Growing is the third dimension of our commitment to reducing waste and building community.
We received funding from the Mercy Foundation and Maribyrnong City Council to enable us to convert part of the backyard of our former manse into a small nursery with greenhouse, tool shed, and raised beds. Our aim is to provide space for people to come and get their hands dirty! It is a well-established fact that gardening is good for mental health, so we are encouraging people to learn to grow seeds, propagate shrubs and succulents, and also graft trees.
We use our own compost; we collect recycled pots and trays; we scavenge cuttings and seeds, and then we try to sell our best produce to local shops and occasional stalls, and we use the rest in our community garden.
The money we raise goes to those who plant the crops and to sustain the project. The most important aspect, however, is the community we develop around the growing, and the support and friendship that we can offer each other.
We meet on Monday afternoons – come anytime after 2.30pm and stay on for the free meal at 6pm. If it’s very cold, we might also meet in the hall for tea and board games.
Contact Anne on 0430 770 474 if you’d like to ask any questions.
Volunteers are always welcome! If you love stirring compost or pulling up weeds, let us know! We hope to start a small nursery to produce our own seedlings. If you’d like to help, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch with us.