Help build a new Community Food Garden in Ivanhoe/Bellfield

We are working with Banyule City Council to assist in developing a new community garden next to the Bellfield Community Hall (corner of Oriel Road and Banksia Street, Bellfield).

The Ivanhoe Community Food Garden (ICFG) has been based in Tate Street Ivanhoe, for the past 2 years. The land has been sold by the Uniting Church and as a result the garden needs to find a new home.

We have a meeting later in April 2014 with Banyule City Council and other possible stakeholders to discuss the new Bellfield Community Garden, how to secure the site, design layout and project plan.

At the new site we intend to have: garden plots for members (raised beds and wicking beds), communal beds, food forest, fruit trees, social area with seating, firepit, bbq, shelter, pizza oven, water tanks.

If you are interested please contact us to express your interest in becoming part of this great new community space.

email:  ivanhoe.foodgarden@gmail.com
tel:       9440 9247
web:    ivanhoecommunitygarden.wordpress.com

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Looking for a new home

Members of the garden are saddened to discover that our community garden cannot continue at the current Tate Street site in Ivanhoe.

The Uniting Church of Australia needs to sell the land to help repay it’s $56 million debt associated with the closure of Acacia College last year.

The Uniting Church is hopeful the land will be sold with the final settlement occurring by March 2014.

Members approached the Banyule City Council last month requesting assistance to find a new home for the garden.  As a not-for-profit organisation we do not have the funds required to purchase our own land and are hoping the council may have some land that we can use.  We will be attending the council neeting this coming Monday (November 18) to ask if they have any solutions for us.  Please come and join us to show your support.  The meeting is at 7:30 pm in the council chambers at 275 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe.

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Aquaponics Workshop – grow your own vegies and fish

Interested in growing organic vegies and raising your own fish? Then this workshop is for you.  Find out about Aquaponic systems, what it is, benefits, how to set one up in your home.

Sunday 17th November  2-4pm
Ivanhoe Community Food Garden
Down the driveway beside 10 Tate St  Ivanhoe
Afternoon tea provided.
Gold coin donation.

Aquaponics is a food growing method where fish and plants are grown together in an integrated system; beneficial. bacteria and other microorganisms within the system convert fish waste into plant available nutrients. The plants use these nutrients as their main food supply. This process filters the water for the fish. It is an ecologically based food production system.

RSVP : email  ivanhoe.foodgarden@gmail.com

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Masters Sausage Sizzle: Raising funds for the garden

barbecueMembers of the garden are running a sausage sizzle this coming Sunday (Sept 15) to raise funds for our garden.  As well as sausages there will be a selection of homemade cakes on offer.  Please come down and support us.

Where: Masters, Northland, 85 Chiefly Drive Preston. Please click here for a map

Date: Sunday Sept 15

Time: 8.30 am – 4.45 pm

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New residents in the garden

We have some fantastic new inhabitants to look over our garden!  Take a look at the photos taken today and see if you can spot them.

Our new friends are courtesy of the 10th Ivanhoe Cubs and they now are growing their own veggies in one of our plots – fantastic!

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Opening the Garden Gate

Well it has been almost two weeks since our first open day at the garden.

We had a wonderful afternoon and from the feedback we think you did too!  Over fifty people attended, including many first-timers who have decided to join up as members.

We also had politicians representing all levels of government with Jenny Mulholland (Banyule Councillor), Anthony Carbines (State Labor), Jenny Macklin (Federal Labor) and Nick McGowan (Federal Liberal).  Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the activities and great food.

Beekeepers Peter Castaldo and Barry Cooper gave a captivating talk and we are now looking into keeping some hives at the garden.  Yummo!  We think Jenny had as much fun as the kids learning how to look after bees and harvest honey.

There was also more fun for the kids with art and craft, a treasure hunt and a giant pile of mulch.

Hungry souls were catered for with Kerry and Ann’s asian green wok-off, a sausage sizzle and afternoon tea.  All delicious!

Enjoy the photos taken on the day and we look forward to seeing an even greater turn out next year.

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Open Day

The garden gate will be open on Saturday July 27 from 1.00 – 4.00 pm as we welcome members of the community to visit our garden in Ivanhoe.

ICFG Fire PitWe have lots of fun activities planned including:

1.00 pm  Sausage sizzle and wok off using asian greens from the garden

2.00 pm  Beekeeper talk

3.00 pm  Afternoon tea

3.15 pm  Treasure hunt

There will also be herb displays, massages, kids art and craft and more.

Members of the community garden will be available to show you what has been achieved since the project began in September 2011.  Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to plot holders – see what they are growing, view the communal food forest and other achievements including the composting system, shelter and installation of rainwater tanks.

So please visit our garden and who knows, you may be inspired to join our little community and take up a plot of your own or simply become a Friend of the Garden and enjoy our beautiful space and company!

The garden is located at the rear of 10 Tate Street in Ivanhoe.  Access is via a long driveway between no.’s 10 and 12.

For any questions regarding the Open Day or the community garden in general please contact us at ivanhoe.foodgarden@gmail.com or Stacey and Paul Morland on 9440 9247

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