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President of Mullum SEED Joel Orchard. Photo Jeff ‘Be Folate’ Dawson.
President of Mullum SEED Joel Orchard. Photo Jeff ‘Be Folate’ Dawson.

Growing out of the award-winning Mullumbimby Community Gardens, the Mullum Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development (aka Mullum SEED) is encouraging members of the community, that’s right – you, to join up and get involved.

Mullum SEED is bringing together a wide range of community organisations that have core environmental and sustainability principles to share their expertise with  the broader community.

President Joel Orchard said Mullum SEED is creating partnerships with groups like COREM (Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby), while other groups like Future Feeders, Mullum Cares and Plastic Free Byron are under the same organisational umbrella.

‘That’s so they can assist with the provision of insurance, and allow financial donors to make tax-deductible donations through their Deductible Gift Recipient status.’

The gardens occupy five acres within walking distance of Mullum’s CBD, providing a children’s garden, allotments and dedicated ‘food for all’ gardens where you can volunteer and take produce home.

Men’s shed

‘Mullum’s men’s shed has just signed a lease for an area in the gardens and are applying to build a structure where they will build nest boxes, bee boxes and possibly even have a repair shop,’ said Joel with enthusiasm.

SEED are currently developing an aquaponics setup and have received $8,000 from the Santos staff charity fund to pay for the solar panels that will provide the energy to run the project.

Develop and learn skills

The Future Feeders project that Mullum SEED auspices provides an opportunity for young farmers to develop and learn skills.

‘It’s about growing food that will enhance the environment,’ says Joel.

To get involved, you can join up as a member, an individual, family or organisation.

If you join before August 31 then you also go into the draw for a $500 voucher from Santos Organics.

Even if you don’t get the grand prize you will get a ten per cent discount on gardening accessories at Mitre 10, discounts on courses and workshops with Byron Community College, membership of Mullum Gardens along with lots of other benefits.

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