Edible Hub Community Garden
SHIFT works in partnership with the Edible Hub community garden to deliver a range of workshops and programs around food and sustainability.
About the garden
The Edible Hub garden is situated at the entrance to the Hurstbridge Community Hub, and is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers in accordance with permaculture principles. The garden is open to the public, and provides an inclusive space for people to connect and learn through topics of food growing, community resilience, and sustainability. The produce from the beds is free for everyone to harvest, promoting the concepts of a sharing economy, and the use of communal land for the production of fresh, local food.
The garden has numerous wicking beds, a compost station with three large bins, a small perennial food garden, newly built sensory garden, and a picnic/eating area with tables and chairs. There are currently plans in place to build a children’s area, bush tucker garden, Mediterranean garden, and add more beds as well as fruit and berry plants. A range of free and low-cost workshops and events are run regularly by the garden volunteers, and advertised through SHIFT and the Edible Hub Facebook page.
The garden is run in conjunction with a number of related initiatives at the Hurstbridge Hub, including a Food is Free table, twice monthly food swap, Home Harvest seed library, and repair café. See our other pages for more information on these events.
Weekly garden meet ups
The garden volunteers meet Thursday mornings at 9.30am to plan or carry out work in the garden. Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required. We welcome all ages, interests, and abilities.
Get involved with the Edible Hub community garden
We love to welcome new members to the garden, and invite people to be involved however they feel comfortable. There’s no huge time commitment, or particular gardening skills required. Just a desire to grow nutritious fresh food, and contribute to a creating a beautiful space for the community to enjoy and benefit from.
You can join us as a regular or casual garden volunteer, helping with general maintenance like sowing, planting, pruning, mulching, composting, and harvesting.
You can help out at workshops by baking morning tea, promoting events, helping with workshop activities, or welcoming people as they arrive.
You can join our dedicated and passionate organising team to help decide the direction of the garden and the programs we run.
Facilitate a workshop
You can share your expertise, skills or knowledge with others by volunteering to host a workshop, event, or information session.
Edible Hub Community Projects
Edible Hub Community Garden
SHIFT partners with the Edible Hub community garden to deliver workshops and events in food growing, food sustainability, and all things food gardening. The garden is open to the public and welcomes community members to pick produce and share in the bounty.
Food Swap & Share
The Edible Hub community garden holds a food share event twice a month. Join us between 10 and 11 am on every 2nd and 4th Saturday. Bring along your surplus produce, or if there’s not much going on in the garden just bring yourself. Everyone is welcome, and you don’t have to be a grower to come along.
Food is Free
Homegrown food and other items leftover from each food swap & share are placed on the Food is Free table for everyone in the community to access. The Food is Free project is a worldwide movement dedicated to increasing food security and community cohesion through access to nutritious, healthy food.
The Hurstbridge Hub is home to one of the beautiful Home Harvest seed libraries, managed by the Edible Hub garden team. Community members are able to borrow seeds from the library, grow out the plants, then harvest seed to donate back to the library next season. Volunteers are always needed to help fold and fill seed packets for the library.
Nillumbik Repair Cafe is a partnership between SHIFT, the Edible Hub, and members of the Women’s Leadership and Connections Program. It’s a place you can bring broken items to receive a new lease on life, diverting them from landfill and helping create a circular economy.