A SMALL vegetable garden on a balcony in an Albury public housing block is about planting the seeds of kindness.
The balcony belongs to Garry “Snowy” Herron, a volunteer for Border homeless charity Carevan.
On Saturday he was planting seeds of cucumber, tomato, lettuce and basil with Seed It Up founder Michelle Darlington at the Wyse Street apartment.
The garden, a joint initiative between Carevan and Seed It Up, will represent many things.
It will teach Snowy how to grow his own food but his aim is to grow enough to give to other residents and to show others how to do the same.
That’s one of the main aims of Seed It Up, a company that tries to encourage people to connect with nature.
Ms Darlington said gardening could give people the power to control and achieve in their lives.
Snowy was homeless for more than 30 years until he settled in Albury.
“I’ve been on the road for lots and lots of years. I picked everywhere but I never planted,” he said.
“You can actually watch these things of nature come up and appreciate something you’ve never done before.”
Ms Darlington said $1 from each packet of her seeds goes to Carevan.