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Published October 4th 2015
Fresh food and fresh air
The Grantham Community Garden commenced in 2011 on historically significant land that once held the CSIRO poultry research station. The site is in the middle of suburbia and is surprisingly larger than it looks from the road. Numerous garden beds abound with a variety of thriving vegetables.
As well as the communal garden beds where produce is shared between the gardeners there are four chickens who eat scraps and lay eggs. There are also five lawn mowing sheep, a green house, an indigenous kitchen garden, an outdoor classroom, an education centre and two TAFE horticulture training groups on site. Around the site there are signs describing the history of the site as well as the various garden beds and plantings. The bush tucker garden is very interesting as well as beautifully designed.
An open day in the form of a family, farm fun day was held here on September 26 to introduce the garden and sustainability practices to the local community. Workshops were held on worm farming and composting, pickling and preserving and cheese, pasta and bread making. There were stalls on sustainable living as well as community garden information and the opportunity to purchase organic produce and hand crafted soaps.
The family friendly day had a petting zoo, face painting, handcrafts, and a chance for the kids to get their hands dirty in the garden. Refreshments, musical entertainment and self guided tours were also provided.