The biggest challenge asylum seekers currently face when they are settled into community in Australia is the longterm cycle of uncertainty whilst their residency application is processed. While placed on a bridging visa, they are ineligible to work, hence have to subsist on a small allowance from the government, most of which is spent on private rental acommodation leaving very little for food, especially nutritious fresh fruit and vegetables.

Let's build a solution together!

Ifeed Refugees is launching a new project to establish a community garden with our partner Whittlesea Community Connections. Community gardens are increasingly recognised as a tool to facilitate educational opportunities, which provide many physical, social, economic, nutritional, cultural and environmental benefits. Our budget plan includes purchasing IBC's to create the beds, road base to stabilise the area, soil mulch and scoria, plumbing and agri piping, and the Workshop training delivery by Very Edible Gardens.

A community market garden created by refugees, managed by refugees, for asylum seekers and refugees in crisis.

Whittlesea Community Connections have secured funding to establish a large kitchen which will enable them to run cooking programs, and hold free lunches and dinners for their community. There is a small rarely used space behind the proposed kitchen, which has space for 7 large garden beds, where we have agreed to create a community market garden which will support the kitchen, and provide access to free produce for community members. By creating a community garden we will also increase opportunities to share knowledge and strengthen social bonds, and reduce isolation and mental health stressors.

Our project budget is $1575. We are donating our time and energy to project manage, fundraise and create the garden.

We are hoping to raise as much of the cost of this project as possible, so we need a bit of help from you so that we can make the garden happen.

We have sourced 7 IBC's, which we are going to use to create wicking beds similar to these created at the Melbourne Food Hub in Alphington under the supervision of the Very Edible Gardens (https://melbournefoodhub.org.au.) Very Edible Gardens will present a workshop to teach the refugee community members at Thomastown how to build the ‘wicking bed’ planters. We will have helping hands from the Whittlesea Community Connections refugee community and Ifeed, but if you would also like to come and lend a hand, or provide a bit of gardening ‘know how’ to pass along to the asylum seekers who will take ownership of the garden once it is setup, please email us directly at Danielle@ifeedrefugees.com.

Our budget plan includes purchasing IBC's to create the beds, road base to stabilise the area, soil mulch and scoria, plumbing and agri piping, and the Workshop training delivery by Very Edible Gardens. We are hoping to raise as much of the cost of this project as possible, so we need a bit of help from you so that we can make the garden happen. We have collaborated with a well known artist to create an exclusive limited edition hand painted bag, and plan to auction

Purchase with Purpose and bid in our auction!

Mulga, an epic Sydney based art dude with a big heart, has collaborated with Ifeed Refugees to help fund our next project. We are auctioning a LIMITED EDITION Mulga original artwork hand painted onto an Ifeed market bag, with all proceeds going towards the establishment of an Asylum Seeker Community Garden in Thomastown. You can help us by bidding on the Mulga art bag, to score a cool bag and help us buy some garden stuff needed for the project. Details regarding the auction process are outlined at the end of the page. Share our post to Social Media for us and help us drive the best outcome we can, knowing that the money will go directly to this garden project. And rest of May, every purchase of an i-feed tee or bag will also throw $20 into the community garden project. Get buying, and get bidding!

Mulga not only gave his time to hand-painting an original artwork one of our bags, but wrote a little ode to accompany his artwork -

THE STORY OF SIMMO THE STRAWBERRY 🍓 As Simmo woke up one Monday morning to head to work as a PE teacher he noticed something different about himself. Overnight he had grown a healthy moustache which was odd because never before had he been able to grow any facial hair because he was a strawberry and that's just not what they do. But today was different and be felt like a new strawberry and on the way into work on the train he noticed people taking notice of his lush moustache and it made him feel good. When he got to work the principal saw him and told him he had to shave the moustache because moustaches were banned at school. So he did because he really needed that job as he had lots of credit card debt that he needed to pay off. The End. #mulgatheartist #ifeedrefugees#simmothestrawberry #strawberry#poscaau

Mulga The Artist

A sweet little vid showcasing my art

AUCTION DETAILS, TERMS & CONDITIONS

Bids for the bag will start at $100

Bids for the bag will start at $100 AUCTION OPENS - Friday 10th May 12pm AEST AUCTION CLOSES - Friday 17th May 9pm AEST NO BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THE SPECIFIED AUCTION DATE AND TIME.

Bids for the bag will start at $100 AUCTION DETAILS, TERMS & CONDITIONS AUCTION OPENS - Friday 10th May 12pm AEST AUCTION CLOSES - Friday 17th May 9pm AEST NO BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE THE SPECIFIED AUCTION DATE AND TIME. Bidding is open to Australian Residents only, 18yrs+. All items are Final Sale: No Returns. To bid, specify your bid amount. All bids must be higher than the previous bid - please check this. The Auction is open to Facebook followers (who may not use Instagram) - Any bids placed by Facebook users will be posted on Instagram by Ifeed with the name and bid amount. Auction winners are responsible for covering the postage cost of $8 Auction finishes at 9pm AEST but you maybe keep bidding until the caption changes to “auction closed” so please be aware of this. Winners will be notified of their success on the evening of the auction (Friday 17th May via DM. We will request an email address to issue an invoice. Invoices will be sent to winners within 24hours of auction completion, from which time winners have 24hours to pay for the bag. Postage is expected to take 10 days from receipt of winner’s payment. Failure to comply with any of the T’s & C’s of the Ifeed Refugees Auction, as detailed above, will result in the item being awarded to the next highest bidder. 100% of funds raised will go towards the establishment of the Community Garden at Whittlesea Community Connections in Thomastown, Victoria.

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