Get involved

We're all different and we bring different interests, skills and experience to the garden.
The time we want to spend varies from person to person and it changes over time.
To accommodate these differences we've got lots of ways that you can participate.

You can tell us how you want to be involved on our signup form but here's roughly how it works:

1. Member or Subscriber?

Choose which of these you'd like to be:

Subscriber: Just keep me updated Member: I'd like to get involved
Free! $20 (Concession $10) Eligible concession cards
Stay informed about what’s happening with our group and its gardens and occasionally other things we think you might find interesting. To get involved you first need to become a member of Moreland Community Gardening Inc. and this annual contribution pays for organisational things like insurance and annual reporting.
You need to be a member to participate in any of our gardens, to become an organiser, to be on our Board, help build, care for and improve our gardens and have a say in how our organisation and gardens work.

To join the waiting list for a personal plot, you need to become and remain a member.

For members:

2. Which garden(s)?

If you choose to become a member, you can get involved with none, one or both of our community gardens - West Brunswick and Pentridge.

3. How do you want to get involved?

As a member you can then choose to participate in a range of different ways; these differ for each garden. Each activity has a financial contribution that pays for equipment and supplies.

Communal Gardening: join others growing and harvesting food in the shared communal plots

Personal Plots: look after and harvest a plot of your own and give some of what you grow to others

A note to composters

West Brunswick: If you want to add your greenwaste to our community compost hub, we’d like to be able to contact you if we have any news to share.

Pentridge: If you are not a member, you can contribute your greenwaste when members are at the garden. Members can access the garden any time within daylight hours to add your green waste to our community compost hub.

What does it cost?

To get involved at one of our gardens, you first need to be a member.

Moreland Community Gardening membership costs $20 ($10 concessions) for each individual who is becoming a member. So for a family or a household, each person who plans to be a member needs to pay a membership fee.
  • This cost is payable when you become a member and then each year by 1st July each year.
  • Our membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June.
  • Once you're a member, what you pay for depends on how you want to get involved at each garden.
  • The amount for communal gardening and personal plots varies between gardens.
  • Although membership costs are for individuals, activity costs (such as communal gardening or personal plots) may offer family or household or flat rates

At Pentridge Community Garden, everyone who wants to participate in the garden becomes a Communal Gardener.  In addition, some gardens choose to have a Personal Plot.

Communal Gardening *  Personal Plots *
Annual Cost 1.5m2 4.8m2
Full $50       $30 $80
Concession $25 (or pay what you can) - -
Family $80 - -

At West Brunswick Community Garden, members choose to participate in communal gardening or have a personal plot or both. The personal plot fees include communal gardening.

   Personal Plots *                                    Communal Gardening **
Annual Cost    1m2   2.7m2      5m2       10m2
Full    $25   $50      $65       $100      $40
Concession    $15   $25      $45       $60      $25 or pay what you can

*   Personal Plot fees are pro-rated for the remainder of the year. e.g. if you take on a plot with 6 months to go before renewal then you pay half the annual fee.
** Communal Gardening fees are always the same regardless of what point in the year you join. Personal plot holders can join in communal gardening activities without paying anything extra, your plot fee covers both.

Getting MORE involved

Our gardens and organisation are all run by volunteers. That means we need people to contribute time to make all this happen. If you have more to give, whether you have experience or not there are heaps of other ways you can help:
  • Join a garden Organising Committee: These groups meets for a couple of hours each month plus you'll spend maybe 6-8 hours on average between meetings emailing or organising. Every now and then you'll help organise a Garden & Gather, some fundraising or another kind of activity (workshop, dance, passata day). This group takes care of the development and day-to-day running of the garden. 
  • Each garden has smaller groups to organise and run specific areas or activities, you might like to help (e.g. at West Brunswick you could help plan and organise the communal growing areas including the Food Forest)
  • Join the Moreland Community Gardening Board
If any of these areas are of particular interest contact us.