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Mullum Community Gardens turns ten

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Cr Jannette Martin tends the community gardens, which celebrates ten years young on October 27. Photo Jeff Dawson

Over the past decade, the Mullumbimby Community Gardens have blossomed into a priceless community resource, which utilises the very best of the grassroots community volunteer spirit.

It also supports low- income community members to pay off their fines by helping plant organic food that can be harvested by one and all.

The garden was voted community garden of the year by the ABC in 2016, and is still going from strength to strength by actively creating a framework for food security in our region.

The diversity of plants and the developing seed bank keep their ideas at the forefront of evolving garden culture. Every Tuesday, a delicious affordable lunch is served up to the community using vegetables freshly picked that day.

On Saturday October 27, everyone is encouraged to come and engage with and learn from some of the very knowledgeable folk who help keep the gardens flourishing. There will be talks on worm farms, permaculture, chemical-free regeneration and biodynamics, just to name a few topics.

Children’s garden

Co-organiser Gina Lakosta says, ‘The children’s garden has been a great success at the gardens, providing a wonderful place for kids to make friends and forage for food. This helps them understand where their food comes from and hopefully inspires a few farmers for the future. There will be plenty of kids’ activities on the day.

‘It would be wonderful to see people come down to the garden and find their own place in this community ecosystem. There will be music, storytelling, craft and much more.’ 

The gardens are located in Stuart Street, over the creek from the Mullum Market grounds. The day kicks off at 10am.

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