Meals fresh from the garden
TO COOK vegies fresh from the garden is satisfying.
To then plate the meal up to be delivered by the Meals on Wheels service is something pretty special.
The Iluka Community Garden has been sprouting vegies for the past three years, and holds pride of place within the Iluka Meals on Wheels boundaries.
Linda Marney volunteers for Meals on Wheels and is also involved with the community garden.
She said the garden was formed by making full use of a grant offered to the Lower Clarence to start community gardens.
It features raised planting beds, making it user-friendly for elderly users or people who find it difficult to bend down.
"Kaye and Roy Becker are the main guns. They were really heavily involved in getting the garden going," Ms Marney said.
Having the garden just metres from the kitchen door means the vegies are regularly picked by Meals on Wheels volunteers and used in their cooking.
"The herbs and vegetables are harvested by 8am and are cooked and eaten by midday."
The garden has been expanded over the years to meet demand.
Ms Marney said a community effort helped to keep down construction costs.
"Maclean Tyre Service donated 200 tyres and Ian Austin of Iluka Rubbish transported the tyres," she said.
"The material we used to fill the tyres was donated by Ledonne Constructions.
"Bill Burnes at Yamba has also been great - we go there and collect cow manure to fertilise the garden with, and mulch as well," Ms Marney said.
The Links to Learning program has also been growing extra seedlings.
"It's all really come to fruition," Ms Marney said.
About 20 people use the garden and follow a weekly watering roster.