City Baptist Church, Afghan Hazara Community of Launceston team up for fresh vegetables

Growing both community spirit and fresh vegetables are the goals of a new project between City Baptist Church and the Afghan Hazara community of Launceston.

With several Afghan community members on the waiting list for new gardening plots at the Punchbowl Community Garden, the City Baptist Church found a new solution – fresh veggie plots in its car park.

Facilitated by congregation member Sally Stales and the Australian City Farms Community Garden Network, the new project has taken off.

Hard work through three working bees over the weekend created more than 10 brand new plots where once traditional flower beds lay, ready for new migrant families to plant and grow vegetables.

State ACFCGN representative Jo Dean said the project was a positive, powerful program that used practical solutions and fostered a welcoming, supportive community.

“To me this is a wonderful example of the way gardening has the ability to make caring connections between cultures and empowers us to work together for positive change and enrich our local area,” she said.

This is a wonderful example of the way gardening has the ability to make caring connections.

Jo Dean