Find out about the new Permaculture Hawkesbury Valley Community Garden at grand opening and open day

Permaculture Hawkesbury Valley Community Garden is holding its grand opening on Sunday, September 22 on the grounds of Australiana Pioneer Village at Wilberforce, and the community is invited to join in the fun.

The permaculture garden is home to local bartering community Veggie Barter Australia, and includes an education cottage where members can learn to get the most out of their gardens.

The education cottage will throw open its doors for the day of the grand opening and community members can attend free workshops on making sourdough, composting, fermenting, rag rug-making (making a rug out of old t-shirts to stop them going to landfill), herbal salve-making, and making wicking beds.

There will also be a free class for kids on making a 'bug hotel' for solitary bees and other pollinators to take up residence in your garden, as well as seed planting activities, a sausage sizzle and cake, and Hawkesbury Veggie Barter will host a trade swap meet.

Kirsty Berte, founder of Hawkesbury Veggie Barter, said the Open Day would be a "great family day out" where attendees could see what the community garden had to offer, learn some new skills, and get the kids involved in permaculture gardening.

"[Attendees will be able to] participate in the Hawkesbury Veggie Barter Trade Meet, which is a cashless market where participants bring along homegrown, homemade or home baked goodies to barter and trade with each other - for example, trade a dozen cupcakes for a jar of honey," Ms Berte said.

The Open Day is at 10 Rose Street, Wilberforce. Entry is $5 for adults, $3 for children (children under five are free) and $15 for families, and entry includes access to the Australiana Pioneer Village.

Visit the event page on Facebook for the full schedule of activities, at