Delacombe garden expansion improves community access to fresh vegetables

More fresh food will soon be available to all in Delacombe with the expansion of YMCA Ballarat’s community garden. 

FRESH FOOD: YMCA health promotions officer, Conservation Volunteers Australia's Tess Marshall and Dan the Veggie Bin Man install wicker garden beds at the Delacombe Community Garden. Picture: Kate Healy

FRESH FOOD: YMCA health promotions officer, Conservation Volunteers Australia's Tess Marshall and Dan the Veggie Bin Man install wicker garden beds at the Delacombe Community Garden. Picture: Kate Healy

An extra 12 wicker beds were installed at the Delacombe Community Hub garden on Monday, tripling its size.

YMCA Ballarat health promotions officer Georgia Savage said community gardens provided one solution to ensure all can access fresh and healthy food.

Members of the community are welcome to access the garden at any time. 

A workshop provided information about wicking beds to visitors before they were installed. 

Ms Savage said staff at YMCA hoped to continue running educational workshops as the garden expands, creating an educational space where community members can learn to grow and cook fresh vegetables. 

Staff and YMCA gardening club members will plant the wicker beds in coming weeks. 

The plan is the plant everything we need to make a beautiful winter veggie soup.

Georgia Savage, YMCA Ballarat health promotions officer

The gardening club meets each week to help maintain the garden plots and harvest vegetables.

Ballarat Community Health’s report Food Insecurity in Ballarat reveals someone accessing emergency food relief would buy meat, vegetables and fruit if given an extra $20.