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Liberation Larder has been growing fruit, vegetables and herbs at The Farm on Ewingsdale Road since October 2016 to help provide the produce they need to supply the 500-plus meals they provide for people in need in our community every week.

They are currently looking for some extra hands who would like to get involved volunteering to help grow more food for their kitchen.

‘The Farm has generously made a plot of very productive land available to Liberation Larder,’ said organiser Helen Hamilton.

‘Our crew started modestly with three rows each 57 metres in length. Johno the farm manager gradually increased the plot and now it is nineteen rows. Our crew harvest 20–40 kilos each week from this land.’

The Larder grow a range of seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs to use in making their meals, growing everything from corn and eggplant to Asian and salad greens, turmeric and watermelon.

‘The land is donated by The Farm,’ continued Helen.

‘However it doesn’t end there. They also provide water, equipment and expertise at no cost to Liberation Larder. Everyone involved with The Farm has assisted the Larder Crew in some way. Examples include the manager Johno ploughing the field, seeding carrots and harvesting sweet potato at various times.

‘The commercial growers have all helped with advice, sharing resources and donating excess produce. The kitchen has bought produce from the plot. The florists have given loads of cardboard for mulching and the Bread Social have regularly given excess bread to the Larder kitchen.’

‘Don’t be fooled; this work is not glamorous,’ continued Helen.

‘Our crew find the best time to work is early in the day. They come equipped with solid shoes, large sun hats, water and sunscreen. However, hours are flexible and people work the time that suits them.’

If you would like to come and get your hands dirty, help make food for the most in need and take home a bit of the fresh produce you’ve helped grow then call Helen on 0439 409 655

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