Beelarong Community Farm in Morningside Offers Healthier Food Options for the Neighbourhood

Photo Credit: Beelarong Community Farm Facebook

In the corner of Beverly and York Streets in Morningside sits a 4,000 square-meter community farm. Quietly nestled within its urban environment, this farm is open to everybody, particularly to those who want to promote and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle by growing food locally and devoid of any chemicals.

Credit: Beelarong Community Facebook

The Beelarong Community Farm was established in 1994 based on a needs survey which revealed that social isolation is a major problem within the Morningside community. The survey also showed that residents within the Morningside Ward desire friendship and want to become part of social support groups. They also longed for more access to additional parks and gardens.

In 1997, through the help of public officials and community members, the Beelarong Community Farm was started. It has since offered residents the camaraderie they so desire, whilst serving purpose to the community as a whole.

Today, the not-for-profit association thrives through membership and plot rentals for those who want to grow their own provisions.

The farm will welcome new members in March. The month is also brimming with different workshops that teach people to make healthier and more sustainable food.

What’s on at Beelarong Community Farm in March

Credit: Beelarong Community Facebook

The following events are suitable for ages 50 years and over. A walking tour of the farm is already included in each of these workshops. Everyone is advised to wear closed footwear and to bring their own apron.

Chutney workshop

6th March

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Learn how to make a delicious bottled chutney

Cob oven cooking

8th March

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to prepare and cook damper and pumpkin scones in the community farm’s cob oven.

Bonus: How to make lemon butter session will also be conducted

Balinese Cooking

11th March

11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to prepare and cook fragrant and spicy curries, sambals (chilli sauce), noodles and salads.

Thai Curry Paste

25th March

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn how to make a variety of Thai curry pastes from scratch and how to alter the heat to suit the taste.

Planter Pot

26th March

9:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m.

Using natural and recycled hessian, learn how to make an environmentally friendly plant pot useful for herbs, cacti and small flowering plants.

To become a Beelarong Community Farm member, fill out the forms here.

To know more information about the workshops being offered, please click here.