Pakenham Community Garden
Pakenham Community School Farm and Food Project Update
The Pakenham Community Garden, located at 6 Henry Street, uses organic chemical-free gardening principles and is collectively managed by a diverse group of volunteers.
Originally set up in 2007 by a group of local residents and community organisations, the Community Garden is a public food garden featuring fruit trees, raised self-watering garden beds as well as a variety of perennial herb plants and ornamental flowers.
There is a weekly gardening session on Mondays from 9am-12pm, and there are always monthly weekend working bees and a monthly workshop on different topics related to gardening.
Update from the United African Farm Project
Students have been busy forming beds and sowing seeds to produce 800 seedlings at the farm. A major milestone was reached last month with the planting of over 50 fruit trees across the school grounds.
Cardinia Farmland Protection and Advocacy
There has been lots happening in August and September at the United African Farm.
Cardinia Community Kitchen Launched
'Protecting Melbourne’s Strategic Agricultural Land' (aka SAL)
This is a DELWP project that is planning for Melbourne’s Green Wedges and Agricultural Land use future. The strategic agricultural land (SAL) review, directly relates to the Cardinia Community Food Strategy Key Area No.1: Protecting and utilising fertile land as a source of fresh food for current and future generations; and the related priority actions.
The Cardinia Community Kitchen series, funded by Ripe for Change, started at the Officer Recreation Reserve in the RG Porter Rooms on Monday 16 September. We were welcomed and hosted by the Officer Owls, a local branch of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria, to the first event, ‘For the Love of Pumpkin' and it was a great evening for all things pumpkin.