Fremantle’s GROWING CHANGE, a social enterprise dedicated to supporting people experiencing mental illness and isolation, through growing, making and selling food, were awarded $ 100,000 by the Fremantle Foundation.
Earlier this year they partnered with Foundation Housing to pilot social horticulture programs and developed Fremantle Social Farm off the back of the program’s success. They were awarded $100,000 to establish the Farm through the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle giving circle.
The Impact100 grant will be used to:
• Establish Fremantle Social Farm using a vacant bowling green at the North Fremantle Bowling Club for food production, with veggies sold to local restaurants and residents.
• Provide 100 placements in our 12-week social horticulture program for people experiencing social isolation, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing.
• Provide opportunities for program graduates to rent a plot at the farm and establish a micro-business and earn an income by selling produce through Growing Change’s customer networks.
• Establish a self-sustaining social enterprise through produce sales with revenue funding ongoing operations. Profit will be invested in setting up new farms in Fremantle and beyond.
This sounds like a very worthwhile initiative to me so support the group!