Community garden is taking root

Joondanna Community Food Garden member Nick Mortimer (right) with Lucy Simon and Ibrahim (4) and Saffiya Bhatti (7). Picture: Marcus Whisson d426537
Joondanna Community Food Garden member Nick Mortimer (right) with Lucy Simon and Ibrahim (4) and Saffiya Bhatti (7). Picture: Marcus Whisson d426537

Volunteers hosted the garden’s annual open day last Sunday, attracting families and locals to the corner of Wade and Stoneham streets.

‘It’s starting to really take off, we’ve had a lot of new members and we’re getting a lot of interest so it’s sort of growing steadily, we’ve made a few new garden beds and we’ve got a lot of very active members now,’ Mr Mortimer said.

He said the garden provided more than fresh, organic produce to the individuals and families who take part.

‘Well it’s really about getting to know like-minded people, you get to meet a lot of people with a lot of skills that want to share their skills, so often their confidence is lacking in gardening and you find a lot of people help them out, get them growing seedlings and really improve their skills,’ he said.

Mr Mortimer said volunteers had recently installed a wood-fired oven, continuing to develop the garden as a community hub.

‘The park there used to be this dry uninteresting piece of land but we’ve turned it into a real community hub, we get a lot of people walking through, we offer free herbs, there’s a lot of community interaction that happens there,’ he said.