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Community Garden

The EcoCentre garden is a shared community garden featuring Aboriginal 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.

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

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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

We have just finished our new Aboriginal Cultural Garden, the "Wominjeka" Garden. We have over 50 species, including such plants as bush tucker, medicinal, tools, art and ceremony plants used be 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.

Small Market Garden & Nursery

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 surplus of heirloom seedlings too (gold coin donation). So come and have a look to see what we have got for you. 

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 volunteer@ecocentre.com

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo 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.