The Grow Free movement has come to Murray Bridge

PRODUCE FOR ALL: Stacey Lee Cioffi shared this photo to the Grow Free Facebook page, letting everyone know the cart was up and running. Photo: Supplied/Facebook

PRODUCE FOR ALL: Stacey Lee Cioffi shared this photo to the Grow Free Facebook page, letting everyone know the cart was up and running. Photo: Supplied/Facebook

If you’ve been walking or wandering around town, chances are you might have seen a couple of little carts with various items of fresh produce on display.

These are called Grow Free Carts, and you’re more than welcome to take a tomato or two, and to give back any other items you might be able to offer.

Grow Free is a movement all about natural food production, and the Grow Free Carts are the preferred way of distribution amongst communities. 

The movement has taken off, with hundreds of carts registered around the state. 

Murray Bridge woman Stacey Lee Cioffi has set up a Grow Free Cart at 147 Railway Terrace, right next door to the Round House on the banks of the Murray. 

In mid-May she posted a picture of her cart to the Grow Free Facebook page asking for community help to fill it, and she gathered several immediate responses. 

Ms Cioffi  said that Grow Free cart is essentially a way for communities to exchange produce, seedlings and gardening materials to promote the idea of self sustainability and reduce our waste. 

“It also gives access to people who couldn't otherwise afford these thing as there is no money changing hands,” she said.

Ms Cioffi said she decided to start her own cart as she felt there was a need for it in the community. 

“I also believe that you need to be the change that you want to see in the world and wanted to encourage my children to do what they could to make a difference. 

“I'm aware of two others in Murray Bridge and there are lots all across SA,” she said.

As far as spreading the word, Ms Cioffi said encourages people to find out more about it and to get on board. 

“A movement like this can not be successful unless others take part. 

“There are lots of different things people can contribute and by planting the seedlings that are left on the cart and returning excess produce it keeps the cycle going,” she said. 

According to the map pinned to the top of the Grow Free Facebook page, there are currently three carts in Murray Bridge, one in Callington, two in Strathalbyn and several more in the Victor Harbor-Goolwa region.  

For more information on the movement, head to the Grow Free Facebook page. 

The map of registered Cart locations is pinned to the top of the page. 

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