Welcome to the JCU Cairns Community Garden webpage. Here you will find all the information you need about the garden and how you can get involved.
To stay up to date with what is happening at the garden, including upcoming events, join our Community of Gardeners Facebook page, or sign up to receive our regular ebulletins - email email@example.com to subscribe.
Please note that all visitors to the garden must wear enclosed shoes. BYO hat, long sleeve shirt, sun-screen, insect repellent and water.
Thank you to Djabugay Traditional Owners for giving our garden its language name, ‘Mayi Tjulbin Ma Bugarra'. The name means food and fruits, vegetables, trees and berries from the rainforest and covers all the clans of the Djabugay Nation.
Anyone wishing to become a member of the JCU Cairns Community Garden or volunteer at the garden site must first participate in a Community Garden Induction. The induction is a compulsory briefing session, introducing gardeners to the site including operational requirements and the responsibilities of all garden users.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a time for your induction.
There are many ways that you can get involved in our garden.
Come to an event
We hold regular events at the garden throughout semester time. Come and join us at one of our many workshops, planting days, BBQs, picnics, harvest parties or film nights.
Events at the garden are a great way to meet new people and have fun. Check out the Garden Events Calendar below or our Community of Gardeners Facebook page to find out what's coming up.
Garden at your leisure
Once you have been inducted to the site, you can just come to the garden at any time and garden at your leisure. The induction is a compulsory briefing session for all new volunteers, introducing gardeners to the site including operational requirements and responsibilities. Email email@example.com to book your induction.
Join the Community of Gardeners Club
You can become a member of the Communituy of Gardeners Club, a JCU Student Association affiliated Club. Contact the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Check out our Events Calendar to find out what is happening at the garden. From workshops, to feasts, to community fun days, we have something for everyone.
Or maybe you would like to host your own event at the garden? Contact email@example.com if you would like to organise an event.
Our community garden is located at JCU's Cairns Campus at Smithfield - please see our campus map for exact location.
We are looking for people that are interested in taking on various voluntary leadership roles at the garden. These are important roles that will help you build your skills and networks. We hope that these roles will allow people to be self-organising, building an active membership base around areas of interest and expertise. Example roles include:
Check out our beautiful Community Garden Planting Guide! This has been put together by Jay Jackson, our amazing Garden Coordinator, and informed by past and present students and staff, and members of the Cairns community.
Community garden members can use this diagram to guide their individual and / or group garden activities including sourcing stock, seed collection and propagation, and planting out the garden. The Planting Guide is a living document that will be updated as our community garden evolves.
We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCU Community Garden Working Group
The JCU Cairns Community Garden is governed by the Community Garden Working Group. The purpose of the Working Group is to report and provide recommendations to the Dean of Research Infrastructure, who is responsible for the Environmental Research Complex (ERC) where the garden is located.
The Working Group is comprised of representatives of JCU staff and students as follows:
The Objectives of the Working Group are to:
The James Cook University (JCU) Cairns Community Garden Operational Guidelines provide an overarching guide for the responsible management and use of the Community Garden located at JCU’s Cairns Campus. The Guidelines are a working draft document that will be updated on a regular basis as required.