Our Site – A Sense of Place
The 7.4 hectare site at 711 Old Warburton Rd, Wesburn, a poultry farm in a previous life, is a lovely rural and bush landscape setting. There are some great established heritage gardens, substantial buildings including an old farm house, and the frames of two massive chicken sheds. There is huge potential and opportunity for creative development of this site. For the first couple of years working groups and volunteers worked tirelessly to clean up the site and renovate the old farm house for use as the interim site-centre. Already many hundreds of hours of volunteer time have been put into maintenance and preparation of the old farm house, turning weedy grass into lawns and establishing demonstration gardens. Recently Yarra Ranges Council upgraded the existing toilets and have built us a beautiful new wheelchair accessible toilet.
Our ECOSS owned enterprises include our Organic Nursery. We deliver direct to the public via our Shop – open Tuesdays- Thursdays 9.30am-4pm. Our nurseries grow to order for the public. Currently we have lots of Organically grown Native Seedlings that need to move to their new home, so please come and choose what you would like for your garden. Also on site we have an exciting Natural Building Centre. Currently several Tiny Homes under construction via co-locators Tiny Homes to Go. We have some hempcrete and straw bale demonstration walls made by the Natural Building Workshop participants. There is also some Bengali Rocket Fuel stove demonstrations amongst the beautiful gathering areas. https://www.facebook.com/naturalbuildingworkshops/
We have a beautiful dam recently the terrestrial area has been revegetated, and soon we will revegetate the aquatic are with school groups. We have built a frog bog- with some financial support from Upper Yarra Garden Club. This is being maintained- and fence being constructed by Cire school year 7 group. Sivertyne Bio-Dynamic Market Garden has deer fenced and created a beautiful nourished garden down the back of the site. Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley are building a community Pottery studio in one of the chicken sheds. The Coop is our classroom in one of the chicken sheds. Eastern health Indigenous groups have built our Indigenous Reconciliation Conversation Fire Pit, and have begun our Koori Cubby. Many schools- mostly Healesville High School have built our Earthbag Cubby. Artists Sioux Dollman and other community members built our wonderful Pizza oven.
We host a large community garden, managed by our volunteers. We collect the Vipassana Centre compost and turn it into goodness for our garden. We have a heritage fruit tree orchard in with our chooks- who are old varieties of chooks. We have a native nursery and polytunnel, and 2 large edibles polytunnels. We have a Village Green, great for festivals etc… We have a Native Mexican Traditional Sweat Lodge down the back. We have an earthgoddess We have some Environmental groups co-locating with us at the moment including Warburton Environment, Upper Yarra Landcare and Beans and Bananas food Coop, and Plastic Bag Free Warburton, creating our environment hub.