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Buckley Park Community Farm to open with picnic celebration

 

• Bev and Marg are pictured tending to the very prolific veggies in the Buckley Park Community Farm which officially opens on March 10.

THE Fish Creek Community Garden Inc is proud to invite everyone to the official opening of the Buckley Park Community Farm on Friday March 10 from 4pm to 6pm.

What was untilled earth just eight months ago has become a lush and prolific vegetable and herb garden, thanks to a dedicated group of people who shared a vision of creating a place where quality produce could be grown using organic principles.

The youngest member of the group is just two years of age and the oldest is Graeme a ‘gun’ waterer and digger who is 89 years young.

“It’s fantastic that we don’t need to have all the skills, as everyone pitches in. It means that we can each work at our own pace, regardless of our individual level of fitness,” said Bev.

Membership costs just $20 per year. Members can spend as much time as they wish on tending the garden – whether it be digging, planting, weeding etc, and they have the option of purchasing a ‘mystery box’ of produce for $10 or $20 depending upon the size, of whatever is available at the time. Members often donate items for inclusion, so there is often an added surprise element to what is in the box!

The farm has been set up very economically and those attending the opening will have the opportunity to learn more than a few tips on how they can create their own productive produce garden or small-scale farm at minimal cost.

Flowering plants are interspersed amongst the vegetables and herbs following companion planting principles and this also has the added benefit of attracting bees to the farm.

Margaret said it has been exciting working on the community farm and seeing it develop to the stage where she and fellow members are ready to share its story and its beauty.

The opening event will be a in the form of a relaxed picnic, so BYO food and drinks for an evening in good company. Tea and coffee will be provided at a cost. Entry is free.

It will be a very family-friendly event with activities organised for the whole family, including donkey cart rides, kite flying, quoits, labyrinth, bees, story telling and lots more.

Buckley Park is located at 1813 Meeniyan-Promontory Road, Fish Creek, (next door to the Celia Rosser Gallery).

The group is very welcoming of new members and anyone with an interest in joining can phone Juneen on 0427 809 509 or Marg on 0488 592 725 for further information.

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