Food for full bel­lies and lives

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THERE is noth­ing bet­ter than reap­ing the har­vest of home-grown fruit and veg.

The Whit­sun­day Or­ganic Com­mu­nity Gar­dens pro­vides just that, and for a small an­nual fee and a bit of TLC, you can be part of a won­der­ful com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive.

WOCG Sec­re­tary and Me­dia Of­fi­cer Jessa Lloyd said the group was com­mit­ted to be­ing sus­tain­able and only planted va­ri­eties suited to a trop­i­cal cli­mate.

“At the mo­ment we’ve got cu­cum­ber, red paw paw, tomato, cap­sicum, bananas – heaps.”

The gar­den in its cur­rent form was es­tab­lished in 2016 on land in park­lands in Cannonvale, and li­censed to the WOCG by the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil. As well as reap­ing the re­ward of hard work, the gar­den donates all sur­plus fruit and veg­eta­bles to the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, the Whit­sun­day Coun­selling and Sup­port and a few other com­mu­nity ser­vices in Proser­pine.

“We have a pool of about 50 ac­tive mem­bers, who each week come to gar­den and learn about per­ma­cul­ture prin­ci­ples,” Miss Lloyd said.

“Next year we have plans to open the gar­den up so that com­mu­nity mem­bers can each have their own plot, which is ex­cit­ing.”

The WOCG is at 45 Gal­braith Park Rd, Can­non Val­ley. Mem­bers meet ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Sun­day at 9am.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

GREEN THUMBS: Com­mu­nity gar­den­ers out in force.

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