The relationship between a person supported by Sylvanvale and his team has helped him rediscover his remarkable talent for vegetable gardening.
Frank grew up on his parents’ farm in Blacktown and as an adult worked as a farmer for 15 years. But life threw challenges at him, and he decided to move into supported independent living in the Blue Mountains.
During those first few years Frank had a break from vegetable gardening, but was missing it.
In 2014, Frank started his journey with Sylvanvale, and after learning about Frank’s passion for vegetable gardening, his support team worked closely with him to start a garden of his own.
They worked together to purchase raised garden beds, soil, mulch, tools and seedlings.
Every afternoon, Frank tended the garden and soon it was flourishing. A year later, they put up two large greenhouses at a nearby Sydney property for Frank to use.
The gardens have thrived under Frank’s care.
This year alone, Frank’s gardens grew 564 cherry tomatoes, 680 button squashes, 177 zucchini, 86 figs, 73 eggplants, 464 banana chilies and 56 capsicums.
“It feels very satisfying,” Frank said.
Sylvanvale continues to support Frank to achieve his goals and nurture his unique talent.
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