Greenock community cart

SHARING: Monique Stein with daughter Willow, 13, and Zaan, 8, support Greenock's giving spirit.

SHARING: Monique Stein with daughter Willow, 13, and Zaan, 8, support Greenock's giving spirit.

A ‘grow free cart’ which often brims with kind donations has received full support from the Greenock village since its arrival in May.

Cart marshal and Greenock resident Monique Stein said the cart was a way for people to share their surplus produce with the community.

The initiative was brought into SA by Andrew Barker, originally from Victoria, and has also spread to WA.

“It’s such a wonderful idea and when the village does something then everyone is there to support it,” Mrs Stein said.

The concept centred on a “sharing is caring” approach.

And the idea was simple: take what you need, give what you can.

Mrs Stein was added to the online Grow Free Cart page by her friend Ingrid Howell who marshals a cart in Mount Pleasant.

Other carts are also dotted throughout the region including at Lyndoch and Williamstown, with three located in Gawler.

So far the Greenock cart has seen bunches of flowers, fresh produce, seedlings, seeds, eggs and knitted goods left behind.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be fruit or veg, you may have jars to donate and someone who likes to preserve or make jams will come along, take those jars, make jam and then they appear,” Mrs Stein said.

Wool has also been left behind and returned as a beanie.

The generosity has also meant beautifully written notes of thanks.

“Overall that has been one of the loveliest things to come from this,” Mrs Stein said.

Mrs Stein said another friend was involved with a cart from Aldinga which was open to scarves, with people leaving wool behind and then the handiwork dropped off. 

“It’s starting to happen with books as well,” she said.

Mrs Stein wanted to reassure people to not be afraid to use the cart.

“People often feel they aren’t worthy of it, yet it’s for everyone.

“You never know, there’s always a day when you haven’t got apples or mandarins for the kids so the cart is excellent for that.”

While the carts were aimed at fresh produce, she said things you could not leave behind included meat or mushrooms.

Mrs Stein also asked people to time and date eggs when collected and when placed on the cart.

“They do generally say no bought products as well, but we have a community where people have milk and orange juice to share so I periodically leave the esky out,” she said.

Ideally, Mrs Stein would like the cart located in the centre of the town for easier accessibility and said while she was the marshal, the cart was for the whole community. 

The Greenock cart is located on Mill Street while the Mount Pleasant cart can be found at the community garden on the verandah of the Recreate shop.