Holdfast Bay’s Glenelg North Community Garden held its first open day today, celebrating two years of gardening, community building, education in organic food growing and promoting environmental sustainability.
Garden members and visitors mingled amongst the raised beds, discussing organic pest control, herbal remedies and favourite recipes. Over several months in the lead up to the open day, volunteers potted cuttings from their own gardens and grew vegetable seedlings from saved seeds. These were sold on the day to raise funds for the ongoing upkeep of the garden. A grand total of $1300 was raised in just four hours.
Home-made cakes and biscuits were served with morning tea and coffee, and a lunchtime barbecue included fresh-picked salad ingredients from the garden. The day’s success was due to a huge effort in time, planning and organisation from garden members and volunteers. Connecting with the local community and sharing the garden’s space and produce made it all worthwhile.