Aside from our high level of education, diversity and inclusivity at La Trobe, we are also renowned for our abundance of greenery and outdoor space. Another addition to the sustainability program is the Community Garden- The Patch. Located at the Bundoora, Albury/Wodonga and Bendigo campuses, this is another way La Trobe aims to reduce the impact on the environment.
Half way through it’s 11th year at the Bundoora campus, The Patch community produces fruits, vegetables, flowers, and friendships. The team is enthusiastic about saving the planet, and have multiple initiatives to do so. They have a compost that continues to grow every day and anyone can contribute to it. There are about 10 core members who attend weekly working bees, this is accompanied by other members who contribute to the development of the program.
This student-run initiative is more than just a bunch of people who care about the environment. The club holds weekly gardening bees during the semester to water, weed, plant and turn the compost. They also host events, such as mushroom workshops, composting workshops, little cook-ups and parties with their own produce, they also attend special events around Melbourne.
The Patch strives for a community feel, and encourages people who come to take some veggies home. The group pride themselves on a sustainable teaching and sharing environment, where learning from one another is encouraged and new ideas are welcome.
The best part about this initiative is that it’s always open, so feel free to pop on over and do your part!
UPCOMING EVENTS at Bundoora campus:
- The official opening of the bushfoods patch in semester 2.
- Annual party towards the end of Semester 2 which will include a live band, snacks, drinks and a bonfire.
- Appearing at O-week with a sign up sheet.