Exploring the opportunities at Bendigo's PepperGreen Farm
Peppergreen Farm is a social enterprise that offers training and supported employment for people with a disability or disadvantage. It is about 3km from the centre of Bendigo, and the Bendigo Regional Network met there for lunch on Thursday 11 April.
Although many of our network members have lived in the Bendigo area for a long time, they had never heard of PepperGreen and were pleasantly surprised to learn about the diverse opportunities and activities available there.
The farm is run by Access Australia, which specialises in providing education, meaningful employment and community programmes.
They see the project as a space where people can create and connect while developing work skills in areas such as retail, tourism, hospitality, horticulture and the creative arts.
Certified professionals are on site to run the programs.
The staff are also more than happy to find interesting activities for you, and explore professional development opportunities.
While touring the farm we discovered how much bigger it was than we initially thought, featuring an art gallery with locally made paintings and artwork for sale at a reasonable price.
Although the garden area was gravelled, we strolled amongst the produce tended to by the volunteers and sold to the local restaurants.
Lunch was delicious, served from the farm kitchen with fresh vegetables and herbs picked straight from garden.
The day ended with a browse through the small retail shop, and we were reminded of a monthly Sunday market that sold lovely handmade knick knacks, crafts and giftware made mostly by local artists and carpenters and volunteers.