Indoor plants are having a moment right now, but as much as we love our fiddle leaf figs and our philodendrons, some plants need to live outside if you want them to thrive. Plus, growing a garden outside means you can start your own veggie patch, and harvest the fruit of your labour - literally. But when it comes down to it, outdoor gardens require a lot more effort than their indoor counterparts, and frankly, we don’t have the time. Or the space.
Enter community gardens (or ‘social farms’ as we like to call them, because it sounds far more sophisticated). These gardens allow you to secure your own plot and plant what you like, while getting advice from experienced growers and fellow plant parents. Trust us—your thumb will be greener in no time. Check out our top picks for the best social farms around Perth, and see what you can do to get involved.
North Fremantle Social Farm
Having just celebrated their first birthday, the North Fremantle Social Farm is relatively new to the social-farm scene, but if their produce is anything to go by, they seem to have got the hang of things pretty fast. Memberships clock in at $250 a year, with deals for families and concession card holders, but don’t let the price put you off. Membership scores you plenty of freebies, including free produce, discounts from local businesses, and access to onsite composting. Not a bad deal, if you ask us.
North Perth Community Garden
If you’re looking to garden on a budget, pay a visit to the North Perth Community Garden. Membership costs just $20, with further costs incurred only if you’re interested in securing a plot. Becoming a member gives you access to the orchard and the frog pond, but if you’re looking to grow your own veggies and propagate plants in the greenhouse, you’ll have to look at leasing a communal or individual plot.
Perth City Farm
With 26 years of urban farming under their belt, the team at Perth City Farm are veterans of the community garden game. Housed on a site formerly used as an engineering workshop, the garden grew out of a desire to transform what was once a toxic wasteland into a thriving cultural hub for the community. At Perth City Farm, members work to earn their keep by volunteering, with expenses covered by donations from the community. If you’re time-rich but cash-poor, this is the farm for you.
FERN Community Garden
The FERN Community Garden is all about striving for environmental sustainability by getting your hands dirty. The team behind FERN, a.k.a. the Fremantle Environmental Resource Network, reuses produce that would otherwise be thrown out to support the community the best way they know how—with great tasting food. Of course, they also grow their own fruit and veg on-site, so if you’re interested in getting involved, head to their Facebook page for more info.
McDougal Community Garden
The McDougal Community Garden aims to foster a love of gardening in people of all ages, and overcome generational boundaries by getting your hands dirty. Gardening materials and recipes are shared within the group so that everyone can make the most of their social farming experience. Individual and family memberships are both $50, so round up the rugrats and get them involved, too.
Earthwise Community Garden
If you’re passionate about gardening but lack the confidence to get started, head on down to Earthwise Community Garden. The community behind Earthwise are friendly, welcoming, and always on the lookout for new volunteers. They’re also passionate about sustainable living practices, so they’ve got the green light from us.
Joondanna Community Garden
Get the whole family involved in social farming with a $25 family membership to the Joondanna Community Garden. An annual membership provides access to the communal garden plots, or you can score yourself an individual allotment for an extra fee. The community at Joondanna has a passion for sustainable living, so prepare to learn some tips and tricks on waste minimisation and management as well as water conservation.
West Leederville Community Garden
The West Leederville Community Garden has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2007. Their site is packed with resources to guide you on your gardening journey, and they offer garden memberships for just $30. Prices go up if you’re looking at maintaining your own plot, so check their site for full details.
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