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The Garden Project!

Written by Kelly Murphy on 28th October 2015

Jeremy Article

Service User Jeremy Haines has featured in a local newspaper!

Jeremy has been assisting The Garden Project, which is linked to the Cafe at Marsham Street, based within Maidstone Community Support Centre, which supports adults with a learning disability and helps them gain confidence and learn skills they can use to gain employment. 

Volunteers, including Jeremy, have created a community garden in the Maidstone town centre where they will grow food to sell in a cafe. 

Herbs, fruit and vegetables grown in the garden will be used in the cafe's dishes and some will be made into jams, chutneys and preserves. Employment charity,Tomorrow's People, which has a base at the centre, and the V Team, a project by charity Voluntary Action Maidstone, help the cafe team with the work. The project was funded by grants from Kent County CouncilCouncillors Dan Daley and Rob Bird. Cllr Daley officially opened the garden. 

The centre's AGM took place on the same day and everyone was treated to lunch.

Tad Taberer, the centre's chief executive, sad: 'The cafe garden is a nice area for people that use the centre but it also gives our learners experience of growing food stuff. They can see the whole process, from growing and cultivating to cooking. Everyone had a good day.'

Copyright: Kent Messenger newspaper

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