Have you ever thought about joining a community group? Do you enjoy being outside, getting your hands dirty, learning new skills and eating fresh produce while making new friends and joining in with the local community spirit?

Hilton Harvest Community Garden may be just the group for you.

Located on Rennie Crescent just down from the kindergarten, Hilton Harvest Community Garden is a short walk from the cafe hub and the PCYC on Paget St. Graced by majestic eucalypts, the space is home to 16 allotment beds (for individuals and groups), six community beds, a thriving orchard, the chookship, an insect hotel, composting facilities and much, much more.

Looking across the native garden beds to the Hilton Insect Hotel

The garden was first established nine years ago by a group of local families wanting to foster community participation and activity.

From low waste to no waste

Hilton Harvest Community Garden is ahead of most of us in regard to how they approach a low-to-no waste approach to gardening and daily living.

All buildings are made from recycled materials wherever possible and the chookship is a prime example of sustainable, passive solar, luxury chook accommodation made using Earthship technology.

The compost area is a thriving hive of activity at different stages of cooking which turned regularly by volunteers to encourage worms and healthy decomposition. It is then bagged up and people can take it away simply by giving a donation. The new community bin initiative sees the organisation composting half a tonne of waste a month brought in by the local community and cafes. The Local Cafe contributes waste, as does Farmer Damien.

At all community events hosted by Hilton Harvest Community Garden, people are encouraged to bring their own picnic, but asked to be mindful to limit their packaging. And there is also the opportunity to compost any of your food scraps in the on-site compost bins.

Membership

Hilton Harvest Community Garden welcomes everyone regardless of their age, physical ability or level of gardening skill.

Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to the garden (including compost), discounts on gardening equipment and tools, hire of the trailer and pizza oven, as well as discounts on workshops and some events like the olive pressing – though most events are free.  A single annual memberships costs $30 or $10 (concession), while a family annual memberships costs $45 or $15 (concession).

You can join up simply by clicking here and filling in your details.

Looking across the allotments toward Buds ‘n’ Blooms, the chookship and the orchard

What’s on

Regular gardening groups

On Saturday and Monday mornings you can join the volunteers working in the garden, and help out with planting, composting, mulching, cleaning out the chookship and harvesting fresh produce. This is where friendships are established, new skills learnt and ideas generated

From March, Buds ‘n’ Blooms begins again on Wednesday mornings. Buds and Blooms is the inter-generational garden group that takes things a little more gently than the volunteer groups. With their own section of the garden watched over by a scarecrow, the Buds ‘n’ Blooms enjoy gardening, making art, chatting over a cuppa and sharing food.

Upcoming events

TWILIGHT CONCERT

Head on down to the garden on Saturday, 24th March from 4pm to 9pm to join in Hilton Harvest Community Garden’s annual Twilight event, celebrating Earth Hour and their community. They will have food and drinks, performers, and activities for all ages., including Farmer Damien, Fairy Sandie and Circus WA. Stay tuned for the musical line up following the try outs at the Hilton Harvest Talent Show on 10 March.

 

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