A Guide to
Gardening in

What are
Community gardens are places where people
come together to grow food and other plants,
to learn new skills, meet other people, form
meaningful connections with one another and
be part of their local community.
The most important ingredient in Community
Gardens is you!
Would you like to grow fresh, healthy
food but don’t know where to start?
Would you like to grow produce with
others and share it in your local area?
This Guide
Brimbank City Council is committed to
improving the health and wellbeing of our
community. Growing food can help improve
food security, promote healthy eating, increase
physical activity, build community connections
and enhance opportunities for sustainable living.
There are many ways that residents can get
involved with growing food. We have developed
this guide to help our residents explore
opportunities in the City of Brimbank.

A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank
Growing at Home
For those wanting to grow food at home, many
resources are available to help.
My Smart Garden
is an online resource full of
information, ideas, events and free resources that
can help you grow food at home.
Sustainability Victoria
provides a step by step guide
to establishing a food garden at home.
Sustainable Gardening Australia
has lots of helpful
resources such as videos and articles on their website.
Council delivers a range of programs related to growing
food and the environment in community facilities such
as libraries, neighbourhood houses and community
centres. Explore our
Library websites
for more
information or check out
for details of low cost and no charge
classes and programs on cooking and sustainability.
Council staff in our libraries, neighbourhood houses and
community centres can help you explore the internet
and find the information you need including how to grow
food in small spaces (even on
For local residents, Council provides discounted compost
bins and worm farms that can be sent to your home
through the
Compost Revolution
program. Learn all
you need to know about composting, worm farming or
using a bokashi bin in only 10 minutes.
A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank
Growing at School
Growing food in schools helps children understand
where food comes from and learn life-long skills in
composting, caring for plants and creating healthy
nutritious meals.
kitchen garden programs
provide access
to food growing and environmental education for
young people. Many young people at school in
Brimbank have access to growing spaces and
some have established kitchen gardens.
Council supports schools’ environment and
sustainability through:
Quarterly school bulletins:
online newsletters
promoting upcoming environmental workshops
and events, competitions, grants and awards as
well as online tips and resources for teachers.
Sign up here
Online resources:
check out Council’s
Education webpage
for presentations on
topics such as biodiversity, energy, waste and
recycling, water and sustainable systems as well
as other online resources, fact sheets and links.
Commercial worm farms:
to support
schools reducing food waste and support food
growing and learning, Council offers schools
a subsidised
Worm Habitat Grande
. Contact
the Environmental Education Officer for
details on
9249 4000
Support and advice:
Council provides
information to help with your environmental
school project. Make an enquiry using our
online request form
Brimbank Teacher
offers professional
development for
teachers, support
staff, parents
and volunteers. Meetings may involve
networking at a local host school, including
a sustainability tour, or webinars to enable
teachers to participate remotely. Register
through the Quarterly school bulletin.
Vegetable seedlings:
Working with
the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Council has
offered participating schools punnets of
seedlings free of charge for students to
plant, harvest and cook. Keep an eye out for
updates in the Quarterly school bulletin as
we hope to offer this program again in
spring this year.
A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank
Joining a Community
There are several established community gardens
in Brimbank.
Council’s Westvale Community Centre Garden in
Kings Park has 50 garden plots of various sizes used by
individuals and community groups. Some of these are
used to garden and grow food collectively.
Westvale also manages 33 garden plots at the Padley
Park Community Garden in St Albans. The current model
allows community members to hire plots for private use.
If you’d like to know more, contact
or call
9249 4665
Some of Brimbank’s neighbourhood houses and
community centres have small food growing spaces
and facilities depending on the time of year and the
programs being delivered. The
is updated
regularly so keep an eye out for opportunities and
make contact with your local centre or follow them on
Kororoit Creek NH community garden
(KCNH) is
next to Selwyn Park in Albion and has a mix of garden
beds, including some edible native plants. The garden
is open to the community to visit to see what’s growing
or pick some fresh produce to take home. You can
also join as a garden volunteer and help maintain and
develop the gardens at KCNH.
A Guide to Community Gardening in Brimbank
There are a number of things to consider in
developing a new Community Garden.
Who will be involved in the garden? While it
is an exciting idea, starting and maintaining a
Community Garden does take work and you will
need help in getting it off the ground. Working
effectively over time to keep it going means
having a group with roles and responsibilities
in some sort of structure.
Where will your Community Garden be? There
are many things to consider in finding a good
site that is accessible to the community including
location, local facilities such as toilets and how
the space is currently used.
Who owns the land and are there restrictions
on its use, for example as a conservation area
or a dog park?
Is the soil safe and suitable for food growing
and if not, are soil barriers or raised beds
possible? How much space is needed for the
garden? Is there a way to access water on site
and does it get direct sunlight most of the day?
What resources will you need to develop a
Community Garden? Is there enough people
power and financial support? Do you need money
to purchase items and equipment? If you apply
for funds, will you need an auspicing body?
The following websites offer great information
and advice about the steps involved.
are a Melbourne based not-for-profit
that provide advice and resources to help groups
with the skills and knowledge needed to grow
fresh healthy food. If your group needs help with
incorporation or needs an auspicing body, 3000
Acres can assist. Check out their guide to starting
a new community garden
Australian City Farms and Community
Gardens Network
are a national group that provide a
range of resources on improving or establishing
community gardens.
Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)
have a huge number of resources for
home gardeners, professionals and community
gardeners alike. They have produced a
with templates and guides for every stage of the
community garden establishment process.
Happy gardening!
For more information, please contact the
Growing Brimbank Program Facilitator
9249 4000
As we all want to be healthy and well,
it is always a good idea to check that
your soil is suitable for food growing.
Environment Victoria has information
to help you find out about when and
how to test your soil:
4 Considering starting a new
Community Garden?