Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Oasis among Backyards; Garden Grows Opportunity for People with Disabilities

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Oasis among Backyards; Garden Grows Opportunity for People with Disabilities

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

FOR Bonnie Rach, sowing seeds and nurturing plants is not just a passion, it's a way of life.

Bonnie and husband Eric live the good life, growing as much of their own food as possible.

And now their green fingers are inspiring others to dig a healthy, productive future at Rockhampton's Wandal Community Garden.

With volunteers such as Chris Hooper, Bonnie and Eric have helped transform 2000sq m of urban backyards into a garden where people can rent a place to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs.

But more importantly, they have created an oasis where people with disabilities can enjoy a different kind of day care among corn, tomatoes, beans, chillies and sweet potatoes.

Julie Dowse, the garden's day service co-ordinator, said clients were now being recruited to reap the benefits of almost a year of hard work by the volunteers.

"We can now offer fully funded day care to people who can discover the joy of growing food and working with nature. …

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