And there’s never a shortage of things to do, with 2 goats, 10 chickens, 5 ducks, 2 guinea pigs, a rabbit and a lizard named ‘Steve’ to care for. Plus there’s always plenty of weeding, propagation, mulching, pruning, digging and composting to keep the garden humming along.
The various garden tasks are tailored to the individual’s abilities, with a huge focus on independence and achieving goals. And winter has seen a bumper crop of edibles perfect for use in the café, “winter is a great time in the garden, it’s not too hot to work, the ground is soft and this season we’ve grown lettuce, Asian greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach and kale” Reece says.
Participants will soon have individual plots do grow whatever they want, as the Garden continues to evolve, but one of the highlights will always be picking the produce to give to the café to use for its lunch menu.