Jindabyne's growing community garden

The number of community gardens in Australia is increasing, and now, Jindabyne has its very own thanks to the work and commitment of many local residents.

Last Saturday a group got their hands dirty planting fruit and vegetable seedlings, digging holes and mulching. The result is a newly planted garden on the Jindabyne Oval which will grow to become a fully functional shared community garden for the town.

"Community gardens promote nutritional health through the growing, sharing and eating of fresh, locally grown food", says Lee Brulisauer, the council's health promotions officer.

"A special thank you goes to local gardener Margaret Chalk and garden designer Sandy Downing, who have been advocates and shown

extraordinary commitment to this project since it was proposed over a year ago."

The garden is owned by the residents of Jindabyne and managed by a local committee.

The committee is now putting together their working plan, and are calling for other interested residents who would like to be involved to contact them.

Margaret Chalk, the community garden president can be contacted on 0418 610 986 and said, "We look forward to hearing from people interested in having access to fresh and nutritious food, learning the skills of gardening and caring for the garden on a regular basis."

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