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Like many in the Byron Shire, the Mullumbimby Community Garden has gone through a time of challenges and resilience.

This Saturday (October 22) the much-loved garden will celebrate coming out the other side with a free festival celebrating the spirit of new growth.

Grow Fest will be a day-long event featuring gardening and regeneration workshops, yoga, sound healings, music, food and meditation.

Kicking off at 9am with an official opening ceremony at 10.30, the free event will also have a tonne of activities for kids.

‘We really want to invite everyone to have a great day with us and to come and check out the gardens because they’re looking wonderful,’ the event’s co-organiser Gina Lakosta said.

‘COVID was pretty hard on the Gardens. We inherited some of the social problems of Mullum: mental health, drug addiction and homelessness. We got through that with some help from other institutions and then the floods came.

‘We ended up with mud for three to four months. But one silver lining was that we attracted a few exceptional volunteers and got a lot of really good work done, and that attracted more volunteers.

‘Now we’ve really got the community spirit back. We’ve got two bush schools and we want to show the community that the Gardens are here for them.’

While the event is free, there will be opportunities to contribute to the Garden’s effort to raise funds to upgrade the famous rotunda.

The cash only event will have food, t-shirts and seedlings available for purchase, but those short of funds will also be more than welcome to enjoy the day for free.

‘We’d love to upgrade and renovate the rotunda so we can have activities and meals in there when it’s raining or windy,’ Ms Lakosta says.

‘Back in 2014 we won the Golden Shovel for the best community garden in Australia. We’d love to get back and win that again.’

The Garden is located at 156 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby. For more information and weather updates, visit the group’s Facebook page.

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