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Aspley - Grandpa's Garden - Community Garden to meet a Social Need

In the centre of Aspley, on busy Gympie Road is a small cafe, Cup from Above, which does lots of work to help disadvantaged people in the area.

http://www.cupfromabove.com.au/newcup/

They do community concerts, suspended coffee and food tokens, and a "Grandma's Kitchen" program where people can learn to cook cheap and healthy meals.

They have a new project now called "Grandpa's Garden"

http://www.cupfromabove.com.au/newcup/grandpas-garden-fundraiser/

where they plan to build a garden at the back of the shop where people can learn about growing food. 

I went down there the other day to donate my Earthmaker compost bin (I now use worm farms only) and had a look at the site.  They are right at the beginning of the project.  It is a large area. Faces north, good sun, slight slope.  The shops shelter it from Gympie Road.  Lot of potential but also lots of work to set it up with scarce resources.

I thought we could all keep it in mind if we have anything to share - from equipment and plants to time, money and garden know-how.  Perhaps we, as a group, could even adopt it.

What does everyone think?

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A garden visit there in the new year and we each bring what we can spare in the way of cuttings, plants, seeds, tools, pots, compost, fertilisers, garden books … How does that sound?

Think we'll start with a GV so members can come along and see for themselves what is needed, though anyone is welcome to make their own contact with this group of course.

I'll get in contact with them so I can make a visit on my own first before setting up a group visit.

I think it is a fantastic cause. 

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