Down at the Sale Men’s Shed, a volunteer is hoping to lend his green thumb to a worthwhile cause.

Charles Dobson, or ‘Charlie’, is currently growing vegetables at the Desailly Street venue which, once fully-grown, he plans on donating to those in need.

A keen gardener, Mr Dobson first joined the crew at the Men’s Shed four months ago, motivated by the positive word-of-mouth.

“I heard from a lot of people that there is good people working at the Men’s Shed, and it’s good to join up,” Mr Dobson said.

Sale Men’s Shed interim president Alan Huckell recalls the moment he met Mr Dobson well.

“When anyone comes into the shed, we ask them: ‘What do you want to get out of the shed?’” Mr Huckell said.

“When Charlie started, we asked him what he wanted, and he said, ‘I don’t know metalwork, I don’t know timber; I do know gardening, I want to do gardening.’

“I said, ‘There you are, it’s yours. You go for it’.

“The only restrictions I placed on him was that if anyone else came in, there were some (garden beds) left for them to do, if they wanted to – because it’s unfair if someone else comes in, and they want to do gardening too, for Charlie to have them all.”

According to Mr Huckell, the garden beds have been an on-going feature of the shed for the last decade, with the wood that surrounds them occasionally replaced to prevent rotting.

There are currently three in-ground beds at the site, and nine raised beds.

The beds that Mr Dobson tends are presently growing a variety of plants, including lettuce, carrots, radishes, celery, onions, chillies, silverbeet and parsley.

With the cost of fresh produce rising and many households struggling to put food on the table, Mr Dobson wants to give his vegetables to a local charity or non-profit group, where they can be offered freely to others.

It’s an idea that came to Mr Dobson not long after joining the Men’s Shed.

Charles Dobson is growing vegetables at the Sale Men’s Shed, with a view to donating them to local charities.

“I know of the Monday Tucker, and the food has to come from somewhere … I thought, ‘I could help out there’,” he explained.

Although Mr Dobson’s proposal is yet to be formally endorsed, Monday Tucker facilitator Michael Page told the Gippsland Times that he would “certainly” welcome the contribution.

“That would be fantastic – take a lot of pressure off us, and a lot of pressure off our budget,” Mr Page said.

The proposal is just the latest example of Sale Men’s Shed volunteers giving back to the community – in recent months, they have also constructed garden tables for the RSL and a training installation for the local fire brigade.

But Mr Huckell stressed that volunteering at the shed was primarily about individual achievements.

“We don’t judge anybody on how much they do or what they do, it’s purely if they want to do it, and then helping them,” he said.

Whether volunteers are successful in their ventures or not is of little importance to the shed.

“It’s nice to succeed, but it’s also nice to have, at the end of the day, pride in what you’re doing.”

And for Mr Dobson, that pride is there for all to see.

“I’m proud of what I achieve, because I grow every vegetable from a little seed,” Mr Dobson stated.

“When you see the vegetable, how big it gets, and the amount of work you put into it – to make the little seed that big veggie, you get something out of it.”

Sale Men’s Shed is currently open to volunteers Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9am until 2pm.