Community Links Wollondilly's garden needs more volunteers

Whether you have a green thumb, want to learn more about gardening or just want some company, Community Links Wollondilly’s garden could be the perfect hobby for you.

Locals can volunteer at the community garden in Bargo once a week and attend workshops to learn how to grow vegetables and fruit.

The state government has given the program an extra boost with a $10,000 grant to help expand the garden.

Community development worker Tegan Clift said the garden, labelled Project Grow, always needed new volunteers.

“The garden started because we wanted to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to people who couldn’t afford them,” Ms Clift said.

“We also wanted to educate people about healthy food through workshops.

“The garden is open to everyone.”

Ms Clift said people who wanted to meet other locals, learn new skills, retirees who want to remain active, keen gardeners and parents who want to teach their kids about gardening would love the project.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said the funding would help the garden grow.

“We will use the money to provide shade for people and plants,” Ms Clift said.

“I would prefer a solid structure so we can catch the water when it rains.

“We would also like to have a water tank so our garden can be self-sustainable.”

The garden is open once a week on Tuesdays and there is a core group of eight volunteers who attend every week.

Ms Clift said there were jobs for everyone’s ability level from pulling out weeds to watering and digging or planting.

She said fruit and vegetables in the garden were always changing.

“We are still planning and experimenting with what crops grow best,” Ms Clift said.

“What we grow is seasonal but we usually have fruit trees, sunflowers which we share with the birds, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, zucchini and squash. We also had a beautiful crop of corn.

“We like to grow the vegetables from seeds.”

Ms Clift said Community Links also cooked some of the produce so they could give it out to homeless people or people who were in financial hardship.

The staff also grow the fruit and vegetables to use as food for community event lunches.

Ms Clift said the garden was also a good way to provide locals with information on other Community Links programs.

She said Community Links wanted to open the garden more often in the future and they also wanted to get schools involved to teach students about gardening and healthy eating.

Community Links holds various gardening workshops throughout the year.

Details: Bonnie Cottage 122 Hawthorne Road, Bargo. Call 4683 2776 for more information.

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