From garden bed to a community in need

A colourful harvest of produce recently grown has resulted in a unique connection forged between two Gawler community outreach services.

The union was sparked after Gawler Uniting Church members sought to establish a community garden project in February this year.

"Once the garden was developed on the church property, church team members started planting tiny seeds of all sorts with the children in United Kids," team member Sam Sanders explained.

"When the seedlings emerged and were eventually big enough to plant out, they were transferred into the prepared garden beds at the church."

It was during the church's evening service in August that the team invited a care arm of the church, UCare Gawler, to accept the freshly harvested produce.

"During the service the children and helpers gathered together to hear a little bit about the wonderful work that UCare do in helping to provide for the needs of people in our community," Ms Sanders shared.

The partnership also involved Gawler Uniting Church member and UCare staff member Dennis Doody sharing the work of UCare

"We have a supply of breads, fresh groceries, non-perishables; almost every food item you can mention from the supermarkets. We are very blessed that way," he shared.

The discussion continued, with the children and helpers extremely excited to learn about Gawler Uniting Church now supporting the UCare Gawler team.

"The children were thrilled when they realised that we were actually going to be providing (fresh) food for our wider community," Ms Sanders said.

Among the produce recently shared was broccoli, lettuce, rocket, spinach, parsley, radishes and bok choy, plus yellow, purple and orange carrots.

"Everyone also worked together to clean and prepare the produce for bags to take across the road to the UCare facility," Ms Sanders said.

"The children then filled a shelf of the fridge with the beautiful fresh produce."

Thanks was also extended to those involved, with both the outreach services agreeing the partnership can thrive and flourish into the future.