Grow Free on the Fleurieu

GROW FREE: At the sharing cart in Ocean Street are at back Ruth Leckey and Andrew Barker and in front Oliver Modra and Barry Baudinette from Mitre 10.
GROW FREE: At the sharing cart in Ocean Street are at back Ruth Leckey and Andrew Barker and in front Oliver Modra and Barry Baudinette from Mitre 10.

REGION –  If you walk down the streets of the townships of the Fleurieu there is a good chance you will see sharing carts where people can drop off or pick up free produce and seedlings.

It is the initiative of Grow Free, who are dedicated to making food locally grown, organic and free. 

Grow Free is all about growing and giving away free organic, heirloom veggie/herb/flower seedlings for people to get their garden going.

They cook for those who are struggling at Cafe Crozier, run by the Salvation Army and  help people setup their gardens and provide the labour.

Generally they strive to imbue the community with a lot more sharing, love and the promotion of good health.

Currently a fundraiser is being organised and Grow Free founder Andrew Barker said it is important they get community support.

“We are fundraising  for a free seed giveaway and really want to let the community know that if they chip in just a small amount like $10, if enough do that, we could purchase enough veggie seeds to provide many, if not all homes, which want to grow food on the Fleurieu,” Andrew said.

“If you were to walk down a street anywhere and ask people whether they would rather pay money for fairly nutritionally deficient food in the supermarket, or be able to get healthy, organic food for free, well, the answer is self-evident really.

“So why aren't we doing that?

“If we were to grow our own food and share it amongst the community, we could change things dramatically.

“I feel that there is this general consensus of either hopelessness, or that "this is the way things are always done.

“But we can empower each other, the community, and change the way we live.”

Grow Free have two sharing carts in Victor Harbor and one each in Goolwa, Yankalilla and Strathalbyn.

In Victor Harbor there is one sharing cart at Mitre 10 in Stuart Street and the other at Ruthys in Ocean Street. The carts in Goolwa, Strathalbyn and Yankalilla are featured prominently in the main streets and proving to be popular among the communities. 

There are plans to set up more sharing carts and the nature of the carts are that anyone can put their surplus produce or seedlings on them to give to the community for free.

“No need for trading or bartering, just the community giving to each other,” Andrew said.

If interested for more information or to join Grow Free contact Andrew Barker on 0404 281 635. 

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