Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Plotter Profile #2 Richard

Richard planting out broccoli seedings
Richard has been involved to varying degrees for the last three year.
He doesn't have a plot at the WBCG, as he has a bit of space at home which he tends.
He lends his strength to both the communal crew and more recently the garden's organising committee.

Richard is not a 'fussy' gardener, as he professed his fascination for all plants. When pressed, he mentioned that he was very fond of beans, as they were so prolific in nature: From just one bean seed there can be a whole plant with kilos to harvest and then more to save for seed.

mouse cucumbers
Being involved with a community garden for Richard came from a love of gardening and a desire for experimentation and "more space". His own garden is not big enough for larger vegetables and shrubs like pumpkins and zucchini.

Since joining the garden he has delighted in discovering new plants - tomatillos, amaranth, mouse cucumbers, and finger limes - and sharing the produce and knowledge of plot holders and from the communal beds.

Richard is also the WBCG gardener in charge of the Friends of Aileu coffee project.

A tip from Richard - don't be afraid to ask the other gardeners questions; they have a wealth of knowledge which they love to share!

-Monique

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We're working together for a vibrant, sustainable network of community gardening locations in Moreland.

Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).

Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
  1. To bring people together.
  2. To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
  3. To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
  4. To encourage sustainable gardening
  5. To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food