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.