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Beauty of Inverell

30 Jun 2017

Beautiful, elegant and easy to grow. There is nothing common about Bearded Irises. Behind the BEST Nursery lay Inverell’s secret garden, where hundreds of Iris variety multiply ready for bloom. “BEST Nursery is really excited about its new Iris production. We have over 700 Bearded ...

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Food Garden Spring Plant

14 Oct 2016

Tiny tots watered sprouts while community members scattered seeds, petted chickens and dug holes at the BEST food garden’s annual spring planting on Wednesday October 12. The garden provides free fresh vegetables for local pensioners, grown and delivered by community volunteers....

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Making Jobs Possible

14 Oct 2016

In regional towns time is crucial for local businesses and we can never seem to find enough of it, especially when it comes to hiring staff. By the time you advertise, cull the applicants, interview the top candidates and successfully employ someone you are months down the track, and for many it&...

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Picking jobs on offer for locals

24 Aug 2016

Applications for jobs at the Mountain Blue Farm at Tabulam are now being accepted, and anyone interested in being employed there is urged to get in quickly. Around 100 pickers have already started, taking off the early berries, but new recruits will have an early September start. A ...

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BEST program benefits all

11 Aug 2016

From one small garden bed to feeding 120 people a week, the BEST Food Garden program has come a long way since it was established in 2012.   The program, a social impact initiative of BEST Employment, began in Inverell and has since grown to incorporate Moree, Glenn Innes a...

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Spring Tomato Planting at BEST Food Garden

22 Jul 2016

LOCALS from BEST Community Connections and Brighter Access had no problem getting their hands dirty alongside Glen Industries at the BEST Food garden last week. All hands were on deck as the team got to work sowing spring tomatoes. “It's all about social inclusion,” BEST social pr...

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Kids all in to deliver fresh veggies to Tingha Elders

16 Jun 2016

FRESH veggies are hard to come by in Tingha, and for many local Aboriginal Elders, the trip into town is just too much.  With the help of children from Tingha Public School, BEST Food Garden are doing their best to remedy this, delivering bags of fresh produce to low income pensioners once a...

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Clontarf plants a future for pensioners

26 May 2016

CLONTARF Academy mobbed the BEST Food Garden on May 12 for a second year of onion planting. The crew of 16 from Inverell High School carefully invested thousands of the very fragile green seedlings into the prepared plot, now located in the ever-expanding garden. “We’re over here n...

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BEST Food Garden expands deliveries to Tingha

20 May 2016

“See that raised garden bed over there?” BEST Employment’s Danny Middleton said at the BEST Food Garden on the Warialda Road. He pointed back to a two-furrow garden bed: “That’s where this all started.” “That saying is true: from little things big thin...

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Neighbours collect prizes for top preserves

16 May 2016

BETTY Rainger and Lucy Fleming have lived four doors down from each other for years, and as it turns out, for just as long, have been turning out some of Inverell’s best home cooked tomato sauce and relish. “I suppose every year you have tomatoes, and with pickles, you can do anything...

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Flexibility yields options for disability support clients

22 Mar 2016

IN what seems a promise of things to come within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Inverell horticulturist Tim Rogan has maintained service in one shire, but landed a job in another. As a Glen Industries disabilities support service client, Tim is now employed through the service w...

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Clontarf Academy students help harvest BEST Food Garden crop

15 Mar 2016

A QUICK downward snap, and Buddy Morgan had another ear of corn in hand. Buddy was part of a Clontarf Academy student team that came out from Inverell High School on March 8 to harvest the last of this year’s BEST Food Garden corn crop. “We’ve probably got about 800 ears ther...

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Nothing corny about this OOR donation

15 Feb 2016

TURNS out, money grows on corn stalks, not trees. About 500 ears of corn were sold from the Dust Jacket bookshop on Saturday, January 31. The $1123 raised was donated to Inverell’s Operation Operating Room (OOR), and took 12 weeks to mature at the BEST Food Garden. BEST Employment social...

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Fresh idea delivers for Moree community

09 Feb 2016

EVEN though BEST Food Garden is based in Inverell the social initiative has been making waves with the Moree community.  Teaming up with Gwydir Industries Moree, BEST Food Garden now pick fresh produce and Tamex it up to Moree where Gwydir Industries now delivers to locals.  Gwydir I...

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Theft leaves Inverell tots and elders distressed

20 Jan 2016

A SCARECROW, lovingly created by Inverell preschoolers and McLean Care dementia unit residents, has been stolen from the BEST Food Garden. Only his boots were left behind. “There are a lot of cranky mums out there,” BEST social programs organiser Danny Middleton said. He found t...

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BEST Food Garden facilities funded

19 Jan 2016

THE BEST Food Garden was a place of celebrations recently when the ‘Food With Thought’ community luncheon attracted more than 150 guests, including the Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall. Mr Marshall took the opportunity to give the garden’s co-ordinator, Danny Middle...

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Youngsters learn life skills in food garden

13 Oct 2015

JUST like the song from Oklahoma, chickens had to scurry when children in the Inverell and District Family Services Vacation Care visited the BEST Food Garden on Tuesday morning. It was all in good fun. The children delighted in the tame game of catch the chook, but once caught, the docile hen...

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First spring plants in at BEST garden

13 Oct 2015

EVERY age, from infants to our community’s most experienced residents attended the official first spring planting at BEST Food garden on Thursday Morning. A variety of summer vegetable seedlings and seeds and some colourful flowers were planted by teams from Inverell High School’s Clo...

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Bread is the Gift of Giving

24 Aug 2015

FRESHLY baked bread is a nearly universal favourite, and Inverell seniors will soon enjoy a loaf with their fresh produce and egg delivery from Best Food Garden. They had a test run at Connections on Tuesday morning. The clients have been part of the garden’s inception, planting, harvest an...

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Crossing the divide

26 Jun 2015

ALL hands were in the soil at the Best Food Garden on the 2nd of this month. Students from the Inverell Clontarf Academy and Bundarra Central School’s Crossing the Divide program met on the paddock for a big onion planting day. Together, they planted 2000 young plants that will feed the ...

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Friendship across the ages

26 Jun 2015

Names were being tossed around for the Inverell BEST Food Garden' new scarecrow, as around 10 McLean residents joined the KCL Day Care group for a morning tea in the community garden. Pumpkin Face and Tom Dooley were close finalists for the straw-stuffed gardener, decked out in overalls, and ...

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Chook feed from Easter egg guessing competition

26 Jun 2015

The Dust Jacket Book Shop’s owner Josh McPhee visited Inverell’s BEST Food Garden on the 6th of May to donate $175 from an Easter egg guessing competition. “They (the chickens) play a big part in the garden,” Danny said.The garden’s superviser Danny Middleton said th...

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Costa visits BEST Food Garden

21 Apr 2015

COSTA Georgiadis was just as enthusiastic in person as he is as the host of ABC’s                                                             &n...

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5th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

24 Feb 2015

Join us on Sunday 1st March to help us celebrate our 5th Birthday.

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New Logo for BEST Food Garden

29 Jan 2015

BEST Food Gardens new logo was unveiled yesterday by The Honorable John Ajaka NSW Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services and Mr Adam Marshall Member for Northern Tablelands. It was great to have so many people from all the organisations involved in with BEST Food Garden at the unve...

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Official Ozbreed Grower

05 Nov 2014

BEST Tree Tenders Nursery is excited to announce that we are now an official Ozbreed growers and stockist. BEST Tree Tenders Nursery is now licenced growers of the Ozbreed Ranges ‘Hardy Exotic Range’ and ‘Native Shrubs and Groundcovers’ 

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MP gets his hands dirty as community garden spurs interest

13 Oct 2014

SPRING planting took place at the BEST Food Garden on Wednesday and this year the annual event grew outwards, as much as that placed in the ground will grow upwards in the coming weeks. Wednesday’s planting was attended by a wide cross section of the community and garden manager, ...

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BEST Food Garden Expands

29 Sep 2014

WITH tiny children in fluoro vests milling around, chooks chortling, adults looking at the plans laid for elderly gardeners to flex their green thumbs, the BEST Food Garden is evolving into a true setting of community. The garden is transforming under the stewardship of Best production manager, D...

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Donations help garden grow

28 Jul 2014

CRISP, fresh apples and an assured flow of chook eggs will be on the delivery schedule for residents receiving a produce basket from the Best Food Garden in the future, thanks to two local donations.

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Simply the BEST!

01 Jul 2014

A man who is passionate about teaching, gardening and looking after those older than himself has started a social project which is growing momentum in Inverell.

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Counting their chickens

28 Mar 2014

A YEAR ago the BEST Food Garden was an unused paddock overgrown with weeds. 

Today it is a productive food area that makes a positive difference to the lives of all who play a part in this community benefit activity.

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Our Neighbourhood Grant

13 Nov 2013

Funds will help purchase a rotary hoe to expand the community garden capabilities which provides fresh produce to disadvantaged households throughout the community.

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Garden grows hope and support

17 Sep 2013

All it took was a handful of seeds to bring communities together.

That’s only one goal behind the burgeoning vegetable garden at Best Tree Tenders.

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Garden grows hope and support

17 Sep 2013

Garden grows hope and support All it took was a handful of seeds to bring communities together. That’s only one goal behind the burgeoning vegetable garden at BEST Tree Tenders. Last Friday, the gardening crew from Connections arrived to join staff from BEST Tree Tenders and BEST Empl...

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Digging Deep for the Community

13 Sep 2013

A new community group is about to sprout in Inverell. Thanks to a group of special helpers.

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Food garden provides free veges

02 Aug 2013

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The quest for free veg

28 Apr 2013

A man who is passionate about teaching, gardening and looking after those older than himself has started a social project which is growing momentum in Inverell.

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Water Matters

30 Nov 2012

Water Matters BEST Tree Tenders Nursery has completed the installation of the latest green technology to save water with the support of $35,000 from the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund. Over the last 3 months, the Nursery has used local contractors to install a system to collect and...

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Planting the future

23 Nov 2012

EARLIER this year BEST Employment acquired a block of land on the Warialda Road behind BEST Tree Tenders Nursery, which is now being utilised as a social activity to support local disadvantaged people. 

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