Local Community Gardens Receive New Grant

ACT’s Community Garden Grants program will fund nine local projects, including fresh food for Yeddung Mura Justice clients and their families, and a small farm to provide and share fresh vegetables to the Belconnen community.

“There is a patchwork of over a hundred community gardens nestled in the suburbs of our city,” said Rebecca Vassarotti, ACT’s environment minister.

“Community gardens provide a local food source for our community, allow people to learn gardening, support biodiversity and help refresh our urban spaces.

“They also provide focal points where people can come together. The sense of belonging that comes from connecting with people in your neighborhood can really improve well-being, which is why community gardens are so important.

The grant program can fund materials to build a new community garden or to improve an existing garden; Facilities here; tools; or hiring a contractor.

St Vincent de Paul Canberra Goulburn Ltd has received $7,140 for its Good Works Garden, a joint initiative between Dirty Janes, Argyle Housing and Vinnies, to create a community garden within the Dirty Jane compound in Fyshwick, run by volunteers and by participants in charities, social inclusion and housing programmes. The garden will include fencing, sheds, wicking beds and a composting facility.

The Downer Preschool Parent Association received $2,255 for its Downer Preschool Community Garden Project, established last year. They transformed the barren front yard of the kindergarten into a sustainable community garden while providing opportunities for kindergarten students to learn and care for the natural environment. They will build small-scale infrastructure to support educational and community activities; a spinning circle; and additional vegetable gardens.

YWCA Canberra received $2,228 for Spence Community Garden, a small farm that will grow fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers for children and families in Spence and surrounding suburbs.

Hawker Community Landcare received $4,308 for Hawker Community Garden Stage 2. They will plant fruit trees, build an additional raised vegetable garden, develop a native garden at the front of the site and create a bush garden. The indigenous garden beautifies a currently barren space and manages urban heat. There will also be educational workshops, busy bees in the garden, planting days and information on the Ngunnawal’s connection to the country and the use of local bush foods.

The Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc (Charnwood) received $1,894 for three raised beds. These raised beds will be located near the front door for easy access, and the heights will be adjustable so that less able-bodied people can grow organic food.

“For the past three decades, the community of Charnwood has worked hard to maintain our beautiful community garden,” said manager Tessa Rose. “During this period we also experienced climate change and in 2020 we received a community garden grant to build a shelter in the garden to protect us from increasingly extreme weather events like heat waves and the rains. We are really happy with the shelter. This is in addition to the 45 individual plots, barbecue area, beehives and children’s area that make the garden such a welcoming space for our diverse community.

Yeddung Mura (Goodpathways) Aboriginal Corporation received $7,100 for a reflective community vegetable garden in Farrer, where they will grow fresh vegetables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their families, local Aboriginal elders, community group and the general public or indigenous communities.

The Council on the Aging ACT received $7,742 for Towards Zero Waste in Hughes, a facility to reduce and treat local waste and grow healthy food at low cost. Collecting and processing organic waste from local businesses provides organic compost, saves costs, reduces carbon emissions and raises awareness for local action. It will improve the Hughes shopping district and could be a model for other suburbs looking for a local/small scale solution to reduce waste and connect the community.

The Margaret Hendry Parents and Citizens Committee Inc. received $6,398 for the community garden at Margaret Hendry School. The garden will consist of raised beds with an interlocking hexagonal design, in keeping with the school logo. A section of the garden will be devoted to native plants to provide knowledge and awareness of this aspect of native culture.

Holy Spirit Parish in Gungahlin received $2,079 for its Community Garden Holy Spirit – Sharing Skills to Develop a Sustainable Future. This project will create a community garden accessible to the parish, school and surrounding community of Amaroo, and will improve the school vegetable garden to implement a composting program and create wicking beds for growing some products.

“The nine projects that have received a total of $41,145 in funding under the eighth round of the Community Garden Grant Program will undoubtedly foster new friendships and enhance our urban environments for many years to come,” said said Ms. Vassarotti. “The diversity of projects that have received funding shows that there is a wide range of opportunities for Canberrans to get involved.

“The ACT Government supports local small-scale agriculture and gardens to play a small but important role in improving our community’s resilience to food supply chain shocks resulting from climate change and other events. global. These community gardens have a vital role to play as ACT continues to develop its food and fiber strategy. »