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Date posted: 30 August 2011
A new program aimed at reducing prices for fresh food is underway in two remote communities in outback South Australia. Under an $800,000 food security strategy, fruit trees and vegetables have been planted at Watarru and Railway Bore to supply community stores. Most fruit and vegetables in the APY lands cost more than double what the same produce is sold for in city stores, because of freight costs.
The first vegetable crops will be ready for picking within weeks and project manager Leanne Liddle says locals are excited about their new gardens. 'There were 12 people employed in this garden and we will continue to keep on employing people,' she said. Cooking classes and school healthy food programs also have begun and up to five more community gardens are being planned.