Yackandandah Community Centre has been the auspicing organisation for a very exciting project for the town – the establishment of the Yackandandah Community Garden.
This garden was developed in partnership with Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), and made possible through funding provided by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Bushfire Grants Fund. The fund was established in response to the 2009 Victorian bushfires, and its principal aims were to assist in the restoration of community life in rural townships affected by the fires. Further funding for the “Cooking Up A Community” project – cooking and preserving equipment, was provided from the Into Our Hands Community Foundation in 2013.
The Community Garden received a grant from the Border Trust in November 2014 for continuing the great series of workshops that run in conjunction with the monthly Food Swap, so that we can now afford to pay our talented tutors, and also encourage some to come from further away so that we can continue to hone our gardening skills.
The Community Garden has a strong focus on community, education & sustainability and the Community Garden Working Group welcomes all members of the town and district in the involvement of this garden.
During the set up of the garden, the project was supported by Indigo Shire, funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and project managed by Sustainable Gardening Australia .
For details on how YOU can participate in the Yackandandah Community Garden, or if you would like further information, please send an email to: yackandandahCG@gmail.com
Where will you find the garden?
It is next to the Swimming Pool in William Street, and opposite Yack’s Court House.
There is a Food Swap and Workshop at the Garden on the third Saturday of each month. The Food Swap starts at 10.00 am and the Workshop at about 10.30 a.m. Lots of different topics are taught including:
- Compost making
- Garden Mosaics
- Seed Saving
- Creating “Insect Hotels”
- Child-friendly garden areas
- Native Insect Hotels – how to make them and what you might provide a new home for!