The Newstead Community Garden and Produce Exchange was one idea which sprouted from 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.
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 also aim to incorporate artwork by local artisans, to make the space beautiful, as well as productive.
Our produce exchanges are held on a monthly basis, in Newstead’s main street, outside the Red Store. Local gardeners share their excesses from the garden and catch up on local happenings.
Hamish MacCallum from Meridian Land Designs worked with us to produce a concept design for our garden. Still a work in progress, the garden has been developed in line with permaculture principles. As such, it is based around the mandala design, to maximise productive space and allow for the development of 12 individual plots and 8 common garden … Continue reading Design of our Garden
Read the earlier post about the garden history and Richard Marks here: https://newsteadgarden.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/a-hint-of-history-and-a-community-legacy/ The documents about Richard Marks can be downloaded below: newstead history garden2 newstead history garden3 newstead history garden4 newstead history garden5 newstead history garden6 Newstead township parish map and some of them also viewed here:
We’ve set up these pages to highlight our arts project, and to provide a continuing connection for the artists, community members and gardeners involved. Some background ….. ….begins with a visit to the Barwon Heads community garden in 2009/2010, inspired by the beauty, function and productivity. Art is incorporated into every part of their garden, … Continue reading Art in the Garden
This is the site for our garden, in February 2009, in the pics below. Enjoy the transformation of sheep paddock to the verdant garden above in the following images. More recent galleries can be found via the Gallery tab on the About Us page.