Taree church opens garden to support local community

id-Coast mayor Claire Pontin cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

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Taree Adventist church (NSW) celebrated the opening of its community garden on June 2, a project aimed at building relationships with the local community.

Initiated by the women’s ministries group, the project received initial funding from the church and grants from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the North New South Wales (NNSW) health department and the Morisset ADRA Op Shop. Jane Richardson was appointed as Garden Manager, supported by Pastor Paul Richardson, the local management committee and numerous dedicated volunteers.

The garden’s mission, displayed on a sign at the site, is to “sow, grow, and share” fresh vegetables with the local community, fostering connections and providing support through fresh produce.

Attending the opening day were church members and local residents. Special guests included Mid-Coast mayor Claire Pontin, ADRA NSW manager Lazio Crescentini, NNSW health director Erin Keegan, and local church pastors Mike Collum and Graham Stewart, who all delivered speeches.

Ms Richardson acknowledged the contributions of suppliers and volunteers in setting up the garden, which features raised beds, irrigation, a pergola, a tool shed and fencing. Mayor Pontin officially opened the garden by cutting a ribbon and planting a rosemary bush in the regenerative area of the garden.

The Manning Area Pathfinders hosted a barbecue, while church ladies operated a craft stall, and there were car boot sales to celebrate the garden’s opening.

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