Vegie patch helping with staff wellbeing

October 26, 2010

Staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site are getting their hands dirty, in the interests of improved employee health and well-being.

A disused seed bed behind the administration centre has been turned into a vegetable garden for use by PAHSMA staff and their families.

Known as The PAtch, the garden has been established through a number of working bees of interested staff.

While participation is entirely voluntary, a number of staff are actively involved. While valuable advice is being provided by PAHSMA’s horticultural team, general staff are responsible for maintaining and developing the garden during their own time.

A working bee was recently held to undertake planting of spring crops, with staff being joined by their family members for a celebratory picnic.

Produce will be distributed among staff who contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the garden. Interested staff are encouraged to find a few minutes before or after work or during a lunch break to assist with maintenance.

The PAtch was established under the State Government’s Healthy at Work program, and has recieved interest from other agencies as an innovative initiative.

PAHSMA staff and their families work on The PAtch

PAHSMA staff and their families work on The PAtch

A picnic was held to celebrate the launch of the garden

A picnic was held to celebrate the launch of the garden

Spring vegetables being planted in the PAtch

Spring vegetables being planted in the PAtch