What: This garden is made up of 30 individual plots of varying sizes available to rent for an annual fee. The garden is conveniently located near the East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre as well as the Reservoir Neighbourhood House (which has facilities to hold cooking demonstrations and workshops). Market days, food swaps, festivals and other celebrations are also regularly held at the garden.
Who: This is an access friendly and culturally diverse community garden. Everyone is welcome to become a member of the garden in some way. You can rent a plot to plant and grow your own food. Become a member of the garden committee to contribute to the running of the community garden. Or you can become a friend of the garden and meet with other gardeners and members to learn about gardening, swap tips and stories and help others learn.
There is a garden get together every Saturday from 10am to midday.
Eastaway Food Products make small batch jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits. At markets, they also serve fresh sodas (made with the cordials) and sell gift boxes. They choose playful flavour combinations such as saffron & strawberry cordial and plum & rosemary jam.
Cellar door - 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 11am-4pm
Notes (in their own words):
Easthill Estate is a boutique cellar door in Kangaroo Ground that provides a unique rustic experience. Exquisite wines and a warm homely atmosphere provide a cellar door experience to remember. They have 'platters by preference' available to enhance your wine experience by selecting cheeses, crackers, dips and deli meats to create your own platter. In winter, they have a comforting wood fire inside their cellar door and, in the warmer months, tables and chairs in their grassed area overlooking the vineyard.
The vineyard has been planted in dark rich volcanic soil which nurtures and helps create exceptional wines.
The garden provides a safe and welcoming space for people from different cultural backgrounds living or working in Ringwood and surrounds to come together to plant and grow edible crops, participate in other gardening activities, socialise with others and enjoy a communal garden space. There are currently 34 garden plots, some of which are available for rent.
The garden is managed by a management committee comprising office bearers from multicultural backgrounds, as well as representatives from the Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne.
Membership is $5 for one person, or $10 for a family. Plot fees are currently $25 per plot. Families with over 3 members can apply for two plots, otherwise one plot. Plots eligibility is limited to Health Care Card holders, who are unable to garden at home, and who live within a radius of 5 kilometres of Ringwood.
There are six wicking garden beds plus a compost station with three large bins. There are plans to expand the garden to include some fruit trees.
The garden had previously fallen into disuse but since April 2019 has been under the care of small group of volunteers whose aim is to provide a space for locals to connect and learn through the process of growing food, as well as sharing the resulting harvest with the community.
The produce from the beds is free for everyone to harvest, promoting the concepts of a sharing economy, and the use of communal land for the production of fresh, local food.
The beds are managed according to organic principles and where possible utilise recycled or re-purposed materials. The compost program aims to capture organic waste from the adjacent Community Hub and from local community and business, keeping waste out of landfill and providing compost to sustain the garden.
Volunteers generally meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9.30am to plan or carry out work in the garden. Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.
A food swap is held at the garden on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10-11am.
A Local Baker St Andrews
Australian Harvest / Bio Grape
Bee Rescue - Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Chef's Fine Food
Kinglake West Blueberries
Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Panton Hill Estate Olives
The Cake Stall
The Mrs & Co
The Mushroom Co
The Mushroom Shed
Top Hundred Acres
Look for the large white 'Local Food Connect' marquee at the Farmers' Market. Come along with your homegrown fruit and veggies, favourite seasonal recipes, spare jam jars, homemade labelled preserves etc, and share and network with other local backyard growers.
This garden is membership-based ($20 pa for a single and $40 pa for family).
Friends of Eucalypt Estate's group of volunteers have established a community garden in a public space behind the Bluestone Kitchen Cafe amongst the historic bluestone farmhouse and outbuildings. The garden is a space for the community to participate in growing sustainable organic produce-related activities in a friendly, inter-generational, accessible environment.
The aim of the garden is to provide a multi-functional space which facilitates and promotes community connectedness through the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources, such that people can come together to learn, share, relax and make friends. It is hoped that, over time, it will provide a range of physical, social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits to the diverse community.
They have been able to make progress because of an enormous community effort: they have the use of the land from one of their committee members; donation of a shed from Bunnings; donation of benches; donations of plants and seeds; and, most importantly, donation of time and labour.
There are monthly meetups at the garden, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, starting 10am.