The Edible Warburton Community Garden started in 2012 with local residents banding together to transform a vacant block in the centre of the Warburton Township. Local architect Alvyn Williams who was part of this group developed a concept plan and proposed to Yarra Ranges Council that the block be given over to be used as a community garden.
Initially old apple crates from local orchards were used as raised gardening beds but within a few years these started to deteriorate. In 2016 PYV generously donated $2000 to convert these old apple boxes over to more robust beds made from recycled bricks.
Also in 2016 PYV auspiced a grant from the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank to build a seating area with garden beds using “earthbags” or super adobe construction where long tubular bags are filed with a mixture of sub-soil and cement, and then rendered using sand/cement/lime mix. With additional grant applications to Yarra Ranges Council the group hopes to complete the earth bag construction and rendering in 2017, along with a pathway and courtyard area using recycled bricks.
There are usually a handful of locals in the garden each Saturday morning between 10 am and 12 noon. There is always something to do and anyone can come down and help and pick any vegies or fruits.