Gardening a growing trend
A new community program is set to transform non-gardeners into budding greenthumbs by teaching them how to grow, harvest and cook their own food.
The free initiative will pass on knowledge to help Hills homeowners produce fruit, vegetables and herbs in their backyards.
In turn, its organisers hope it will lead to healthier and happier residents as they benefit from exercise, healthy eating and make new friendships with other learner gardeners.
Mt Barker Duck Flat Community Garden co-ordinator Megan Collins will lead the local Magic Harvest Program with volunteers Chris Banks and Peta Page, as a joint venture between the garden, the Bluestone housing estate and the Mt Barker Community Centre.
The program was developed in the Onkaparinga district and teaches new gardeners the basics over a series of workshops, starting with 1sqm plots based on Hills author Lolo Houbein’s popular book, One Square Metre.