Community Projects

Our community projects provide neighbourhoods with access to healthy, affordable food. Community members learn to grow and cook produce from the garden, and enjoy the benefits of a nutritious diet. Our garden-based social enterprises offer volunteering opportunities and work placements.

The gardens offer neighbourhoods with limited green space a beautiful place for children and adults to safely play and learn.

Botanical Institute, Tasmania

Our base camp and HQ in the heart of Bridgewater. A 2.4ha market garden, community event space and home to our emerging suite of Social Enterprises: The Beauty Lab (currently under construction) and Clay Studio, with a Commercial Kitchen and Cafe in the works (completion planned for early 2023).

Bond Place, Tasmania

A community garden in the heart of Gagebrook, Brighton. Established in 2018 as part of Public Kitchen, a collaboration with the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI). The garden features raised wicking beds, an orchard, a fourteen metre long ‘Living Table’ designed by Pete Mattila and Kirsha Kaechele, and a timber shelter structure designed by students from the school of architecture and design, UTAS. 

We hold fortnightly gatherings at Bond Place with a communal meal, plus workshops (for young and old) in ceramics, gardening and art.

New Orleans

24 Carrot Garden provides youth gardening programs and fresh, pesticide-free produce to the Material Institute New Orleans campus and local community. Participants learn Louisiana ecology, sustainable gardening practices, healthy cooking techniques, how to raise healthy and happy chickens and bees, and ways to express their creativity with plants.

Find out more about 24 carrot Garden NoLa here.

Education

Our talented team host school groups for gardening classes and special workshops. Classes are tailored to the interests of the learners with a focus on life long skills leading to employment opportunities. Our workshops cover plant propagation, cooking, preserving, fermenting, composting, ceramics, natural fabric dying, motorbike mechanics, beauty and soap.

Community engagement

Community engagement and connection is fostered through a range of events held in the gardens. The gardens are the social hub of the neighbourhood—a place where residents come to share space, learn, and play.

Volunteering

We are always on the lookout for passionate volunteers to work with our garden teachers and project managers. Please fill out this form if you are interested in getting involved – we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer Application Form >

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