'The Garden of Earthly Delights': the community garden for the homeless

Dec 08, 2015 | written by:

Some people enjoy growing ideas, other people love farming and someone do both of them. 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' is the project's name of two Central Queensland University students Elisha Vlaholias and Tessa Benveniste, who won this year's 'The Big Idea' competition.

The contest, founded with the aim of finding new social enterprise ideas useful for the community, it is coordinated by 'The Big Issue' organization that provides solutions to help the homeless, the marginalized and disadvantaged people to positively change their lifes. The winning proposal aims to turn part of Adelaide's Southern Park Lands, in Australia, into a community garden to provide employment and training opportunities for homeless.

Men and women struggling with homelessness can grow flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit trees enriching their lives (gardening promotes a sense of dignity with positive effects on self-esteem and self-efficacy) and the community as a whole. As well as creating work opportunities, the garden is able to sustain itself through the sale of agricultural products to local markets, with food surpluses donated to charities, and it can also host public lectures, workshops, cooking demonstrations, as well as school excursion visits.

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