Grow your own food in new community garden

Strathfield is tapping into the growing trend for home grown food with a plan to open community gardens in the area where residents can acquire skills and healthy eating habits.

The community garden movement is mushrooming across Sydney, buoyed
by the renewed interest in sustainable fresh produce sparked by top-rating TV cooking shows.

But a report shows that 40 per cent of Strathfield’s residents now live in homes that don’t have any access to gardens, and the municipality risks losing
the skills and knowledge of a generation of gardeners.

According to the Council report: “Lack of access to gardens may result in increasing numbers of local residents who do not have the opportunity to grow their own food plants. Over time this can lead to decline in skills and the knowledge associated with healthy lifestyles and nutrition, gardening techniques and sustainable food production.”

The first community garden has already been earmarked at Laker Reserve, and $248,000 set aside to develop it. Other sites may follow as demand grows.


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