Volunteers welcome at Castlemaine Community Kitchen Garden

Rejuvenation has become the byword at the Castlemaine Community Kitchen Garden over the past few months.

Since September, Castlemaine permaculture design certificate graduate and keen gardener David Beaty has been leading a new initiative to tend the 16 beds at Castlemaine Community Kitchen Garden and upgrade its watering systems.

“It’s a really wonderful plot nestled in the centre of town,” David said. “Its potential for people and produce is enormous.”

Volunteers are welcome anytime. But Wednesday mornings are the best day for new volunteers to drop in. We’d love to see some new faces around the plot. You’ll be greeted with a smile and it’s an exciting time for the garden’s future. People of all ages and gardening experience are welcome – everyone can do something valuable.

Autumn’s main focus is on preparing beds, building up organic matter from cover crops, and planting the beds with a new crop of vegetable seedlings. Ongoing work is building compost reserves, managing the worm farm, enhancing bed watering capacity and bed repair and maintenance.

The Garden was established several years ago with the collaboration of organisations including Growing Abundance, The Hub Plot and the Mount Alexander Shire.

David is at the gardens Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am – 12:30pm. Wednesdays are best for new volunteers.

The Garden is located behind the Castlemaine Town Hall near the corner of Frederick and Mechanics Streets.