This is an invitation to join us in “getting down and dirty” with Mother Nature, by becoming part of Warringah’s first, but not last, community garden.
What is a community garden?
A community garden provides open green space for the local community to grow their own organic fruit & vegetables and to share ideas, learn new things, relax and make new friends.
A community garden brings the local community together through productive organic gardening and provides a sense of belonging through people working together and sharing their time and interests.
About Manly Vale Community Garden
Manly Vale Community Garden is situated on land that was once 3 house blocks. It is a shared site with a children’s playground and abounds with youthful energy and curiosity. As well there is a sense of peace and order in the garden.
The garden is run as a cooperative under the guidance of a member’s volunteer management committee.
There is a large area of shared/common space where there is plenty of room to grow a wide variety of plants. There is a greenhouse for raising seedlings. There are community compost bins. There is a garden shed which houses tools, BBQs, a library and soon, a wood-fire pizza oven.
In addition there are forty-five, 2 meter square individual raised garden plots which members can rent on a yearly basis.
By becoming a member you become part of a dedicated group of gardeners whose aim is to promote sustainable living and to “make a difference” in the way we live. Members have a say in what happens in the garden and take part in education and social events.
How much does it cost?
Annual Membership of the community garden is open to all Warringah residents
- $25 single
- $15 unwaged
- $35 family/household
- $100 passionate
- Not in the area? Become a Friend of the Garden: $10
Annual membership is due 1st November of each year.
How do I join?
- Read the association rules
- Print & sign the mvcg applicatioin form updated 10th july 2012 (2 pages)
- Print & fill in the MVCG skills list form
- Post to (or drop in the garden’s letterbox): Manly Vale Community Garden Secretary, 4 – 8 Innes Rd, MANLY VALE 2093
How do I pay?
- Preferred payment method: Direct Payment to Bendigo Bank BSB: 633000, Account: 140329558. Please include your full name if online deposit so we know who you are.
- By Cheque payable to Manly Vale Community Garden Inc (add extra 70 cents – bank fees)
- Please only pay membership fees when joining for the first time, not plot fees as well.
What else do I have to do?
As part of the membership you need to be inducted into the garden and attend a compulsory introductory and OH&S information session before you can start gardening.
It is also necessary for you do some work in the communal garden beds & attend 2 -3 working bees during the year, which are usually a lot of fun.
When can I have an individual plot?
You can apply for your own plot, (for a yearly fee of $40), after a period of time working in the communal areas. There is a very small waiting list and all plots come up for renewal on 1st November of each year.
N.B. – Don’t pay plot fee now, only membership fee
Can I plant what I like?
Yes. But you need to follow the simple MVCGI guidelines. There will be a planting plan for the community beds so they are beautiful as well as edible.
What times are the garden open?
All the time. Access to the community centre toilet, locked shed and locked cupboard is only on the week-ends (when a committee member is present).
What happens after becoming a member?
You need to be inducted into the garden. This means we all need to be safe in the garden, follow the same guidelines and learn how the garden works. And then you are free to enjoy gardening with like-minded people.
Come along to week-end workshops (either a Saturday OR Sunday from 9.30am) on a whole range of interesting topics, enjoy a cuppa with new friends.
GET INVOLVED!!! We are all learners and all teachers.
Contact us via email or on Manly Vale Community Garden’s Facebook Page