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Beginning in 2010 on the site of the old pony club, this community garden now consists of 30 individual plots and a communal garden area. It is an organic garden, with no chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers or fungicides used on site. The garden is managed using the POD system. A Pod is a small group of five or six people who take responsibility for the planning, development and maintenance of different parts of the garden.
You never know who'll show up for those working bees!
Working bees are held every Sunday morning and whilst these are voluntary, plot holders are expected to attend at least four working bees each year. This is a requirement for renewing the annual lease for their plot. Not only does this share the workload, but it also helps to build a sense of community amongst gardeners.
The Yoorala Street Community Garden welcomes new members and is a child friendly place. Members of the garden recognize the benefits that gardening has for all ages and providing children are supervised by parents, they are a welcome addition to this gardening community. The garden is a safe place for youngsters, with the sand pit proving to be a very popular spot during working bees!
Those with accessibility difficulties have also been considered at Yoorala Street, with raised garden beds being constructed recently to enable their participation in gardening. A leisurely stroll around the gardens reveals not only fruit and vegies growing here, but a variety of herbs and a smattering of flowers such as sweet peas, jasmine, native shrubs, poppies, pansies, cosmos and geraniums are flourishing too.
If you'd like to learn more about the Yoorala Street Community Garden, the best time to visit is Sunday morning between 8.30am and 10am, when working bees are taking place. Feel free to join these working bees and enjoy a communal morning tea afterwards, where you'll have the opportunity to meet fellow gardeners.
Local residents are welcome to become members at any time and you don't need to be an experienced gardener to join. General membership is $20 for a single and $30 for a family. Should you wish to secure a plot, a yearly fee of $84 is applicable.
Should you have any garden tools or recycled construction materials that you'd like to donate, these would be welcomed with open arms! For information on upcoming events and any other gardens news or info, check the noticeboards at the entry shelter.
So how about dragging your family members, young and not-so-young, away from their electronic devices and TV and out into the fresh air and sunshine? Reconnect with nature, nurture your special plot and watch your family's health and budget reap the benefits!