City of Victor Harbor to look at establishing a community garden

NATURAL: Victor Harbor Farmers Market's Jane Williams, Moira Jenkins and Inman River Catchment Land Care Group's Dianne Sinclair.
NATURAL: Victor Harbor Farmers Market's Jane Williams, Moira Jenkins and Inman River Catchment Land Care Group's Dianne Sinclair.

VICTOR HARBOR – The City of Victor Harbor will work with the Inman River Catchment Landcare Group to investigate the viability of establishing a community garden in Victor Harbor.

Council will look at options for the provision of land, including council owned land and establish a  steering committee for the Community Garden. 

At the September council meeting councillor Moira Jenkins argued the need for a community garden for Victor Harbor and had the full support of elected members.

“A community garden caters for all the generations in Victor Harbor area and is an important place where community members can learn, support each other and come together in a positive environment,” Cr Jenkins said.

“A community garden ticks so many boxes and it is a wonder Victor Harbor does not already have one.

“A number of people in the community have asked me about it and this is the first step in addressing this need.” 

At the council meeting a number of suggestions for a suitable site were made including the establishment of the community garden where the Men's Shed is going to be built at Martha Close.

Councillor Jenkins said that a community garden can help facilitate social interaction and connection with the community and is a way of people who no longer have their own back yard to grow vegetables, pass on their knowledge and be part of a community of keen gardeners. 

Cr Jenkins also has the support of the Victor Harbor Farmers Market and Inman River Catchment Landcare Group on the community garden concept.

Chair of the Victor Harbor Farmers Market Jane Williams said that a community garden is something that the farmers market would be delighted to support and sponsor.

“The community garden can be used to teach children how to grow vegetables and healthy foods.

“Schools may be able to use the garden and then sell the vegetables at the farmers market to raise money for various projects, teach students about running an agribusiness and about healthy eating,” Ms Williams said.