West of Scotland MSP Mary Fee has recently visited the Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley to see at first had the Community Garden project, which gives 18-24 year olds in Renfrewshire the chance to gain valuable work experience and provide fresh produce for Kibble.
Mary Fee MSP has described the Community Garden as “an exciting initiative” after a recent visit where she saw the work being done to provide employment training to young people in the community as well as growing produce for the Kibble Centre.
The Community Garden project provides the opportunity for young unemployed people from the local community between the ages of 18 and 24 to get the chance to gain new skills as part of the KibbleWorks employment training initiative.
The young workers grow a variety of fruit and vegetables, from potatoes, carrots and peas to apples and several different berries, to be cooked and served up at mealtimes in the Kibble Education and Care Centre.
On a tour of the Garden, the Scottish Labour MSP was alo particularly impressed by a composting machine called ‘The Rocket’ that turns all the food waste from Kibble into compost, which is then used to grow more food.
After the visit, Mary Fee said:
“Kibble’s Community Garden is an exciting initiative that allows young people to learn a new skill in horticulture and teaches them the importance of self-sufficiency.
“It builds confidence and teamwork in a supportive environment and provides an abundance of high quality produce to Kibble.
“The Community Garden also has important links with a number of organisations and it is to be particularly praised for its work with young people to allow them to learn new life skills and I wish them continuing success in the future.”
Jenny Simpson of Trellis – an organisation that promotes and supports garden projects throughout Scotland – added:
“Kibble’s Community Garden offers inspiring employment training opportunities for young people to learn horticultural, work and social skills in a flourishing garden setting.”
Kibble’s chief executive, Graham Bell said:
“The Community Garden is a practical way for us to complete the food chain circle, as food waste is turned into compost in which we grow our own vegetables that are then used to feed the pupils at Kibble.
“It is a three-way win with food being provided for our kitchens, the environment is protected by us using up the waste food to make compost and young people are given vital employment training.”