The Veggies for All program started in 2017 to support backyard vegetable growing across Eurobodalla.
Between 2017 to 2020, Veggies for All provided about 500 households in Eurobodalla the opportunity to attend “Introduction to Gardening” workshops and subsequently installed more than 200 vegetable wicking beds complete with soil, mulch, and seeds, into low-income Eurobodalla residents’ backyards.
The program has been made possible through the generous support of grants of around $20,000 a year from the Illawarra Mutual Bank (IMB) Community Foundation, and an amazing team of volunteers coordinated by Kathryn Maxwell, SAGE Veggies for All Coordinator.
Towards the end of 2019, the activity took a new direction and funds were used to build a Community Garden in the grounds of the St John Anglican Parish in Moruya. 14 wicking beds were built, soil mulch and seeds distributed, and the beds are now leased out to individuals and community groups.
In 2020, Kathryn Maxwell saw an opportunity to help people whose gardens had been damaged in the summer bushfires and SAGE received further funding from the IMB Bank Community Foundation to install more than 30 veggie beds, and host three veggie gardening workshops.
The funding also allowed for new wicking beds to be built at the SAGE Garden to grow food for the SAGE Community Food Program which provides food to welfare groups and people in need.
The Veggies for All program is supported by a team of volunteers who work on projects as needed. If you would like to know more about the program or volunteering, please contact us.