The FLAME (Food, Life, Art, Music, and Education) Community Garden is in Tecoma situated in front of a church and opposite a bakery.
We acknowledge that the land the garden is situated upon is the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We continue the ongoing guardianship with respect for Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the extensive agricultural and plant knowledge that enabled First Nations peoples to live in harmony with this country for over 60,000 years and in excellent health. Our intention is to connect to and care for this land and incorporate First Nations peoples Knowledges that are recently emerging about Caring for Country.
All food is available for everyone, it is run by volunteers. Anyone can visit any time and pick food. It has a watering system but also has a roster for watering parts that are not yet included in the new system. It has 2 different composting systems hot compost and sub pods. Talk to us about using the sub pods for food scraps.
Garden times: 3rd Saturday, 10.30am to 12 unless it falls on a holiday weekend. Children welcome. Safe play space.
Other activities: Offers workshops on various food and garden-related topics. See Facebook Events
Story: Started 8 years ago by 3 women. Church allows us to use the land. Food is Free was started by this group but is now managed by the Church. Has a committee you can join. Meets as needed.
The FLAME Community Garden and Food Forest in Tecoma was developed as a central project in an organisation called The Hills Food Frontier.
The Hills Food Frontier (THFF) was a volunteer based incorporated association that inspired, mobilised and equipped the Hills community to choose, grow, share and eat good food.
THFF de incorporated in 2022 due to lack of committee volunteers.
The FLAME Community Garden and Food Forest lives on.
Volunteers of the FLAME Garden have changed the landscape of the wasted and degraded space around a community building by using permaculture principles. The garden is now well established. We welcome volunteers to help us move forward in caring for the garden and developing more artwork in the garden.