Community Gardens

We also support non-public housing community garden initiatives. If you are interested in starting up a community garden in your local area, please consult our resources page to find the right people to support you.

Neighbourhood Garden on Davis

Davis St, Kensington

The neighbourhood garden is a pilot project supported by City of Melbourne in response to requests from local families wanting to grow food closer to where they live, to become more sustainable and increase biodiversity and resilience in their neighbourhood. This project will test a new model of communal gardening along with innovative food production technology. The garden is made up of Foodwalls from Biofilta as well as two galvanised wicking beds.  Cultivating Community is undertaking an evaluation of the project measuring howmuch produce is generated as well as documenting the range of benefits and learnings arising from the project. We are hoping it will provide us with a model that can be replicated in other small, underutilised spaces and laneways across the municipality.

For further information on the project contact: 

For further information on City of Melbourne’s food policy see: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/health-support-services/health-services/Pages/food-policy.aspx

For further information on the foodwalls see: http://www.biofilta.com.au/urban-food-production/

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 Sunnyfields Community Garden, Northcote

Sunnyfields Community Garden, located 540 High St Northcote,  was developed by Cultivating Community, in partnership with the Northcote Baptist Church in 2013. The church has provided temporary access and land for the garden, which involved a rebuild of a former garden centre and nursery.

The garden was officially opened on 26th May 2013 by Cultivating Community former CEO Michael Gourlay and representatives from the Baptist Church and co-managed by both groups until December 31st 2014.  This was the first non-public housing community garden that we have worked with to develop and facilitate a new garden space which included erecting twenty-two 1.2 metre squared raised beds. The gardens have been prioritised for locals, many of whom haven’t previously had access to any food growing space and continues to be a unique and inspiring inner-city green space. In January 2015 Northcote Baptist Church took over full management of the garden, you can contact Cameron Healey at 

We’re extremely proud of what was accomplished in a short span of time and we are keen to work with other new community gardening projects in the future.

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Footscray FOODpath

The Footscray FOODpath is a collaborative community partnership between Cultivating Community, Victoria University, Foodbank Victoria, CityMaking Collective, and the African Australian Community Centre (itself a partnership between the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Parish of Footscray). Footscray FOODpath is about creating a pathway to food security, health and nutrition, skill development, community connection, and social inclusion in Footscray, an area where levels of food insecurity are double the Victorian average.

Members of the population most at risk of food insecurity include refugees, asylum seekers, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The newest group of refugees and asylum seekers in Footscray are people of African backgrounds. The Footscray FOODpath is located at the African Australian Community Centre in Footscray. There is currently no community garden in Footscray so the first initiative was the new community garden located at 32 Pickett St in Footscray. It is targeted at African refugees and asylum seekers, but is open to people of any background. Victoria University food researcher, Dr Isabelle de Solier, will be researching the impact of the community garden on the people who use it. The partnership is hoping to work on expanding the project in the future.