It’s so great to share the amazing concept of community gardens with you. Have you ever heard of them or been part of one? They are an awesome way to connect with nature and your community. Imagine cultivating the earth, exchanging gardening tips, growing plants, and connecting with your neighbours. I think it’s such a wonderful way to connect with nature and the people in your area.
So, why are community gardens so amazing? Well, for starters, they’re like green havens in the midst of urban areas. They’re perfect for people who don’t have their own yards to get their hands dirty, learn about gardening, and experience the joy of growing their food. They’re also a great way to meet new people and share stories while strengthening the bonds that make a community special. For example, I was at the North Nowra community garden sometime last year to help get rid of stinky bugs from the citrus trees. To be honest, I didn’t know what they were or how to get rid of the Stinky bugs when I volunteered on the group chat. Thanks to some of the amazing group members who gave me some clues but guess what? Information and experience are two different ball games entirely.
When I got to the garden, I put on my gloves and protective eyeglasses and got to work. It took forever as I was being careful not to get sprayed by the bugs. Luckily, a lovely lady- Christine, joined me. Oh my gosh! Christine was super experienced with Stinky bugs and got them off the trees like a pro. And me? I learnt from the pro! We talked, worked and laughed together. In no time, we were done! Luckily, I didn’t get sprayed. We connected so well and became friends. Later, we discovered we had much in common, including the local church we both attended and our love for supporting Multicultural communities in the Shoalhaven region. Small world. Isn’t it?
There is so much you can learn to do through community gardens. If you are new and wondering how to make friends or meet people in your new area, Community gardens are great for connecting with everyday people to learn and understand your new community’s norms, values and culture. They promote sustainable food practices, like composting and reducing waste, which makes them great for the environment. And let’s not forget about the beauty they add to the neighbourhood!
If you’re in Nowra, NSW and interested in joining a community garden, there are a few options you might want to explore.
- Nowra East Community Garden,
- Kareela Ngura, Terara
- North Nowra Community Garden
- Callala Community Garden
These are great places to learn, grow and connect with fellow gardeners. You can also call 1300 293 111 to check with the Shoalhaven City Council for information on community gardens.
Do you happen to know of any other community gardens around Nowra area that I haven’t mentioned? Or, are there other benefits of community gardens you think I omitted? Please add the missing pieces or share your thoughts and experience in the comment section below. Sharing is caring!
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