PROJECT THRIVES: Sally Flannery has started a Facebook page where people can grow, swap and share produce.
PROJECT THRIVES: Sally Flannery has started a Facebook page where people can grow, swap and share produce. Kate Czerny

Growing interest in veggie sharing

WANT a zucchini?

How about a bunch of ripe oranges or a few sprigs of parsley?

Ipswich gardeners are sharing and giving away extra home-grown produce as part of a new initiative called Cultivate Ipswich.

The project was the brainchild of green thumb Sally Flannery after the 21-year-old began growing more produce than she knew what to do with.

"My partner Tom and I enjoy gardening, it's a relaxing and rewarding hobby," she said.

"But our garden was bringing such an abundance of fruits and vegetables that I didn't know what to do with it all.

"I started offloading it to my family, but even they've told me to stop.

"I didn't want anything to go to waste, so I created Cultivate Ipswich so that like-minded people could see their gardens used more productively."

Ms Flannery said the group, which was formed on Facebook late last month, had already racked up more than 110 members.

"Fellow growers in Ipswich have really embraced this idea," she said.

"I've had numerous people visit me at my Raceview home to grab some of my extra veggies on offer."

Ms Flannery said the page had also provided gardeners with the opportunity to share tips and seeds with one another.

"It's become an online community hub in ways I didn't expect," she said.

"We're now looking at organising a fortnightly event, where growers can meet up with their extra produce to share with one another.

"Its popularity has even incited others to start similar groups like this in their own communities."

If you would like to get involved, search Cultivate Ipswich in Facebook.



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