Lettuce grow - Balaklava Community Garden Project
Photo courtesy of Wakefield Regional Council
Wakefield Regional Council
Towns/communities where project is situated:
Balaklava community and Pinery, Owen, Avon, Port Wakefield, Halbury and Hoyleton.
To increase the community’s knowledge and skills in gardening and healthy eating, increase opportunities for physical activity through gardening, and increase community networks.
Balaklava community and its peripheral towns, including a focus on schools and childcare centres.
External partner and their role:
Flinders University: Flinders University nutrition and dietetics students will deliver community nutrition workshops and support evaluation processes.
The project will address a number of identified health issues, in particular mental health and wellbeing, low fruit and vegetable intake, low physical activity and high rates of obesity.
The project involves the production of a community garden in Balaklava, supported by the establishment of a sustainable community garden management committee.
Complementary programs will include a weekly Green Gym program, delivered through Conservation Volunteers Australia.
The Green Gym will engage with the wider community, particularly people seeking to increase their fitness, physical and mental wellbeing or simply to connect with other people or nature. The program offers a free 40 week practical program for local community members on building the garden, propagation, vegetable gardening and composting.
Additional community groups and organisations - such as schools, childcare centres, library and Trees for Life - will be involved in the community garden activities.
A long term aim of the project is to contribute to obesity prevention though improved nutrition and physical activity and to promote mental health and wellbeing.