The EcoCentre garden is a shared community garden featuring Indigenous cultural plants, a rain garden, heritage vegetables, a propagation area, heritage fruit trees and an organic waste composting system for the local neighbourhood. The produce is shared by those who help to grow it. It is also an educational garden with a strong focus on sustainable gardening practices.
This model has many benefits: making new friends, tuning in to the seasons and local ecology, sharing knowledge and skills, learning the latest in urban agriculture methods, leading the way in food security and eating a great variety of fresh food! Anyone can get involved but must attend a short induction as a garden volunteer. It's the perfect place for a beginner to start to learn how to grow food. "Learning by doing” is how we do it here. Current garden and community greening programs are funded by City of Port Phillip, Transurban and the Australian Communities Environment Program.
Our community garden products for the public include:
- Pick your own baggie of organically grown leafy greens and herbs for $5
- Seasonal heirloom seedlings from the garden
- Seasonally available compost from our community compost bays
Garden Working Bees & Social Tea
Every Friday, two sessions:
Morning:10am to 12pm
Afternoon: 1pm - 3pm
We are looking for garden volunteers to supplement our existing garden team on Fridays. We are currently hosting morning sessions (10am to 12pm) and afternoon sessions (1pm to 3pm). Having experience and knowledge of gardening is favourable, but not compulsory. Having team spirit, lots of enthusiasm and being reliable are!
Learn about Volunteering at the EcoCentre
Indigenous Gardening Club and the "Wominjeka" Garden
Our Wominjeka (Welcome) Garden has over 50 species, including plants with bush tucker, medicinal, tools, art and ceremonial uses by the Boon Wurrung people. In the midst of this garden we also have a raingarden and gathering space, where stories can be told. If you are passionate about indigenous plants, or curious to learn, nominate for our Wominjeka working bees or join our community coastal revegetation projects. Roll up your sleeves for propogation, weeding bees, and lots of learning from the EcoCentre and Boon Wurrung educators.
Small Market Garden & Nursery
Harvest your own fresh, organically grown leafy greens and herbs! Cost $5 for a brown bag. We usually have surplus of heirloom seedlings too (gold coin donation). A QR code allows you to donate online outside of EcoCentre hours.
Community Compost Bays - Now open!
The EcoCentre community compost bay is now open again and accepting organic waste! We're in particular need of shredded paper and cardboard (brown waste) to balance out the food scraps (green waste) that we've already received. Explore the ways you can start composting, even in small spaces, yards or schools by visiting CompostRevolution.com.au - Check to see whether you are eligible to recieve a discount on composting gear. Get up to 80% off a worm farm, bokashi or compost bin! Not close to the EcoCentre? Discover your closest nearby compost bay on ShareWaste.com
For more information about anything gardening and how to get involved, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org