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Tuesday 4th February saw 20 people come together to enjoy a healthy lunch made fresh at the Hopetoun Community Garden.

A free community event organised by Rural Northwest Health’s Health Promotion team provided the opportunity for people to gain an understanding about how easy it can be to prepare healthy lunches while also having a look around the community garden.

“The event was about bringing people together to share information and yummy food. We had people sharing recipes, conversation and smiles while preparing food to share amongst our community” explained Bronte Rayner, Health Promotion Officer at Rural Northwest Health.

“We want to support an environment which provides nutritious foods, which are easy to make and delicious.  We were able to expand people’s expectations of what carrots can do, while also introducing Quinoa as another option to mix things up”.

Community Garden representative Anita Maier was thrilled to see so many people attending the event. “So many people were sitting and chatting while they enjoyed their salad for lunch” said Anita.

“Almost three large salad bowls were eaten which shows those who attended really enjoyed their lunch and they all took home copies of the recipes”.

The community garden is a positive space for people to connect with each other, while also doing a bit here and there in the garden. Not only does this encourage socialisation, it also gets you out of the house and physically active.

Bronte said “Unfortunately for us, there was not any left overs to take home, but we were glad to see plenty of smiles and satisfied tummies”!

Download a copy of the recipes here https://rnh.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/200129-Salad-tasting-recipes.pdf

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