Nestled amongst the streets of Fullarton, surrounded by homes, is a pocket of paradise called the Fern Avenue Community Garden. From veggies to herbs, flowers and fruits, it’s brimming with a bounty of glorious fresh produce.
There are about 35 plots at Fern Avenue and they’re so popular, there’s a long waiting list. Everyone agrees the wait to secure a spot is definitely worth it.
The youngest member at Fern Avenue is just two years old, while the oldest is in her 90s. What you grow is up to you, but it must be done organically, and 10 per cent shared with the wider community. As well as reaping all the rewards that gardening brings — like fresh air and sunshine — friendships also flourish.
Community gardening is a valuable activity, contributing to the sustainability and well-being of the neighbourhood and providing an extensive range of environmental, social, recreational, health and educational benefits.
There are many ways to get involved, from joining or establishing a formal community garden, participating in gardening and healthy eating programs, becoming a volunteer or sharing your knowledge of gardening with others.
If you’re keen to ‘get growing’ and join a community garden in your area – just contact your local council for information.