Open Community Gardens

  • Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens 22A Goggs Street Toowoomba City, QLD, 4350 Australia

Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens Association is a not-for-profit organisation promoting natural gardening and farming practices. It started life back in 1982 as the Darling Downs Natural Growers Group. 20 years ago, in 1996, volunteers from the group rallied together to plan and implement the development of the Community Organic Gardens at 22A Goggs Street, a publically accessible reserve set aside by the then Toowoomba City Council.
The gardens aim to demonstrate a sample of various styles of community gardening. Eventually, the concept of satellite community gardens may come alive around the Toowoomba Region, where higher density housing and social isolation seems to be ever increasing for urban residents.
Like any other volunteer endeavour, community gardeners are likely to get out what they put in. Rewards come in the form of not only a regular harvest of fruit and vegetables, but also an increase in social networks and exercise from physical activity. New skills are often gained and knowledge shared between gardeners. The great thing about gardening is that it is impossible to know everything and there are always challenges depending on the environment, season and available resources.
Members choose all kinds of vegetables to grow in individual raised bed or field section hire plots, often swapping harvest items with each other or sharing seeds and ideas. A common seed bank is also in operation.
A wide variety of food plants and companion plants are part of the landscape at TCOG. Shared garden areas include a fruit tree orchard, bush foods project, herb garden and a permaculture project. Once you’ve had a good look around, relax and sample some fruit or freshly baked treats for morning tea.