Past Community Garden Projects

Housing Choices Australia

In 2016  and again in 2017 Cultivating Community partnered with Housing Choices Australia (HCA) to improve resident engagement with the existing community gardens at St John’s Place and Latrobe Close as both spaces were being underutilised.  The main aims of the project were to engage residents in the development and on-going management of a welcoming and productive community garden space that enhanced resident engagement with each other, provided access to healthy food, and improved knowledge of and participation in environmental sustainability activities.

A community development approach was used to deliver this project.   A Cultivating Community project worker visited the site at a regular time each week assisting residents with planting and horticultural advice, welcoming new residents who were showing an interest and supporting the development of an advisory group to manage the garden.

Major program activities involved:

  • consulting residents on how they would like to use the garden
  • developing and circulating a newsletter
  • forming an advisory group and conducting its initial meetings
  • providing horticultural advice
  • completing initial spring plantings with residents
  • providing of workshops on food and balcony gardening
  • providing social events to attract residents to the garden.

 

Footscray FOODpath

The Footscray FOODpath Community Garden was a collaborative project between Victoria University, the African Australian Community Centre (AACC), Cultivating Community, and Foodbank Victoria.

The Footscray FOODpath project was 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.  It saw the establishment of a community garden with African refugees and asylum seekers at the AACC in Footscray. Clients from other agencies including the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and AMES also used the garden.

   

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 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 worked with to develop and facilitate a new garden space which included erecting twenty-two 1.2 metre squared raised beds. The gardens were prioritised for locals, many of whom hadn’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.