In November 2011, Diamond Valley Library in conjunction with Nillumbik Council installed a no-dig garden to the rear of the library. The library garden being a living extension of the library collection for members of the community roam/browse the selection of vegetables, herbs and fruits which are growing at this time of the year.
The Garden of Plenty Community Garden was then established through a Nillumbik Community Grant in 2014 and in the years since we have offered monthly garden talks, community gardening sessions and food swaps. We are part of the Food is Free program and have produce available in the library and also support Diamond Valley Foodshare as a collection point for non-perishable items. The garden is currently used extensively by the local community, our active Italian group and also local disability groups.
In developing our garden to a Kitchen Garden Maker Space we have installed a number of new garden beds with the help of our local Men’s Shed and volunteers. We have joined the successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and plan to offer healthy eating workshops to neighbouring kindergartens, schools and childcare centres using seasonal garden produce. A portable kitchen facility which can be located anywhere in the library will ensure we are able to deliver the concept of pleasurable and healthy food education to our groups.
We are launching out Garden Maker Space on Monday 17 September at 1.00pm. There will be acoustic music by Joel Quinn, the Italian group will plant an olive tree and much more. We would love it if you could join us.