Curly Community Garden Inc is a not-for-profit association that aspires to bring together members of the community to build friendships and grow food organically and sustainably.
Curly Community Garden is not just about growing organic food using sustainable methods.
The vision for the garden is to create an area that is:
Community Focused - where people of all ages, abilities, cultures, races, religions, sexualities and genders are welcome
Environmentally Sustainable - with all produce grown organically and recycled materials used where possible
Educational - promoting learning, individual growth and the development and sharing of new skills
A Friendly, Peaceful, Natural Environment that promotes social interaction, mild physical activity and healthy living
A brief background
On Saturday 15 August 2015, a group of about forty people gathered at the North Curl Curl Community Centre (formerly the Dee Why RSL Bowling Club), on the corner of Griffin and Abbott Roads, to show their support for establishing a community garden in North Curl Curl. At this meeting, a Management Committee was formed to plan this exciting initiative.
There has been a lot of paperwork and a few hard decisions to make - the biggest one being choosing the best location for the garden. After considering a few locations, we decided that the most suitable option was for the garden to be established on the grounds of the North Curl Curl Community Centre (NCC CC).
On Thursday 2 June 2016, the Northern Beaches Council accepted a Draft Concept Plan for NCC CC that included the establishment of a community garden on the western bowling green. The Concept Plan was on public exhibition from Friday 3 June until Friday 1 July 2016 and was subsequently included in the Final Concept Plan for the community centre.
On Tuesday 9 August 2016 (about one year after the initial gathering) the Final Concept Plan for NCC CC was approved by the Northern Beaches - making the establishment of Curly Community Garden become a reality! To make things even better, the garden's application for a start-up grant of $5,000 was approved by Council the same evening!
The garden's first working bee was held on Saturday 12 November 2016. Four large and four small raised garden beds were constructed, filled and planted - as well as a herb spiral. The first AGM was held on Saturday 10 December 2016.
By June 2017 another 19 raised beds and a second shed had been added to the garden and in October, a native bee hive. In July 2017, we were thrilled to receive a Northern Beaches Council Stronger Communities Fund grant to establish a Food Forest at the garden. Work on this project began in November 2017.