Local environmental not-for- profit organisation Santos Organics has announced $30,000 in grants for Byron Shire projects that increase local food production and consumption.
The recipients of the funds are Byron Hinterland Seed Savers, Mullumbimby Community Gardens, Mullumbimbees and Federal Community Children’s Centre.
The funded projects include:
- An upgraded kitchen and function space at Mullumbimby Community Gardens.
- Aboriginal bush regenerators working with Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare to provide free training days for community members at the children’s centre
- A regional food growing hub for Byron Hinterland Seed Savers showcasing the 45 perennial foods currently being freely shared plus a registry recording the community’s seed savers seed stock.
- and a well-equipped bee-keeping resource centre for Byron Shire community members to learn about the environmental benefits of bee-keeping and assess their options to get their home production system established.
Rasa Dover, the founder of Byron Hinterland Seed Savers said her group was ‘excited that we’ll be able to share these wonderful foods with the community and increase awareness about how to grow them and consume them’.
‘We are hopeful that everyone will have a whole lot more diversity in their gardens and on their dinner plate!”
These funds have been made available because as an Australian registered environmental not-for- profit organisation Santos Organics invests its profits in projects that enhance the natural environment.
These projects are expected to roll out over the next 12 months, predominantly using volunteer labour.
Anyone wanting to be involved in any of the projects should contact the relevant organisation.