We will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next year so the Edible Food Trail will be part of our activities & events for the year. Good timing!
Ku-ring-gai Council was instrumental in facilitating the setting up of the garden along with enthusiastic residents in the area. The Turramurra community bank branch of the Bendigo Bank was a strong supporter in getting us going also. The State Government has also supported us financially. A lot of work has gone into constructing the garden by the members with physical work and grant applications in the early days.
The result is an established and productive garden with dry stone retention walls on the sloping site, a greenhouse, shade house, wicking beds, worm farm system, compost bays and a solar electricity system.
We have both communal garden areas where we all work together in teams & also approximately 24 private individual plots. Our working bees are every Saturday morning from 9am to 12noon, but members can work in their plots at any time during the week. Members of the public are free to visit at any time as the area is not fenced. Due to competition from various animals for our produce, we have cages for some of our raised beds and netting over some of our fruit trees when they are fruiting. It is a constant battle.
Our membership is approximately 50, but growing due to the number of new units being developed in the area. We have a range of ages and an increasingly diverse range of cultural backgrounds.