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West Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009 - 2010



West Arnhem Shire Council Annual Report 2009 - 2010

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Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Program Reports Page 55 Case Study: Market Gardens The CDEP Market Garden program has been running in Gunbalanya and Warruwi for most of 20092010. The Gunbalanya garden has a full time supervisor and 3 regular CDEP participants. The Warruwi garden also has a full time supervisor and 1 regular CDEP participant. The Minjilang garden has employed a full time supervisor and is due to commence operations in mid 2010. The objective with the gardens is to provide produce for sale within the community in which it is grown. The challenge with this is that we need to produce a wide range of crops and these need to be planted a little at a time so produce is available on a continuing basis. This means we cant plant a whole paddock of pumpkins for example because we will have too many pumpkins to sell and people dont want to just eat pumpkins alone. At this stage the size of the gardens and logistical issues such as transport have precluded us fully exploring the option of selling the produce outside of the communities. The major crops at each garden have been sweet potatoes, banana, watermelon, paw paw and pumpkin with rock melon, snake beans, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, cassava and passionfruit being grown as well. During the year in Gunbalanya we have focussed on developing the skills the supervisor and CDEP participants need to run the garden independently of outside assistance. Previously the focus of training has been on basic skills such as how to plant, pick and weed vegetables. We have gone into more depth this year looking at: how to maintain the filtration system; knowing when, how much and what types of fertilisers different crops need; identifying pests and managing them with the least toxic sprays and chemicals possible; managing and keeping records of produce and liaising with customers. A lot of progress has been made at Gunbalanya with the construction of a picnic area and setup of a storage shed adjacent to the garden, rearranging the garden to allow for more wind protection of the bananas and paw paws, refining the water filtration system and setting up a shade house. We have also been generating income from selling our produce with a majority of it going to the Aged Care centre. In the coming year we plan increase the volume of produce coming out of the garden. We also plan to establish a parallel project to allow women to get involved in gardening around the community. The Women Greening the Community project will plant and maintain fruit trees in public spaces and peoples yards through Gunbalanya and encourage people to get involved in growing food at home.

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