Christmas Get-Together at the Goody Patch
Thursday 12 December 2019 from 6pm.
Bring a plate – All welcome
What is the Goody Patch?
The Goody Patch is a unique outdoor community garden and learning space that is shared by students and teachers from Goodwood Primary School, their families, gardeners and the local community. The Goody Patch values the diversity of its members and the sharing of knowledge and skills with the aim of promoting sustainability, food security and community connections.
We promote environmental sustainability through food production, organic practices and recycling. We foster artistic expression and a vibrant and open space for people to care for and enjoy.
Location: Corner of Surrey and Hampton Street South, Goodwood, South Australia
Everyone is welcome whether you consider
yourself a gardener or not.
If you would like to meet other locals in your neighbourhood, to let the kids run in the sun, or to pull some weeds, build furniture or create art. This is a community space.
How can you be involved in the Goody Patch Community Garden?
There are four main ways to be involved, choose one or all.
Volunteer on an occasional or regular basis – for example at the monthly Sunday morning “Working Bees” or on alternate Friday mornings at “Cuppa at the Patch”
Plot holder – grow your own patch
For a small annual fee there are a limited number of garden plots available for new community gardeners.
Friend of the Goody Patch – $20
Can’t commit to regular volunteering but want to contribute to a flourishing space in your local community? Become a Friend and join us on celebratory occasions.
The Goody Patch – our history
We began with conversations between like-minded folk in the Goodwood/Forestville neighbourhood. Some of us had kids at Goodwood Primary School, and they worked with School Council to get the OK to go ahead and develop the site. The school owns the land. At that time Unley Council had taken responsibility for its management.
In 2006 the Council brought in a digger and removed the old lawn on a small area in front of the eastern tennis court. Goodwood Locksmiths came and put a lock on the little garden shed. The first working bees were big, they involved covering the whole patch with newspaper and laying down manure & soil. Then we made the fence and the gate. The first crops were brilliant! Later we put in a dripper system.
In 2011 the Goody Patch was supported by the School Council, Unley Council and generous funding from Bendigo Bank to become an expanded Goodwood Primary School and Community Garden. The new, western section includes raised garden beds and a shed. Further successful grants from the Unley Council have resulted in the setting up of an irrigation system, a sensory garden and a water tank.
In 2019 another successful grant application has allowed for funding to purchase and establish a green house. This is an important time in the development of the GP Community Garden in focusing on food security. Work involved in “building” the green house will commence in the second half of 2019 and will rely on the contribution of many volunteers.
You can read more about our grants here.
Our Community Gardeners with lots of options for potted plants