Green thumbs with a golden purpose: A community-driven kitchen garden project

03 May 2017

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As a part of their Community Project placement, two Occupational Therapy Master’s students, Isabelle Aubrey and Olivia Sun, had the chance to implement a community garden with one of Yooralla’s disability residential accommodations.

The six-month-long project involved developing a sustainable kitchen garden with the residents to help them engage in meaningful tasks and spark positive social connections. This was done by creating an accessible garden space featuring modified long-handled gardening tools, educational resources, and a photo diary for residents to track their journey in the garden as a community.

Since its completion in March, the garden has successfully empowered residents to take on new roles. A strong partnership was also forged between Monash University and Yooralla, and toolmakers F.D. Ryan. The project was recently featured in ABC’s Gardening Australia to celebrate its achievements.