Su Grows Free

February 06, 2019

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'Take what you need, give what you can.'

At a time when, for most of us, adding to your cart means clicking your computer mouse on the way to an online ‘checkout’, Strathalbyn tenant Su is a refreshing change. A Grow Free cart steward, Su has a back to basics approach to both nutritious eating and helping others. 

Su started following Grow Free two years ago, when she met founder Andrew Barker, also from Strathalbyn. 

“The movement is about growing and preparing food and sharing it with others,” Su explains. “The philosophy ‘take what you need, give what you can’ really appealed to me as well as linking in with the community, recycling and caring for the environment.” 

Su became involved in helping care for local carts, contributing where she could, before deciding to start her own cart in October last year.

The day Junction visited, the cart offered a selection of dried herbs and fresh apricots from a local garden as well as chillies, eggs and flowers. Su keeps the cart stocked based on what is on offer in her garden and other offerings from local gardens. 

Su said her love of gardening and plants came from her mother who grew veggies and kept chooks.

“I absorbed a lot of knowledge from just watching and helping her tend to the garden,” she said. 

“Most of all, I really enjoy the social aspect that the grow cart brings, connecting a community of people that want to share and give what they can." 

To find out more about the Grow Free Movement or to see if there is a cart in your local area visit growfree.org.au.