Emergency Information

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

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.

Am I eligible for one?

To be eligible you must

- live in Benalla

- have children under 18 years at home

- experienced food insecurity

- keen to give gardening a go!

Our local supporters

Benalla Mens Shed, Benalla Timber Products, Mitre 10, Sprayline, H P Excavations
For more information:

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