A project by Mullumbimby’s popular community garden to sell its homegrown food at a cafe on site has been given an extra spurt of growth with $12,000 in government funding.
The money will help with the installation of a worm farm, grey water system, plumbing fixtures, sinks and benches so enabling a compliant kitchen to operate at the site.
The funding, announced by Richmond MP Justine Elliot under the Stronger Communities Program, is for the garden’s Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development (Mullum SEED) will be matched by the enterprise.
Mrs Elliot said a café and catering service using produce grown in SEED’s gardens would operate twice a week.
‘They will prepare cost price lunches for volunteers, low income and homeless people,’ she said.
‘The facility will be available for community hire while also being used for training and the certifying of hospitality students with work experience in their kitchen.
‘I congratulate the Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development on this important project.
‘The Mullum SEED will match this funding of $12,000 combined with their in-kind contributions bringing the total amount of the project to $26,328 for the Mullumbimby Community Garden project.’