Karen Community Garden

Bendigo’s Karen Community Garden is growing larger this year and bringing communities closer together, with support from EastWeb.

EastWeb’s youth advisory board recently visited the Karen Community Garden, which received funding from EastWeb in March 2011, to observe the progress of the garden and meet the project’s participants.

Ashin Moonieinda from the Karen Buddhist Dharma Dutta Foundation led our advisory board members on a tour of the Community Garden and explained how it provides the local Karen community with a place to come together to grow, cook and share traditional produce. The board got the chance to see firsthand how the garden works to engage people across the community, meeting a group of local Karen teenage boys who work on the garden on their weekends. They also learnt of the Foundation’s plans to bring the produce to markets around the area, helping to make broader connections with the community and create some sustainable practices for the project.

During the visit the youth advisory board also held a grant-writing workshop at the Bendigo Karen Temple, where they were treated to a traditional lunch prepared by women from the community. Workshop participants, including members of the Karen community and others working with Karen organisations, learnt the basics of writing a good grant application, and were given the chance to discuss their own community building project ideas.