A community gardener in Muff has suggested people could help themselves in these difficult times if they got out into their gardens and grew their own vegetables.
Indeed, Robert Anderson, of the Muff Community Garden Committee, says they can help as they have allotments available to anyone who is interested in pursuing this healthy pastime.
According to Mr. Anderson over the past year the committee has been busy developing the Community Garden situated at Warren View Manor Sheltered Housing in the village.
He explained the rationale behind the development: “The site has 22 allotment plots, potting shed, greenhouse and newly erected polytunnel.
“Growing your own fresh produce has tangible economic, social and health-based therapeutic benefits.
“People take a great pride in being able to produce something for themselves and there is always healthy competition between allotment holders as to who can keep their allotment in the best condition and also produce the best quality and volume of produce.
“Allotments also provide a unique opportunity for families and friends to come together socially, and in an age of convenience foods, we are especially keen to see young people being introduced to the art of growing fresh produce.”
He went on: “It is a great pastime, a great hobby. It gets people out in the fresh air and it’s inter-generational. We have people from all sections of the community mixing here, making friends and it’s a bit of craic for all involved.” Mr Anderson confirmed that the Muff Community Garden Committee is currently allocating plots for the period covering 1 April 2013-13 December 2013 and has a number of vacant plots still to allocate. The local community is encouraged to come forward and take up these plots. The cost of having the use of a plot for the period is €40.00. Those who hold plots are then offered opportunities such as attending training programmes which are designed to bring the very best produce dividend.
And in an effort to provide a bit of expert advice the committee will be offering a horticulture demonstration on Wednesday 17th April at the newly refurbished Community Garden.
The demonstration will be led by Groundwork NI horticulturalist Mick McEvoy and will have a mixture of hands-on practical work, demonstrations and presentations to show how to make best use of allotments for growing fruit and vegetables.
The demonstration will commence with refreshments in Warrenview Manor at 9.30am and finish with lunch.
Places are limited and anyone interested is strongly advised to book early to avoid disappointment,
The can do so by phoning Robert 074 9384001 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org