I will be able to grow pretty well all year.

My zucchinis are fruiting, my button squash vine grows 7 cms in 24 hours. I checked that measurement and it is true. I might send a photo to the newspaper.

We have scheduled another workshop in Moruya for Friday 24th August. The cost is only $15 per person. People can book online now or direct enquiries to Rob on 0474 700 991.

Our thanks to the IMB Community Foundation and our local supporter businesses for making Veggies for All possible again in 2018.

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