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Gardening and Healthy Eating Programs

There are many gardening and healthy eating programs operating in Charles Sturt, from cooking and gardening programs in community centres, to mobile cooking demonstrations, to education programs in Community Gardens. Each of these programs have diverse objectives, and are targeted at diverse interests and diverse needs, but in their own way, they help us all to better understand how the food we eat makes its way from seeds in the ground to the meal on our dinner plate.

Community Centre gardening programs

Our five Community Centres and one Neighbourhood Centre regularly hold gardening and healthy eating related programs. As these programs are updated regularly, we encourage you to keep checking back at the Centres’ Timetable of Activities and Programs, or to contact your local Centre.

Community Centres


The Big Cook Up For Men – Bower Cottages Community CentreA series of 8 cooking workshops covering nutrition and handy hints, the Big Cook Up for Men is ideal for those men with little or no experience in cooking. Participants join a group of like-minded men, learning how to cook affordable and nutritious meals and then enjoying a relaxed, social meal together.

Magic Harvest Program – Bower Cottages Community Centre
The Magic Harvest program involves a group of people coming together to enjoy growing and cooking their own food. Participants learn step by step how to grow and use fresh food from their garden in a series of cooking workshops.

Garden Plot to Plate – Seaton North Neighbourhood Centre
Starting off as a Magic Harvest group, ‘Garden Plot to Plate’ found a home at SNNC and has evolved in to an organic gardening and cooking group. Members meet every second Monday of the month to share their learnings about gardening and cooking and enjoy ‘passing on’ their knowledge to the wider community.

Once a month gardening workshops – Findon Community Centre
Learn tips, tricks and new gardening skills in a workshop format.

Gardening on a Budget – Bower Cottages Community Centre
A group that meets once a month to share cost-effective gardening solutions.

Cheltenham Community Garden – Cheltenham Community Centre
The Cheltenham Community Development Officer is seeking expressions of interest from residents interested in establishing or helping to maintain a community garden at the Cheltenham Community Centre.

The Herb Society of South Australia

The Herb Society of South Australia is a group that is open to all people interested in herbs and their uses. Everyone is welcome to join, attend meetings, become involved with specific groups such as the 'Seed Savers', specialise in specific plants, such as salvias, help with their garden maintenance programs at various gardens, and attend their Tagalong tours throughout the state.

Herb Society of SA

The Herb Society runs several programs in Charles Sturt, including:

  • Herb & Salvia Garden – Findon Community Centre
  • Seed Savers – Findon Community Centre
  • Herb Society Sensory Garden – Toogood Ave, Beverley (contact the Herb Society of SA for details).

Community Fruit and Vege Swaps

In January 2008, local residents in the Charles Sturt council area initiated a local "Community Fruit & Vege Swap" which brings together neighbours to share the abundance of their gardens as well as their ideas, knowledge, skills and good company.

For information on existing Fruit and Vege Swaps, or to start your own:

Community Fruit & Vege Swaps

Community Garden programs

Charles Sturt’s two community-run community gardens – the Brompton Community Garden and the Henley Community Garden – often run programs and open days for non-members to come and try and to learn new skills. For more information, please contact the Community Gardens directly.

Community Gardens contact details