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The community garden is located at the rear of Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre in the Farnham Street Reserve.  It consists of individual plots and communal facilities including a Food Forest with educational signage. Throughout the year the garden hosts community events and education activities in conjunction with like-minded organisations such as Melbourne Inner Northwest Transition Initiative (MINTI) and My Smart Garden.

Farnham Street also developed a community garden at Norfolk Terrace Continuing Care Unit in Flemington with a Grant from Moonee Valley Council. There was a Permablitz conducted to get the garden established. Staff members from Farnham Street were involved as well as volunteers from the local community. Clients from Norfolk Terrace are supported by staff from both Centres to actively engage in the Garden.

Facilities include:

  • Three water tanks
  • A garden shed in which tools, seeds etc are stored
  • Compost bins
  • Plant propagation facilities
  • 12 individual garden plots.

Some of the plots are there for growing produce for use in Life Skills Cooking classes at FSNLC. The rest of the plots are allocated to individuals who wish to tend their own plot. Preference is given to gardeners who do not have their own private garden, hold a concession card and are interested in attending the Horticulture in the Community group on Friday mornings between 10am-12pm.

As part of this group, more experienced gardeners share their knowledge and skills with each other and less experienced gardeners in caring for their own garden plots and communal areas. The garden is largely used for growing edible plants using organic and sustainable gardening methods.



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