Garden for Hope, Croydon
Hope City Mission is a community organisation that provides a foodbank service for people in the community who struggle with food security issues. The organisation approached Melbourne Water with a proposal to construct a community garden on the O’Shannassy Pipe Track located adjacent to their distribution centre in Croydon.
Their vision was to build a ‘Garden for Hope’, whereby fresh produce grown from the garden could supplement the significant quantity of food given away every week and provide educational programs to teach people how to grow and prepare healthy eating options. Construction of a linear strip of community garden beds commenced in November 2015, with the first crops sown and harvested a short time later. The construction of garden beds through a ‘Work for the Dole Program’ delivered further social outcomes by providing employment for local youths.