Sophie Byers at community garden May 2013
My name is Sophia. I work for the Aboriginal Medical Service, here at Walgett. I also work as a gardener at the Walgett Community Garden. I have been working here for about 10 months. My main role is to grow fresh fruit and vegetables as well as to promote the ‘Healthy for Life’ Program, which is the program that the Walgett Community Garden is part of. I grow a range of vegetables depending upon the season. Some of the vegetables that we have successfully grown are: Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli,Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber,Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Silverbeet,Spinach and Zucchinis. There is a special garden for the herbs and it contains: Basil, Curly Parsley, Fennel, Flat Leaf Parsley, Lemon Balm,Spearmint,Sage,Thyme and Variegated Sage.The Lime, Lemon and Orange trees are newly planted and still establishing.Fruits that have been harvested include: Passionfruit,Rockmelon and Strawberries. As well as growing the produce it is also my role to maintain the Community Garden and distribute the harvested produce. The Walgett Community Garden is open four days per week: Monday,Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The garden is open from 9am until 12 noon. Some groups visit the Walgett Community Garden as part of an organised program which involves participants planting fruit and vegetables. Other groups visit the garden to pick up harvested produce. Community groups that visit include: The Dharriwaa Elders Group,St Joseph’s School, The Women’s Group, Mackillop Rural Community Services, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation,Walgett Shire Council ‘Healthy Communities’ Program. It is great to see so many groups visiting the Community Garden.