Benalla Uniting Church received a grant from Tomorrow Today’s Community Fund in 2018. We visited the garden to check on their progress.
“Prior to lockdown,” explains Tanya Walker, Presbytery Secretary at Benalla Uniting Church,“we had been enjoying weekly working bees in the garden, with up 20 volunteers helping out. The produce from the garden was used in a community lunch once a week – an opportunity for community to access a good cooked meal using fresh veggies, as well as
make social connections.”
Lockdown has not slowed the progress of this community project, however. During this
period, a small committee has been ensuring that the garden remains productive for the
community, removing the last of the summer vegetables and planting new ones. “We want to ensure there are veggies there when people want or need them,” says Tanya; “whether it saves you a few dollars or saves you buying more than you need. It gives us great joy to see the garden being used by the community.”
Donations to Tomorrow Today’s community fund are invested, with the income providing a source of funding for local community projects each year. It truly is a case of ‘from little
things, big things grow’!