Garden builds bridge between cultures and generations

The World Food Garden project aims to grow not only food but also cultural connections. Now that’s worth celebrating!

Brimbank City Council Mayor Cr Jasmine Nguyen was part of the recent festivities to recognise the flourishing results of the project at Westvale Community Centre, in St Albans.

The collaboration allowed older gardeners to pass their skills and knowledge to young people in our community. Sharing memories, traditions and authentic recipes from Somalia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Samoa.

The World Food Garden program was devised and funded by Brimbank City Council. Sustain, the Australian food network, delivered the program in partnership with the Council.

The inter-generational endeavour celebrates cultural diversity, promotes sustainability, healthy lifestyles and social connections.  The team at Sustain Australia helped by providing online and in-person sessions during COVID-19 restrictions.

Brimbank is unique with over 180 different languages. A melting pot of colourful cultures and tasty cuisines, the Garden celebrates the flavours of Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

The project also reflected many of Council’s key aspirations for its community. That includes a green, cool and healthy environment. Community gardens reduce carbon emissions by growing food locally and sustainably. Every action helps to reach our target of net zero emissions by 2040. It’s also a great way to eat better, meet people and enjoy life.

See a film about the project here.


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