The Coombabah Community Garden was established in the south west corner of the Coombabah State Primary School in 2011/12 and now contains over 25 communal garden beds and a greenhouse nursery.
We do not offer garden beds for each person. We all tend each and any of the gardens and we all enjoy the harvest of the produce. Cost of membership is $20.00 one year or part thereof.
The purpose of the garden is to create a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs also to make new and lasting friendships.
Our garden is a natural living environment connecting people with nature, seasons and the life cycles of different plants. We think it is beautiful, practical and usable. We love to plant different vegetables and we have many interesting discussions on how to prepare and cook. We enjoy holding some of our meetings at the garden where we prepare, cook and eat some of the produce for lunch.
Our garden is not certified organic however we do not use chemical sprays. All soil, mulch and compost is sourced locally or made up by us. We are extremely careful of how the crops are cared for.
People: We enjoy talking about how we can bring our Community together, it is a way to help people get to know their neighbours and to make new friendships. We look to members for their skills and knowledge about gardening and perhaps some knowledge and ability to manage the workings of the garden.
Digging, mulching, planting, composting farming, assembling...are all part of the physical side of gardening. But what about the other side of This Garden, managing people, group dynamics, talking to the neighbourhood, getting new equipment/soil etc.
Finding partners and sponsors, attending expos. Functions to promote the garden and the work we do in the community e.g. attending Kindy’s to demonstrate making pots and planting seeds etc.
Holding Bunnings BBQs when possible to raise money for seeds etc.
All of this is to ensure that the end product is an absolute pleasure.
We have a Management Committee of:
President: Joan Norman.
Vice President: Miriam Decolle
Treasurer: Nina Kitkivics.
Secretary: Mark Stevenson
Secretary: Mark Stevenson
Members: We have 20 paid up members and lots of interest.
If you are interested in joining the garden please contact the President - Joan Norman on phone(07) 5577 3949 or [email protected] PO Box 1219 Runaway Bay. 4216 or visit the website or join us on Facebook.
Recognition of support and our very sincere thanks to:
Coombabah State Primary School administration.
Bendigo Bank – Paradise Point
Flannerys Natural and Organic Store – Paradise Point.
Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton. Gold Coast City Council Division 3.
Inkspot - Lawrence Drive, Nerang.