The Community Garden located at the Kangaroo Island Community Centre is indeed just that – a community garden open to everyone.
Anybody can come and pick fresh produce from the garden on 16 Telegraph Road, Kingscote but the good folks at the Community Centre are always looking for more members to help out with the garden.
Garden member Sharon Tucker said it was a two-way street, you can pick produce and be part of a community initiative, there are no rules, just come and enjoy some gardening it’s that simple.
“We would like more volunteers to be involved and to come and garden with us,” Ms Tucker said. “People that can bring their knowledge and skills, their expertise, humour and ideas.”
The concept of the garden is to grow fresh produce to share with the community, any fresh vegetables that are surplus are put on the “Pantry” table, another initiative at the Community Centre, to share fruit and vegetables to the community.
The garden is also a focus project supported by the “Eat, Grow, Learn” Adult Community Education (ACE) program delivered by Junction Australia.
This program allows students to learn and share new skills, while the ACE cooking program, uses fresh produce from the garden in their creative cooking sessions.
All ACE programs are funded through the Department for Industry and Skills and play a big part in the Community Centre.
The garden is never closed and everyone is welcome to visit and pick fresh veggies, which at the moment include broccoli, silver beet, spinach, cauliflower, peas, beetroot and there is always donated produce such as potatoes, lemons and more.
“Anyone one can come to the garden” she said. “Take a handful of what you need leaving enough for the next person.”
It is hoped the garden will be expanded, sleepers had been donated to make more garden beds but require helpers to make the beds.
Also with more garden volunteers we can grow more. We always have jobs to do and are also looking for some artist flair to add to the garden.
The Men’s Shed recently installed a garden shed donated through the Neami National Kangaroo Island Pantry initiative.
“Come and play in the garden and feel good,” Ms Tucker said. “We all like something green and there is no discrimination.”