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The campus organic garden

The Sustainability Learning Community Organic Garden was started in 2006 by a group of ANU students and staff.

The garden aims to foster a sense of community amongst participants while offering a creative and relaxing space on campus. It also provides opportunities for hands-on interdisciplinary educational experiences and acts as a living laboratory for student projects. The ideal of "learning through teaching" is embraced by the garden, where we believe that everyone has their own valuable insights into the project.

It employs the principles of organic gardening and permaculture and makes use of composting materials from the ANU campus. These are sourced from landscaping and garden materials and food scraps from campus cafes and residence halls.

The garden now boasts multiple vegetable plots, an herb garden, a small orchard, a compost heap, a berry patch, an edible natives bed, a garden shed, an enclosed chicken coup and a wood fired pizza oven. Read about the development of the garden over the years in the Garden Diary.

Where is the garden?

The SLC garden is located on the ANU campus next to the Canberra Environment Centre at the junction between Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing on Acton Peninsula, near the International Sculpture Park and the National Museum of Australia.

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Get your hands dirty!

Interested in getting involved in the garden? Come along to regular working bees in the garden. Working bees are held Tuesdays from 4-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm. All are welcome.

To be notified of upcoming events join the SLC Garden mailing list or find the ANU SLC Organic Garden on Facebook.

No gardening experience necessary! There is always something to be done and we appreciate new ideas and enthusiasm!

Harvesting the SLC garden
Variations of planting in the SLC garden

Updated:  23 April 2013/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology