Australia Day celebrations are a great time to express the generous Australian spirit towards asylum seekers and those in need. During the summer time, herbs are flourishing! Many home gardeners find their herb plants outgrow their pots/land in the summer time, and usually split the plant to share with their family and friends. Split plants donated to those facing food insecurity can make them feel the generous spirit of Australia Day. Such a gift would provide an ongoing, self sustaining way for people to enhance their own nourishment. Sophie from Gardening Australia shows how it can be done with ease in this engaging video: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4570418.htm
Small pots are the best way to present your wonderful gift, with a label to identify the plant. The ASRC and Rowville Community Kitchen have clients who could use some home grown herbs in pots. People receive great joy when gifted with herbs! Strawberry and pepper plants are also greatly appreciated. Just pop in and say "Hello" from Jan 10 to Jan 31 during their opening times and help celebrate Australia Day. Remember, all NFPs are closed on Australia day - Jan 26 - a public holiday! SHARE THE NEWS ON FACEBOOK!
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank Level 1, 218 Nicholson Street Footscray VIC 3011 Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm. Closed on public holidays.
Rowville Community Centre 40 Fulham Road, Rowville VIC 3178 Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm.
Closed on public holidays.
The ASRC Foodbankvolunteers loved receiving the first round of herb pots and cut Rosemary . The cut Rosemary was immediately bundled for many refugees to take home! The flat parsley, thyme, oregano, chocolate mint and rosemary pots went home with refugees! Such a great way to empower people with food resilience. Bless and Opa!
Local Food Connect - Golden Seedling Award Tiny Trowel was honoured in the 2017 LFC awards list! A Golden Seedling nomination for entrepreneurial efforts THANK YOU Local Food Connect!!! http://localfoodconnect.org.au/
WE DID IT! Together we provided hundreds of seeds to those in need! And 21 thousand views via 'likes' and 'shares' on Facebook!
NFPs supporting, enabling and empowering those in need to adopt self sustaining food gardening practices are grateful to the gardening community for contributing to their 'clients' looking to start their own food gardens! THANK YOU!!!
We as gardeners, can send excess seed at any time of year. Each of the NFPs listed below has a certified horticulturalist employed, and ready to look after the seeds, either to start the seeds, store the seeds or distribute to others facing crisis yet know how to start seeds :-) You can be assured the seeds will be looked after. Variety is welcome! Please help share the news on social media. A Facebook Group "Tiny Trowellers" has been created. Please join the conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283951395005787/
STREAT cafe, Collingwood says: "A lovely surprise package of seeds arrived today Tiny Trowel and Diggers Club SA. Thankyou for this lovely initiative. Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas"
The Whitehorse Urban Harvest Food Swap and ESPG have participated in Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas. A lovely packet of seeds arrived at the ASRC Foodbank this week. Individuals will now be empowered to grow their own self sustaining food gardens. Thank you so much!!
Newhope Community Care says THANK YOU!! : "Got such a lovely surprise as l opened the NewHope Community Care mail today! There was a lovely Christmas card from Tiny Trowel filled with so many packets of seeds ! Thank you to all who gave generously to those in need. I look forward to passing them on to families to grow and share. ⭐️Merry Christmas to all.⭐️"
Vicky sent seeds and said "I have some seeds to donate and will do it tomorrow! A friend gave me a Spaghetti Squash, I saved the seeds, and planted some. 5 weeks later the vines are nearly a metre high with plenty of flowers developing, so it seems they are viable. It is such a substantial food!"