Welcome to the Randwick Community Organic Garden
 
RCOG is a community of gardeners interested in working towards a sustainable future by growing fresh organic produce and plants, learning about organic gardening and permaculture techniques, sharing skills and knowledge with the local community and cultivating the health of soil, plants, wildlife, people and community.
 
We don't use pesticides or herbicides, we create our own composts and collect our own rainwater. We share the fruits and vegetables of the communal gardens and tend our own plots. 
 
The garden is situated in Paine Reserve, corner Rainbow and Botany Streets, Randwick, Sydney (map).

We have a strong organic gardening community of more than 80 members. Our present motto is: 'He who plants a garden, plants happiness'.

The garden holds its monthly working bee every third Sunday of the month (9 am in winter and in the daylight saving months). Everyone is very welcome to come and give us a hand!

Visit the garden's Facebook group.



Covid-19 RCOG Updates

We are running staggered working bees over a weekend and are run by group leaders. These working bees are open to members and those interested in joining the garden. All attending must adhere to the RCOG guidelines for visitors and members. 
You must lodge your interest in attending a working bee session in advance to ensure we keep number low. Please email or visit our Facebook page for further information. 


RCOG COVID-19 Guidelines for Visitors

Now that isolation restrictions have been loosened non-members can once again visit the garden under the escort of a garden member.

If a member of the public asks a member if they can have a look around the garden the following protocols need to be followed to ensure COVID-19 Safety:


  • The visitor(s) must give their names and contact details to the member, so that the garden can make contact with them to enable contact tracing.

  • The names and contact details must be recorded in the visitor notebook, along with the date and time of their visit. This is located in the shed.

  • Visitors must take down the contact details of the garden (on the front sign and here: coordinator@rcog.org.au) and agree to contact the garden if they or someone they have been in contact with before the visit is diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • The visitors can only be admitted if after they have entered there will be less than 20 people in the garden.

  • The visitors must be escorted by the member.

  • Visitors must treat the garden with respect and any young children closely supervised and any dogs kept under control, on a leash.

  • Visitors and members must remain at least 1.5m apart to maintain social distancing

  • Visitors are to be offered the opportunity to wash their hands after the visit.

  • The member must wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after the visitors have left.

 
 
About Us
 
RCOG is a not-for-profit incorporated association where membership is open to all. RCOG is being created for, and is managed by, the local community.
 
RCOG offers the opportunity for the local community:
  • to access space to grow fresh veggies, herbs and flowers using organic gardening methods while enjoying the benefits of robust, outdoor health
  • to participate in sustainable gardening and creative environments
  • to enjoy the social benefits of community garden membership; meet people from different segments of the community and develop friendships
  • to improve our environment through involvement in a practical project offering simple solutions for environmentally friendly living.

Events
 
RCOG has working bees on the third Sunday of every Month. Working bees are a fun way to get hands on knowledge and experience in organic gardening, meet fellow community gardeners and contribute to a sustainable future of our community.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current NSW Law (and because we want to help flatten that curve) ALL ORDINARY Working Bees and RCOG events are on hiatus until further notice. 
As of June, we are running small staggered working bees. Please email for more information.

Upcoming working bees for 2020:

All working bees run 9am-11am

Sunday 19th January
Sunday 16th February
Sunday 15th March
Sunday 19th April
Sunday 17th May
Sunday 21st June
Sunday 19th July
Sunday 16th August
Sunday 20th September
Sunday 18th October
Sunday 15th November
Sunday 13th December PLEASE NOTE this is NOT the third Sunday of the month as the third Sunday is too close to Christmas!

You can find more about working bees here

Gardener Resources
 
RCOG has a range of information and resources for members and the wider community, including links to helpful websites, planting guides, facts about organic pest management, composting, saving seeds, permaculture, plus recommended reading - all the information and inspiration you need to help you learn about organic gardening.