COMMUNAL VEGIES & FRUIT
Join a team and help us grow great vegetables
We have many different communal growing areas. Apart from chooks, herbs and bush foods which have their own groups, this area includes the rotational veggie beds near the Grafton Road fence, the hothouse, the Market Garden on the west side of the quarry, and the fruit trees throughout the site.
We normally work in these areas on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Volunteers are welcome as well as members.
Communal Vegetable Patch
The original communal vegetable-growing area. It provides an introduction to edible gardening for many and is an important part of our grow-local mission.
The produce from this area is used for member events, our market and to donate to Food Share.
You can take photos, but please leave the harvest to members who work this area.
Speak to Terry if you would like to know more or help with this area.
Hothouse and nursery
A vital part of our propagation and nursery program.
Seeds and cuttings started here make their way to many areas around the garden and to plant sales.
Members can also do their own seed raising here, and some members grow more exotic varieties that wouldn't survive our winter, like chilli and capsicum.
As our weekly market grew, we needed more space to meet growing demand. This area on the west side receives lots of light, but was quite a challenge to establish in the aggressive grasses we have on site.
This area provides produce to our weekly market stall, with most produce harvested the day of, so it's as fresh as you can get.
It's a big undertaking and extra helpers are always welcome.
We work on this area mainly on Wednesday.
Fruit and nut trees
We keep fruit trees to teach their care, to experiment with varieties, to further our locally grown ethos, to sell some at the Market, and to provide ingredients for preserving classes.
There are fruit trees all over the site. Maintenance is not huge but is usually intensive for pruning, mulching and fertilising.