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Benalla Grow Your Own

Benalla Health, St Vincent de Paul Society of Benalla and Beechworth Correctional Centre teamed up to build wicking garden beds in people's backyards. The project aimed to reduce the reliance on emergency food relief, improve community connectivity and increase people's confidence and skills to grow their own food at home. The team has built 51 gardens in local family's backyards. 

The project was recently announced as a joint winner of the 2017 VicHealth Awards "Improving Health Equity" Category. 

If you received a wicking bed join the Facebook group for online gardening tips

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What is a wicking garden?

A wicking beds is a water saving garden bed that include a water reservoir in the bottom Instead of watering the plants with a hose, they get water from the box.

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For more information

Contact Kathryn McQualter on (03) 57614500 or kathryn.mcqualter@benallahealth.org.au