Community Garden

The Simply Living Community Garden in the church grounds is open all year round.  It includes an edible garden with herbs, vegetables and fruit, community composting bays and seating in shade and sun.

Everyone is welcome to join in the activities held in and around the garden or simply enjoy the space.  We invite the community to pick herbs and vegetables but ask people to only take as much as they need, take care of the plants so they continue to be productive and to give something back in return. Contributions of time, expertise, materials, compost scraps or donations are welcome.

COVID-19 - update August 2021

The Simply Living Community Garden, Community composting and community seed exchange are open.  Please follow current government hygiene and social distance requirements when visiting the garden.

Most of our activities have COVID safe work plans and have resumed except under government restrictions and lockdowns.

Kitchen Mates will resume in Term 4.

We've added another opportunity to work in the garden - Mondays from 1-2pm

Please read, and agree to,  the working bee COVID safe work plan before attending a working bee.

Community garden activities include:

Free seasonal gardening activities;
Meet other people, share your gardening skills or learn new ones
Preschool families:  Monday 11.45am - 12.45pm (school term time).
Community garden working bees: 3rd Saturday of the month 10—11am & Mondays during term time 1-2pm
Please BYO sun protection, gardening gloves & water bottle and wear closed shoes for working bees

Community compost bays
Open 24/7 – turn your kitchen scraps and shredded paper into food for the garden and reduce landfill & emissions.  See here for what can and can't go in the compost.

Community seed exchange
Share your excess or saved seeds or take some to grow for yourself.
See here for how the seed exchange works.

Social cooking using garden produce
- limited places, booking required

Kitchen Mates, Fridays fortnightly 11am-1.30 pm ($5 /person) - will resume in Term 4
Grow & Eat, school holiday cooking and gardening activities ($5 / child), Wednesdays during the September holidays

Make & Mend. Drop in to share your sewing, knitting or crafting skills or get some help to make or mend textile-related items.   BYO project or help make useful items for our community.   Sewing machines available.
3rd Wed of the month, 1.00 - 4.00pm, See flyer

"Uniting for a Good Cause" garage sale
An annual event in October to re-use and re-purpose stuff, connect our community and raise funds for some great local programs.   For more information see our Garage Sale Trail page,  SkillsFest Facebook page or contact Janet (contact details below).

Workshops, talks and more ....

As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2021
Seeds & Compost - an introduction
Saturday 20th February 2021, 10-11.30 am

‘Leaflet’ garden newsletter
Subscribe via email or download the latest edition here.   Leaflet_56_Winter 2021

See the video "Simply Living at Port Melbourne Uniting Church", made by Carla and Jemma as part of the PORTogether project.

Garden support - thankyou
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the garden with seeds, plants, materials or cash donations and to all those who give their time to care for the garden.
City of Port Phillip Smart Solutions for Community Services program

For more information about the community garden, contact our Simply Living Project Worker, Janet Hoare on 9690 1188 or