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Community Garden

About the Program

The EcoCentre garden is a shared community garden featuring 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.

Every Friday, two sessions:
Morning: 10am to 12pm
Afternoon: 1pm to 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). People do not have to have any gardening knowledge, only enthusiasm.

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.

Our community garden products for the public include:

  • Pick your own baggie of organically grown leafy greens and herbs for $5
  • Seedlings and plants from the garden
  • Seasonally available compost from our community compost bays

Our First Nations cultural “Wominjeka” garden has over 50 species, including plants such as edibles, medicinal, tools, art and ceremony plants used by the local people. In the midst of this garden, we also have a raingarden and gathering space, where stories can be told.

Help is always welcome in maintaining the garden.

That’s right, everyone can now harvest their own fresh, organically grown leafy greens and herbs! Cost $5 for a brown bag. We usually have plants for sale/by donation too (gold coin donation). Visit anytime during St Kilda Botanical Garden hours. Donations can be made in cash or through the QR code by the plant shelves.

The EcoCentre community compost bays will be closed while we’re based at our temporary site – Cora Graves Community Centre (38 Blessington St). 

The City of Port Phillip offers a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service. Click here to learn more about how you can use this service to dispose your food scraps and leftovers.

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 compost bay on ShareWaste.com

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.