The Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Garden is seeking new members to join their growing committee.
Oh the opportunity for puns! But seriously, if you are struggling with getting anything to sprout in our desert climate, would like to grow your own organic fruit and vegies and want to be a part of an international trend then this is your chance to get involved and put down some roots in KB.
Floated in 2011 by then current Kalgoorlie Boulder CEO, Don Burnett, the Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Garden initiative is finally bearing some fruit. A large portion of land adjacent to Hammond Park on Memorial Drive has been plotted out for individual residents and community groups or schools to ‘rent a bed’ for their very own gardens.
This fantastic community project has been supported by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, SUEZ and the Royalties for Regions Community Trust. Funds raised so far have gone towards fencing the site and money has been allocated for a secure shed for storage, garden beds, a water storage tank including reticulation for the garden beds, gardening tools and professionally designed plans to make the most of the space.
The garden has received some great community support through the local live crowdfunding project Souper Pitch too. Held at Rydges on the 12th of November 2015, the KBC Garden committee chairperson Jennifer Nicholls presented a compelling pitch (complete with a pitchfork as a prop!) about the future of the project and received over $500 from the crowd which was immediately put towards insurance costs which has allowed members to enter the site to begin preparations for Stage One.
Future plans for this shared space include a worm farm, hothouse and propagating area and a frog pond to name a few. Current members and partners are also looking forward to passing on their knowledge with forums about water wise practices and an building an interpretive display naming edible native plants or ‘Bush Tucker’.
If you would like to become a member of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Garden or get your name on the list for a garden bed please contact KBC Garden chairperson Jennifer Nicholls at email@example.com