Taree Community Garden celebrates successful harvest and government grant | Manning River Times

Wed Nov 30, 2016

A “perfect” garlic harvest and a windfall of $8186 reveals Taree Community Garden is thriving.

Volunteers dug about 50 kilograms of garlic from beds on November 27 and two days later horticultural consultant Darren Harrison and Flourish Australia representative Kirsten Olsen stood in MidCoast Council’s administration office in Taree to collect a cheque from the Stronger Communities Grants Program.

The milestone moments hint at the strengths of the team behind the garden and an increasing awareness by the three tiers of government of its importance to community development. Two federal government Work for the Dole projects delivered hard infrastructure to the site in Wynter Street and the MidCoast Council allocation of State government funds will now enable the installation of irrigation, the purchase of a rotary tiller and creation of Taree Community Garden signage.

Seedlings planted during the recent garlic harvest will need frequent watering and Darren says the irrigation system will be critical to their survival during hot Spring and Summer days.

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