The Jane Street Community Garden is a non-profit, community based organisation run by volunteers for the community. The garden has been established for over 10 years, coving approximately 500 square meters and grows nearly 200 different varieties of edible plants, including salad greens, vegetables, herbs, fruit, companion, butterfly and insect attracting plants.
To create a working model of a cooperative, community based urban organic garden that aims to:
- Enrich people's lives by providing them with a practical way to develop a stronger connection to the food we eat and the environment we live in.
- Accommodate increasing community interest in organic gardening and sustainability practices by offering varied, practical opportunities to volunteer and learn about organic gardening.
- Educate the general public, school children and community groups in organic, sustainable, permaculture and water-wise practices, as well as general gardening topics such as composting, plant health and seed saving.
- Increase recreation activities which contribute towards the improved health and well-being of the community and increase opportunities for training and team building.
Overview of how the garden works
The Jane Street Community Garden operates as a diverse, organic, permaculture garden beside Davies Park on the corner of Jane Street and Montague Road in West End. The gardens are divided into communal growing areas, demonstration sites and individually rented plots (check out the Garden Plan for more details). There are many different ways to get involved at the gardens including becoming a Casual Worker, Garden Member, Supporting Garden Member, Plot Holder, Sponsor or Partner depending on your time availability and interests.
Micah Projects auspices and is involved in coordinating the running of the garden. Micah Projects is a community organisation with an unswerving commitment to social justice and believes that every child and adult has the right to a home, an income, health care, education, safety, dignity and connection with their community of choice.
- Individual Plots: Plot Holders can individually rent a plot to grow organic produce for their exclusive use.
- Communal Plots: communal growing spaces where Casual Workers and Garden Members work together to grow and harvest organic produce.
- Demonstration plots: areas of raised wicking beds that are used in workshops as demonstrations plots and available to harvest by the wider community.
- Herb Plots: communal beds grow a range of medicinal and culinary herbs which are available to harvest by the wider community.
- Compost and Mulch Plots: areas set aside to grow crops including arrow root, comfrey and yarrow for use in compost making and weed teas for fertiliser.
- Perimeter of the Garden: areas that grow a range of culinary and medicinal herbs and fruit trees.
- Facilities: The gardens have a large shade house, 2 small social areas, 2 sheds, compost bays and worm farm.