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Edendale Community Farm

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by Gen Wilson (subscribe)
A love of the weird and wonderful keeps me writing!
Published September 26th 2012
Meet the animals @ Edendale Community Farm
Edendale Community Farm
Have a wonderful day out at the Edendale Community Farm.

It's one of those places I've often driven past and wondered about. I was in for a delightful surprise. Instead of continuing along Wattletree Road Etham yesterday, I turned right at Gastons Road towards Edendale Community Farm. I was greeted by a fence which could be described as anything but 'normal'.

Edendale Community Farm
The fence @ Edendale Community Farm

Meandering my way up the path I was greeted by all sorts of friendly farm animals. Kids stood at fences beckoning them to come closer. A helpful volunteer gave us detailed descriptions of each animal's name, breed and their daily routine.

Edendale Community Farm
A helpful volunteer told us about all the animals as we wandered up the path.

The baby kids and lambs drew a big crowd.

Edendale Community Farm
Many of the visitors gathered around the baby kids and lambs.

As did the bearded goat who watched passers by with interest.

The bearded goat watched passers by.

Continuing on our way, we came to the Information Centre which was filled with frogs, mini-beasts and yabbies. Inside we were given a run down on Edendale. The farm doesn't just have wonderful animals to meet and play with, there is also an indigenous plant nursery, heritage homestead, sheltered areas for gatherings, worm farms and abundant vegetable gardens.

Edendale Community Farm
Visit the Information Centre to meet some mini-beasts and find out about activities around Edendale.

Walking around Edendale you're not left in the dark about anything. Posters provide information about many of the sustainable aspects and the animals.

Edendale Community Farm
Information signs provide helpful information.

There are also a range of self-guided activities for pre-school and primary school aged children.

Edendale Community Farm
There are self-guided activities for pre-school and primary school aged children.

The well cared for vegetable gardens are something to aspire to. Edendale provides workshops on successful vegetable growing and many other things.

Edendale Community Farm
The abundant vegetable gardens are something to aspire to.

The Indigenous Plant Nursery is well set up with an assortment of trees and shrubs which are very reasonably priced.

Edendale Community Farm
Make the most of the reasonable prices at the Indigenous Plant Nursery.

There is stunning artwork decorating each area, including the Eltham Copper Butterfly created from recycled materials by members of the community.

Edendale Community Farm
The Eltham Copper Butterfly artwork.

Edendale is a short walk from the Eltham Adventure Playground. It's open from 9.30am - 4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day and extreme and code red fire danger days. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated and boxes can be found around the site.
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Why? To have a great day out with the family.
When: 9.30am - 4.30pm everyday except Christmas Day and code red/extreme fire danger days.
Phone: 9433 3711
Where: 30 Gastons Road, Eltham VIC 3095
Cost: Free. Donations are appreciated, there are boxes around the site.
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Just doing a search on Eltham and found your stunning photos.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6022) 3062 days ago
Thank you for this article. My friend and I took all our preschool and school aged kids to Edendale Farm today and they had a ball! The highlight for them was definitely getting to hold and feed the Guinea pigs. They loved all the animals and really enjoyed the treasure hunt. We had a picnic lunch at the Adventure playground ...again they had a ball. Would highly recommend both places for little kids (and dare I say grown ups too?) We'll b back again one day soon.
by kerry (score: 1|52) 3123 days ago
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