A YEAR on from its Impact100 Fremantle win, Growing Change is putting its $100,000 grant to good use.
It transformed an unused green at the North Fremantle Bowling Club into a community farm with the aim of eliminating social isolation.
Growing Change founder and chief executive Renee Gardiner said the Fremantle Social Farm had been a dream made possible by the grant and the generosity of the local community.
“It’s a big project, with a big vision, and we’re building the farm, developing our business model and implementing social programs,” she said.
“Winning Impact 100 Freo allowed us to establish our farm operations, purchase specialty market garden tools and equipment, employ a farm manager and allowed us to commence our social horticulture programs, with the first group of gardeners graduating today.
“The grant has literally put us on the map and allowed us build critical infrastructure to run and scale our social programs, as well as provide avenues for generating our own income.
“We’re currently growing and selling produce to restaurants and plan to start selling directly from the farm to the local community in the coming weeks.”
Visit www.facebook.com/|growingchangeaus for more information about the Fremantle Social Farm.