YOU couldn’t have predicted how well the Leongatha Community Garden would go when it opened in May 2015.
Not only is a large number of people involved in the growing of produce at the garden, located on the old Leongatha Primary School site, but there’s been a range of impressive healthy living programs to come out of the initiative as well.
Which is just as it should be for a project that was instigated by the Leongatha hospital’s parent body, the Gippsland Southern Health Service.
But now with demand for involvement in cooking classes and other associated programs growing beyond the present equipment’s ability to cope, the Leongatha Community Garden Committee is looking for a $5000 grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Grants Program to finish the job.
Recently, at a public presentation session before the shire council sat down to make its final decision on who got what grant, members of the committee, Tim Howard and Cheryl Lamb, made a final persuasive pitch.
“Seventy people are growing veggies at the site and we’re running a lot of workshops about healthy living,” said Tim.
“As well as the garden, we’ve also got a kitchen (where the seminars, food preparation and cooking takes place) that we now need to upgrade.”
“We’re running 10-12 classes a year teaching people how easy and inexpensive it is to produce good food,” said Cheryl.
The community has donated much in volunteer time and trade skills but the facility needs a new stove, new micro wave, exhaust fans, stools and general cooking equipment and a $5000 grant would go a long way to setting the garden up for a fantastic future.
Whether they get it or not will be decided when the new council hands out the final grants for 2016 on Wednesday night, December 14 at 7pm in the Council Chambers in Leongatha.
The council will meet for its final meeting of the year earlier in the day at 2pm.