Heads down, Green Thumbs Up!

Just a few members from The Brook Community Garden; Mish Burkett, James Burkett and Zach Mander

A small organisation with big plans, Brook Community Garden is set to make a tree-mendous impact locally.

A number of years ago, local residents, Helen Moriarty and Keren Sweeney, began campaigning for the Garden’s establishment. It wasn’t until June 2018 that their efforts paid off, and they celebrated their success by hosting a smashing launch party on behalf of Brook Community Garden. The organisation has been growing from the ground up ever since!

This exciting community garden is gaining momentum at the old pony club on McConaghy Street, Mitchelton. From young families to retirees, this group welcomes people of all ages with open arms—as long as you’ve got a green thumb! 

Brook Community Garden has a community composting hub, where locals are encouraged to drop off food scraps, such as fruits and vegetables. From here, Garden volunteers take the reins by turning the scraps into compost to use in the garden. The compost bins are added to every day, making them quite popular amongst the residents of Mitchelton. Not to mention, compost bins are super important in the realm of plant growth and fertilisation, as the compost helps retain moisture in soil in order for plants to have a better chance at survival.

 

The Brook Community Garden is great for all the family

On top of having a composting hub, Brook Community Garden is also home to a garden—of course—made up of fruit lemon, lime, mulberry, and guava trees, as well as planted corn, tomatoes, lettuce, and beans for the spring. Also, the Garden holds what they call a ‘working bee’ every second Sunday, and a garden meeting on the last Sunday of every month.

The most engaging element of Helen and Keren’s brainchild is the community workshops they hold for all ages, in which attendees learn indigo dyeing and native bee keeping, and more talents to come in the future! 

The Brook Community Garden family are passionate about sharing their knowledge about growing vegetables and composting to our community. With so many new apartment blocks sprouting up in the area, it is now more important than ever for people to have access to green spaces—and to be taught how to make the most of them. Brook Community Garden offers both of these things, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded neighbours. 

Don’t be-leaf me? Check out the Garden for yourself! Visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBrookCG/ for more information.

A member planting a citrus tree

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