Joe’s Market Garden Volunteering

Volunteer Position Description

Background:

Joe’s Market Garden is two and a half acres of vegetable growing heaven, 2kms North of CERES on the bike path. These rich soils have been farmed for over 50,000 firstly by the Wurundjeri-Willam. Yam daisies, eels, possums, shell fish, wallaby and emu were abundant in the area. In the late 1800s Chinese migrants utilized these rich soils to produce vegetables for Melbourne’s growing migrant colonies. By 1945 the farm was bought by Joe Garita and his family. In 2003 Joe Garita progressively handed it over to CERES who has since turned it into a training ground for those wishing to get an insight into the nuts and bolts of running a market garden. Joe’s Market Garden currently sells to CERES Fair Food, CERES Market and other local organic retailers. Each Saturday we sell our produce direct to the community from 9 – 1.

Address: 34 Edna Grove Coburg (not at the Brunswick CERES site)

Supervisor: Emily Connors                                 

Team Co-ordinator: Emily Connors

Objectives:

To act as a training ground for large scale organic market gardening

To nurture and maintain the Italian cultural heritage connected with this garden.

To make the market garden financially self-sufficient

Create a space for the community to gather and be inspired to connect to their food system and perhaps consider farming as a viable employment opportunity in the future

To continue to pass on the cultural history of this land

 Specific Tasks & Duties may include:

  • Soil preparation
  • Planting
  • Irrigation and Fertilization
  • Weeding and pest control
  • Harvesting
  • Crop Planning
  • Composting & Compost Tea Making
  • Working on the till (only on Saturdays)
  • Displaying produce (only on Saturdays)
  • Passing on the Joe’s Garden story to customers (Only on Saturdays) 

Benefits:

  • Friendship, knowledge and a connection with the good earth
  • Peaceful, purposeful work in a beautiful setting
  • A strong back and a tan
  • Some lovely organic produce to take home

Training:

 On the job

Times / Days: 

Flexible: Wednesdays, Saturdays

Commitment Required:   

One day per week

 Skills / Experience / Qualities Needed:

  • physically able
  • a love of nature
  • should like getting hands dirty

This position would suit…

Anyone needing a peaceful, purposeful escape from an over busy world.  Also would-be gardeners, permaculturalists, food activists with a strong interest in Urban Community Supported Agriculture and a sustainable food system.