It was 2014 when we were introduced to Grow Free at a conscious eco festival.
We instantly saw then how this small community operating in the Fleurieu of South Australia would grow - and grow it has.
In January 2018 the membership on its facebook page is a staggering 15,000 food growers/lovers. This community is made up of people who grow and giveaway food or seedlings on carts located throughout Australian neighbourhoods, at the moment predominantly in SA.
Eco Party Box donates $1.50 from every party box sold to Grow Free. In 2015 that was $60, in 2016 it was $103.50 and 2017 it was $267.
It's exciting to be able to support this wonderful community movement where we can, especially knowing it began in our neck of the woods.
As it's founder Andrew Barker says on the Grow Free website:
...this idea manifested first as free seeds and seedlings being given away here on the Southern Fleurieu from my home. This in turn, brought about people that instead of wanting seedlings, wanted to help out & be involved. The group soon grew larger & larger & continues to expand. With each new member, they have brought their own ideas into the mix. Grow Free was soon helping people setup their gardens, organising sharing carts where people can share their surplus, spreading the word and love at festivals, attending sharing markets, cooking at a meals program, and promoting good health and abundance in the community. Only in recent months has this idea really begun to take hold, and the growth has been exponential in many ways.
Who wouldn’t want their food to be nutritious and free? Who wouldn’t want to live amongst an epidemic of good health and wellbeing? This is something that we can create if we so desire to. No contribution is too big or too small. Every little piece makes the puzzle, and there are so many avenues we can take this. So if this is something you can feel in yourself too, please come along and join us for the ride.
Grow Free's motto is "take what you need and give what you can". How good is that?!
More information can be found at www.growfree.org.au. Please support where you can and who knows maybe we'll see this free food movement go worldwide!