Our Garden

The Newstead Community Garden aims:

  • To connect our community through gardening, sustainability and educational activities
  • To generate a culture of sharing, accessibility and sociability
  • To promote water use efficiency
  • To encourage seasonal, healthy eating and local food security

The garden has individual plots and communal gardening spaces. It is based on organic/biodynamic and permaculture principles. We aim to make the space beautiful, welcoming, as well as productive.

The garden sprouted from an idea at the Newstead 2021 Summit, held in May 2008. In September 2009, we turned the first sod for our garden and sowed a green manure crop. In May 2010 we launched the garden and began growing food.

We have a mix of individual and communal plots, plus there’s raised beds, herb beds and fruit trees. Individual Plotholders have their own bit of dirt, plus share the communal areas. ‘Diggers’ garden in the shared communal areas. Garden supporters are kept updated, receive produce excesses and are welcome to scratch in the communal patches.

Become a member, share the tasks and the harvests

Join us for our Garden Open Day on Sunday 3rd April, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the garden in the autumn light while you relax with a cup of coffee/tea and a slice of homemade cake.

We will have a range of organically grown, open-pollinated seedlings available to purchase for your autumn-winter vegetable garden, as well as fresh garden produce and worms. Buy a ticket in our ‘Chook’ raffle and support us in our quest to bring chickens into the garden. (We have some fantastic garden-related prizes!) Take a stroll with us through the garden and discover the many delights of community gardening.

Next upcoming event at the garden