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Food is Free Project Tasmania

The Food is Free Project Tasmania will address changing climatic and economic factors affecting lives today, it will encourage new dialogue within our small and relatively isolated community to consider and modify the way we think and what we do, in order to minimise the impact of climate change and peak oil on living standards.

 

There are many broad strategies regarding peak oil and climate that can only feasibly be undertaken by Government or large business, but there is still much we can do as individuals and groups. One important strategy is to develop communities with a robust network of local food producers thereby building food independence. This can be encouraged by fostering a strong sense of community and facilitating a 'grow at home' movement.

 

Our local Geeveston Community Centre community garden is a new undertaking with a small, dedicated core of people passionate about great tasting, local food. The Food is Free Project is an extension of this and will address the issue of larger community involvement. It’s focused on encouraging new people to feel welcome within the shared space and giving them the confidence to take new ideas home to their own gardens. We are, essentially, taking the garden to the community and engaging with people who might not otherwise get involved.

 

The project offers physical assistance and materials to get families, children and individuals growing their own food. We hold garden work parties once a month in the community garden to grow garden confidence. We help source recycled materials and assist in the construction of raised wicking garden beds. We offer access to a local seed bank, which is available free throughout the year. We hold seedling give-aways twice a year during our spring and autumn festivals and are available for help and advice whenever requested.

Where it's at:

9b School road
Geeveston Tasmania 7116
Australia

Garden type:

community garden

Garden size (in square feet):

5000

Garden beneficiaries:

families and children

Number of people reached:

300

What this project needs:

seeds
compost
irrigation system

Project leaders:

Katie Devenish
Michael Higgins

About us:

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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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
info@kgi.org
(207) 956-0606