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Friendship Garden TAFE study offer

CREATING deep roots of trust and camaraderie, Auburn Friendship Garden has been such a success that participants will soon be able to undergo formal training onsite and develop job pathways in gardening and horticulture.

Auburn Centre for Community Co ordinator Sam Ryan said that as managers of the Friendship Garden which was established in 2016, they ran online courses during the lockdown to keep regular garden attendees upskilled and entertained.
“The courses were so popular that we decided to continue them through onsite Certificate of Attainment courses in partnership with TAFE,” she said.
“What better way to learn about horticulture and the environment than in a garden setting; these courses will eventually lead to certificates in horticulture as well as other TAFE courses.”
Friendship Garden enthusiasts meet every Monday, 10am-12pm, where they contribute to weeding and planting, learn about natural pest control, get advice and of course, assist during harvesting where they get to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Not-for-profit groups can also apply to hire and manage their own plot, with some of these already including disability support services, Auburn Asian women’s welfare and the Auburn-based Australian Association for Orphans and Widows.
Ms Ryan said anyone was welcome to drop in on a Monday and have a chat or get gardening advice, with the regular group becoming good friends.
“The Monday group has an online chat forum as well as enjoying picnics together; even when there may be a language barrier, gardening brings everyone together and strengthens bonds and connection.”
If interested in finding out more about the coming courses, email Sam.Ryan@cumberland.nsw.gov.au.