Baptist Care SA has successfully obtained grant funding through the Hills and Fleurieu Board of Landscape SA to undertake a revegetation project at Tumbelin Farm.
Beginning in April, the Farm’s residents, with support from volunteers, will begin fencing along both sides of the watercourse and dams to keep stock out of revegetation areas, which will subsequently be planted with 700 native seedlings during winter. The revegetation project will engage young people in the long-term task of creating habitat and corridors for wildlife, improving the water holding capacity of the soil, and increasing the property’s biodiversity.
Work has also begun on the vegetable garden and orchard which will be planted with winter vegies in May. In time, our vision is that the Farm community will be able to grow close to all of its own fruit and vegetables, and even have some to spare which could be sold to the Mylor Adventure Camp and WestCare Centre kitchens.
In the last couple of months, the young men have installed two wooden decks for bush-camping on a rocky knoll that gives a stunning view across the lower dam. All of these activities form part of the “Farm Life” component of the Tumbelin Farm program, and provide young people with opportunities to get “hands-on”, work together as a team, experience the benefits of challenging, physical work and the long-term outcomes that are achieved through taking small steps every day.