Sprout Community Gardening in Thornbury is a program of Mind that promotes mental and physical wellbeing through a range of horticulture and enterprise activities that are developed with a sustainable and creative focus.
As part of this approach, Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan) between 3-7pm here.
Remaining market dates for 2011 are: Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1 with a bonus market day on the 15 Dec.
The market has a variety of stalls including:
- organically grown produce,
- dried herbs and plants,
- food & drink,
- kids activities,
- local crafts,
- arts and designs,
...as well as music, and often workshops and demonstrations.
Launched on 5th March 2009, the market aims to engage program participants and the local community in an enterprise that celebrates the benefits of locally grown and made produce, plants and products that have been sourced within 100 miles (160kms) of the market site. Much of the fresh produce has been grown at Sprout and in backyards around Melbourne, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.
"One of the key benefits of the market structure is that people who participate in Mind’s programs have the opportunity to sell their products, develop new skills and generate some income for themselves.
"The Sprout Community Market not only aims to bring the local community together and break down devisions, but it is also aims to encourage sustainable living,
"It encourages people to take notice of where their food is being produced and transported from. It doesn’t make sense to ship fresh vegetables halfway across the country when you can buy them locally.
"Through initiatives such as Sprout Community Market, people are becoming aware of the benefits to their health and to the environment of buying locally grown, organic produce.
- Zanni Waldstein, market coordinator
Sprout also has an ‘Open Gate’ every non-market Thursday 1-4pm for Sprout plant and produce sales
All profits from the market are reinvested into Sprout’s programs, which support the recovery of people experiencing mental illness or at risk of homelessness.