Lismore Community Garden project officer Linda Wirf and assistant co-ordinators Philippe Dupuy (left) and Marcus Makin.
Lismore Community Garden project officer Linda Wirf and assistant co-ordinators Philippe Dupuy (left) and Marcus Makin.

Groups wanted to plot and plan

Lismore Community Garden is inviting community groups to apply for their very own garden plot that they can nourish and care for together as a team.

Lismore Community Garden project officer Linda Wirf said community groups would be allocated a garden bed and materials such as newspaper and compost to get it going. Lismore Community Garden will also provide tools and advice on how to create a thriving garden plot, but the rest – buying the plants, maintaining the garden and picking the produce – is the sole responsibility of the group.

Linda said giving community groups their own plot allowed people to really take ownership of that patch of earth.

“It’s a shared project they can plan and work on together, creating a sense of belonging and meaningful purpose,” Linda said. “It also gives community groups independence – control over what they want to plant and when they want to come and care for it. Of course there’s also the added benefit of being able to grow and harvest healthy food and teach people about why growing and eating healthy food from their backyard is a good idea. For other groups, it might provide a place where participants can get some regular exercise and enjoy doing something together out in the fresh air.

“There’s also a great sense of pride and achievement that comes with taking ownership of something collectively and making it work. There are a hundred reasons to have your own plot!”

Linda said groups could make specialist gardens depending on what the group required. She said already the African community had started a garden, planting some of the vegetables they love eating but have had trouble sourcing locally.

“If you have visually impaired people in your group you might do a sensory garden based on smell and touch,” Linda explained. “Or for groups of people with disabilities, you might do a raised garden bed so people in wheelchairs can garden easily. Or you might want a purely medicinal garden. People can create whatever they want to fit the aims and objectives of their particular group. Being able to individualise their plot in whatever way they want is half the joy of it.”

Linda encourages groups to apply now as plots will only be available to groups for a limited time, then down the track plots will be offered to individuals who for one reason or another can’t have a garden at home.

Linda also stressed that groups are welcome to work in the shared garden anytime and share in the produce when harvesting comes around.

Groups who would like to apply for a garden plot should email Linda on lcf@nrsdc.org.au.

The Lismore Community Garden is open every Saturdays from 8am to 3pm when anyone can join in the shared gardening. The garden is also now opening during the week so people who can’t make the regular Saturday workdays can still get their hands dirty on another day.

For info, phone Linda on 6620 1815.


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