5 Mar 2015
Are you strapped for space, living in an inner city apartment? Are the only green things in your home of the plastic variety? Now is the time to get on board the community garden bandwagon. Upon joining, you can receive your very own plot of earth where you can grow just about anything you like; sometimes you can even have your own beehive!
These community gardens present more than just a convenient place to harvest produce – they also provide a hub for like-minded individuals who are passionate about growing fresh food and herbs. Some host weekly produce markets, and others are just a great place to meet new people, have fun and share your skills. Without further ado, here are some of Brisbane’s most popular community gardens.
Northey Street City Farm
The Northey Street City Farm is a non-profit organisation run by the community, for the community. Here you’ll find more than 1,500 exotic and native fruit trees, shrubs and bushtucker plants, tenderly planted and cared for across four acres of farmland. If you are passionate about permaculture and have always wanted to grow your own food, here’s your chance to exercise your green thumb! Allotments can be hired for as little as $1 per week (be sure to check the website for price updates), and all are encouraged to come down and learn some great gardening skills. This is one of the oldest community gardens in Brisbane!
If you don’t want to grow your own produce, but love quality organic food, the Northey Street City Farm is ideal. Head down to their Sunday Organic Farmer’s Markets – the perfect place to purchase delicious, high-quality and locally grown produce.
Beelarong Community Farm
Seven kilometres from the Brisbane CBD is the Beelarong Community Farm. Members here are passionate about growing organic, chemical-free produce within a sustainable farming environment. Members meet twice a week – every Wednesday and Sunday – and new members are always welcome. If you’re curious about community farms and gardens, have a sneak peek of the results Beelarong Community Farm members achieve with their plots. Going above and beyond to minimise their carbon footprint, this farm also features a grey water system, solar power and innovative composting techniques.
If you’re looking to teach the kids a bit about gardening, this is a great place to start! Come down, have a poke around and gain some great knowledge and advice about cultivating your own plants.
Vera Street Community Garden
A little further out of the CBD, you will find the Vera Street Community Garden. All gardeners – from first-time gardeners to advanced – are welcome here. This is a safe, fun and vibrant community space where residents come together to do a bit of organic gardening and creek rehabilitation. These guys constantly run fantastic gardening workshops, as well as open days that include garden tours, cooking demonstrations, basket weaving tutorials and more.
This is a fantastic community garden to participate in, if you live close by. With yearly membership priced at just $12 (again, remember to check the website for any price changes), it’s a miniscule amount to pay when you consider the knowledge and life skills you will gain.