Cygnet Library Community Garden Project
Cygnet is a rural community of approximately 1000 people, with a small, but well attended library at its centre. As a library, it's primary aim is to improve the literacy outcomes of the local community where nearly 50% of adults cannot read or write. One way of achieving this goal is through community outreach activities that are inclusive and that appeal to a broad audience - this is where gardening comes in! In 2013 local Cygnet volunteers began working with the staff at the library to create an innovative community garden project which incorporates sustainability principles with community art.
So far the garden has been entirely run by community donations and volunteer support and the benefits of the project to our community is already evident, with locals and visitors becoming intrigued and engaged in the purpose of the project, coming together and feeling a sense of pride in what this initiative has achieved so far, and what is possible in the future.
In October Stage 1 of the Cygnet Library Garden Project was launched. This included a community arts project “Wishes” involving local children and adults & coordinated by volunteers along with the educational edible/medicinal plant garden facing the main street of Cygnet where visitors and town folk are invited to wander through to learn, enjoy and participate in ways that are comfortable to them.
Stage 2 & 3 of the Project is to involve community members in creating art for the garden, increase the edible garden area and maximise its amenity as a venue for educational workshops on sustainability (growing mushrooms, seed saving, composting etc), literacy activities eg: 'Storytime' for pre-schoolers, inclusion activities eg: Senior's poetry in the garden, and just generally as a safe, welcoming environment for people to enjoy and maybe even get interested in reading!
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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