Spring is the perfect time for getting your hands dirty in the garden.
If like many Sydney inner city and inner west residents, you don’t have your own garden (or have dreams that are bigger than your current space), there are plenty of local community gardens to become a part of. It’s also a great way to help add something positive to your community and meet your neighbours.
Looking for a community garden near you? Some of them are big, well-known and popular with a large range of events and activities, while others are tucked away and you may not even know they are there. Here are some nice ones to get you started.
Sydney City Farm, St Peters
Based in beautiful Sydney Park, Sydney City Farm is a great place to learn about urban agriculture and sustainable food production from like-minded souls. The group runs horticulture and food production workshops with industry experts, as well as talks and webinars on sustainability. Find out how to volunteer at the farm and get involved in growing your own fresh seasonal produce using organic growing principles.
Pocket City Farm, Camperdown
Pocket City Farm began as a pocket farm on an unused bowling green and has now grown into a major not-for-profit enterprise run by a skilled collective of individuals who are passionate about urban farming and sustainability. This thriving community and education hub is dedicated to encouraging Australians to think more about sustainability and build resilience to climate change through regenerative practices, permaculture, waste reduction, heat mitigation and water-saving techniques.
James Street Reserve Community Garden, Redfern
On the corner of James Street and Young Lane in Redfern, James Street Reserve Community Garden has been going since 2010. There’s a working bee on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am to 11 am and a focus on sustainable and organic gardening practices.
Green Square Growers, Zetland
Green Square Growers meets at Joynton Park on the second Sunday of every month from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm. The group welcomes all levels of gardeners and you can grow your own food in the vegetable planters here. Check the Green Square Growers Facebook page for current updates.
The Eden Community Garden, Waterloo
The Eden Community Garden was started back in the 1980s with a focus on inclusion and outreach and support by the Luncheon Club, run by Kerry Anne and ACON, a support group for men with HIV/AIDS. Tucked behind the South Sydney Uniting Church, the garden has 16 plots, a chicken coop, composting facilities, and a worm farm. The garden is locked but there are regular working bees. Email for more information at [email protected].
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