Joy of the Earth Community Garden
When Frankston City Council sought expressions of interest on the future of two disused tennis courts, some passionate members of the community came together with the Rotary Club of Frankston and the Joy of the Earth Community Garden was born.
How it began
The partnership began in March 2012 and members of the Rotary Club of Frankston have supported the project in a variety of ways since then.
Rotarians have provided valuable resources including earth working machinery and contacts who have donated soil and seedlings. Experienced gardeners in Rotary worked with a new generation of gardeners and by November 2012, twenty garden beds were ready for Spring planting.
The garden grows
With assistance from a local church youth group and football club, a disability ramp was built to provide access and subsequently through participation in the "Rotarians and Friends at Work" initiative, another twenty beds were constructed.
Recently the we've added a multi-purpose rotunda.
A space to share
The garden is now used for a range of activities.
In February 2013, with assistance from Rotary, a Sustainability Festival was held. A Spring Equinox Garden Party was also held in September the same year.
Members of the community run a weekly program for children from the adjacent preschools who enjoy the hands-on learning experience the garden provides.
This once derelict area has become an inspirational place of sharing and growing. It continues to evolve and will provide the community with a meeting place for generations to come.