Edible Gardens
 Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria
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The Edible Garden strategy was initiated and funded by the Department of Human Services under the Go for Your  Life program. The aim was to encourage everyone, including people with disabilities to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit to eat.

During 2005 and 2006, the Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria (HTAV) conducted workshops throughout Victoria to encourage Community Residential Units (CRUs) to participate in the Edible Garden project.  Community Residential Units provide supported accommodation to people with a disability.

HTAV was involved in providing advice, assistance and instructions on how to create an edible garden to CRU Managers, staff and residents.

The aim of the edible gardens program was to enhance the health and well-being of people with a disability through improved nutrition, physical activity, increased social interaction  and an increased sense of achievement for those involved.

In 2013, the HTAV was involved in a similar partnership with the City of Whittlesea to encourage edible gardens to be established in CRUs.    HTAV worked with clients in their gardens  to expand their skills whilst enjoying the positive benefits of working outside in the garden.

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