The Green Patch Community Farm was established in 2012 when local landowner, John Little offered 2.5 acres of unused river flats in Melbourne's west to enable refugee families to grow and sell their own vegetables.
At a Staff Community Service Day today, John spoke to Marian College staff about the historical significance of the property and the program’s vision for supporting and encouraging people from refugee backgrounds.
CatholicCare’s Volunteer Coordinator, Matt Walton arranged for a program worker and participant to speak and share the impact of the project and their experience as refugees.
Refugee Settlement Worker, Salai said how much he valued the support and presence of staff from Marian College, and then interpreted for project grower, Van who thanked the group for giving their time to clear rubbish and green waste for a burn-off later in the day.
After working on the farm for a few hours, the group shared a BBQ lunch. Marian College’s Assistant Principle, Leo McInnerney thanked CatholicCare and John, saying “There's been great value for our staff to do something practical and hands-on for the community.”
Volunteer workers from Marian College at our Staff Community Service Day at Green Patch Community Farm
“The day come together well with a special group of people supporting a project that gives refugees a place to belong and improve their wellbeing. I was very appreciative of the enthusiastic response to today’s Staff Community Service Day. I hope we can do more in the future," said Matt Walton from CatholicCare.
Learn more about the Green Patch Community Farm