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Everyone in the garden was extremely welcoming and inviting. The sense of community is strong and encourages friendships for people that may otherwise be isolated, due to age, disability or social reasons.
There are 80 garden plots and everyone grows different fruit and veg. On the third Saturday of each month there is a food swap, so if someone's fruit tree is overloaded then they bring the excess in and swap it for something else, jams, preserves, biscuits, veggies and so on. Food swap has been a huge success overseas for many years and it's great to see it happening locally.
If you would like your own plot at the garden, there are currently 4 available. The cost of a plot is only $30 annually and membership is also $30. A great way to start your own veggie patch if you don't have room for one.
Members are welcome to join the garden without having a plot. There are communal garden areas, a kitchen to make tea/coffee, a nice shaded outdoor sitting area, a library, and I can't forget the chickens and the sand pit, because if I am to get my own plot, that's what my children will be interested in.
Every member receives their own key to the front gate, so they can enjoy the garden any time they wish.
The downside for the volunteers is money. To keep the garden accessible to everyone in the community they need to keep the garden plots and membership reasonable. To do this they hold sausage sizzles at Bunnings, attend the Mornington Farmers Market, and other fundraisers to keep afloat.
As with all clubs they always need more financial assistance and people who can help with building structures and maintenance.
They would also appreciate any seeds, mulch, straw and garden products. If you can help out or would like your own plot, Julie would love to hear from you.