Frequently Asked Questions
As stated in the Curly Community Garden Plan of Management, the objectives of the garden are:
Individual plots are not available. All garden plots are shared (communal) to increase the amount of produce we grow and to encourage interaction between garden members.
The cost of an annual garden membership (1 July to 30 June) is $35 for an individual and $50 for a household, at the discretion of the Management Committee. A small additional fee is charged for payments made by credit card to cover processing costs.
Check out our Membership page for more information about being a member of Curly Community Garden.
Garden working bees are held every Saturday morning from 9:00 to 11:00am (8:30 - 10:30am in summer) and every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00pm.
Weekly Working Bees are held to maintain the garden. They include activities such as compost & worm farm care, planting, mulching, pruning, pest control and weeding. Working bees are also when produce is harvested and shared between the members in attendance. Besides general garden maintenance, the working bees are a great opportunity to socialise with and learn from other garden members.
For more information, check out our Working Bees page.
You are welcome to attend a working bee before deciding whether to join the garden. However, if you want to continue to participate at the garden, you need to become a member. This is so you can be covered under our garden's insurance policy and so we can easily communicate with you.
According to our Member Guidelines, members are encouraged to attend at least 12 working bees a year per year and are welcome to attend as often as they like. However, we also welcome members who can attend less frequently than this or who may be away for extended periods.
Unfortunately, garden maintenance and harvest occurs during the two weekly working bees. At this point, the only other way to get involved between working bees is to join the garden's watering roster. This involves being part of a team of garden members who take turns watering the garden between working bees, generally about once a fortnight.
New members are expected to attend a formal Garden Orientation session, which are held the first Saturday of every month, after the working bee, and periodically during a Wednesday afternoon working bee. However, new members are welcome to participate at working bees before attending an orientation session.
Harvesting takes place during the weekly working bees, with produce shared between those members in attendance.
Unfortunately, we do not grow enough to sell or give away any produce.
The amount of produce you get will vary a lot, depending on the season and how many other members are at the working bee. There are usually a lot of herbs and greens, but other produce is more variable. Unless you don't eat a lot of veggies, you will still need to make a weekly trip to the fruit & veg shop!
Anyone is welcome to participate in the compost program, provided you follow the composting guidelines that are found on the Composting page.
Organic gardening practices have been adopted for all garden beds, including the Food Forest. Only products approved for organic growing are used.
This is because organic gardening:
Organic gardening practices include:
No, the greenhouses and huge shed are part of the Northern Beaches Council's Community Nursery, where native Australian plants are propagated.
Curly Community Garden only comprises the northern half of the bowling green.