Byron Shire Council recognises community gardens as legitimate social assets that enhance local food security. Council is committed to the promotion, development and management of community gardens across the Shire in accordance with best practice guidelines. The Byron Shire Community Gardens Policy(PDF, 945KB) aims to facilitate the establishment of new community gardens and regulate the management of existing community gardens on Council owned land.
Mullumbimby Community Garden
Mullumbimby Community Garden (MCG) is located on 2ha of Council land at the southern end of Stuart Street, Mullumbimby. The Garden is an interactive facility that integrates principles of organic gardening, composting, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling and creative art. MCG consists of communal gardens, as well as private allotments where members can harvest their own organic fruit, vegetables and flowers.
See the Mullumbimby Community Garden website to join or for more information.
Ocean Shores (Shara) Community Garden
Ocean Shoes (Shara) Community Gardens is located on 1,600m2 of Council land adjoining Shara Boulevarde in North Ocean Shores. The communal garden will include veggie beds, fruit and nut tree orchards, shade structures, compost bays and water tanks.
Visit the Ocean Shores (Shara) Community Gardens website to get involved.
Residents can plant edible species on the nature strip immediately adjoining their property in accordance Policy 4.16 ‘Planting and Landscaping on Footpaths and Nature Strips within Road Reserves and Drainage Easements’(PDF, 223KB) . Residents who grow edible species in public spaces acknowledge that the planting has been conducted on public land and therefore no private ownership rights exist. Plantings must be maintained and not interfere with pedestrian thoroughfare or street drainage.
One of the joys of living in or visiting in the Northern Rivers is consistent access to local markets. Each one has its own distinctive charm.
Weekly Farmers Markets
Monthly Arts, Crafts and Food Markets
Our farms produce macadamias, avocados, bananas, coffee, pork, vegetables, bush foods, dairy, flowers and much much more. Many of the farmers have developed 'vale-add' models that see them grow, produce and market all from the Byron Shire. Some of these local producers are now iconic brands, bringing the flavour of Byron to the rest of the world. Byron region food and beverage handbook(PDF, 13MB)
Most of our produce is sold into the region via the unique farm-side stalls, farmers' markets, restaurants and retail outlets. The farmers' markets are attractions for locals and visitors alike, where they can buy tomatoes and corn picked that morning, taste the latest cheese, kombucha, herbs and blueberries; and chat to the producers while sipping new coffee blends or a locally produced tumeric latte.
Local producers are also leaders in managing the soil and biodiversity. There is a plethora of organic and zero-chemical producers ensuring that bees and other fauna are protected. Farmers in the Byron Shire understand their role as stewards of the land for future generations
The Byron Shire Food Production on Public Land Project, located at the circular garden bed surrounding the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby, is an ongoing trial demonstrating the compatibility of managing edible species on Council-managed, public open space.
The garden serves as a sustainability education model to promote sustainable living.
Both Council staff and community members are encouraged to interact with the garden to foster a sense of shared management and responsibility. On-going maintenance is achieved through an innovative Council/community based partnership with harvested produce made available to anyone in the community.