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Miranda Community Garden (or the MCG)
The Miranda Community Garden was started in early 2010 on a block of land adjacent to and owned by the Gymea Miranda Uniting Church. The aims of the Miranda Community Garden (MCG) are: to connect with people of similar interests; to share gardening knowledge and ideas; to have fun and help each other; and, last but not least, to grow fresh vegetables, fruit, etc in a sustainable way. The concept is for a true Community Garden in which members share gardening, maintenance and produce. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. At present we have about 30 enthusiastic members, the majority from outside the church congregation. Membership fees are currently $30 per year – concessional rates may apply. To date about 20 garden beds have been started with more planned. We have harvested lots of vegetables to date including beans, spinach, potatoes, corn, tomatoes and lots more. Also we have installed a rainwater tank, garden edging, paths and new compost bins. Gardening takes place every Saturday and Wednesday morning commencing at about 9 am. All interested people are invited to get involved. Enquiries welcome - please phone either Brian on 0421 868 030 or Marise on 9526.7920.


Community Development Symposium Presentation
The Miranda Community Garden made a presentation at the Community Development Symposium held at Centenary Uniting Church in North Parramatta on June 20. A copy of our PowerPoint slides follows: Click here (PDF 4.4Mg)


Grants. The Miranda Community Garden gratefully acknowledges various grants that have been received over the years to help establish and improve the garden. Grants have been received from:

  • Second Chance (an outreach of the Gymea-Miranda Uniting Church) for $2000 in 2010;
  • Uniting Church New Missional Gatherings Seed Fund ($5000 in 2010)
  • Sutherland Shire Council Annual Community and Arts Grants Program ($3080 in 2013, $7540 plus GST in 2014 and $5947 in 2016).
  • In addition the Garden gratefully acknowledges the kind annual donations by Bunnings (Caringbah) of equipment and supplies to support the Garden.
Miranda Community Garden

Some members of the Miranda Community Garden accepting a grant from Sutherland Shire Councillor Tom Croucher. The grant from the Sutherland Council Community Services Program was presented on Tuesday 19 February 2013.
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Miranda Community Garden

The Miranda Community Garden has been successful in obtaining a grant of $7540 from Sutherland Shire Council's Annual Community Services and Arts Grant Program. The grant will be used to enhance community engagement in the Miranda Community Garden by providing a garden shed, raised garden beds and to improve our irrigation system. The raised garden beds make the garden more suitable for use by older people and people with disabilities. Councillor Tracey Cook visited the Garden on 11 February 2014 to present a cheque to the garden. Pictured at the garden are, left to right: Marise Myers, Alan Myers, Sally Peterson, Craig Hall, Councillor Tracey Cook, Judy Morris, Iain Minto and Joan Collins. Click on the image for a larger version


Cook Community Classic 2015. The Miranda Community Garden participated in the Cook Community Classic at Cronulla in November 2015. Some photos of our stall follow.
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Cook Community Classic 2015
Cook Community Classic 2015

New Recipes of the Month: April 2016

Recipe 1
Potato and Cabbage Bake


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Recipe 2
Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry


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Recipe 3
Aubergine Parmigiana
(Melanzane alla Parmigiana)y

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Recipe 4
Easy Rhubarb Custard Cake


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Kare4Kidz. Our newest initiative is introducing children from the Kare4Kids Kindergarten to our garden. The children and their carers come each fortnight to learn how to plant and care for seeds and plants. Photographs of the children in their protective gear, happily using small coloured planting bins follow.

Kare4Kidz
Kare4Kidz
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Kare4Kidz
Kare4Kidz
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Kare4Kidz

Dr Miriam Pepper of Uniting Earthweb brings us a story about the Gymea Miranda Uniting Church community garden.

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Miranda Community Garden
Miranda Community Garden

Miranda Community Garden
Miranda Community Garden
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MCC Garden

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Miranda Community Garden
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Miranda Community Garden

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Miranda Community Garden

Miranda Community Garden
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Miranda Community Garden

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Miranda Community Garden
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Miranda Community Garden
Miranda Community Garden

Miranda Community Garden
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Community Garden

The Hon Graham Annesley MP visited the Miranda Community Garden on Saturday 19 May 2012. Pictured at the garden are, left to right: The Hon Graham Annesley MP, Denise Patterson, Moira Gugliotti, Judy Morris, Marise Myers, Valda Patterson, Joan Collins, Craig Hall, Brian Sowerby and Jennifer Lang. Graham Annesley's comments following his visit to the Garden were: "I recently had the pleasure of being shown around the Miranda Community Garden by the dedicated band of volunteers who so lovingly look after it. It's is a wonderful green oasis nestling alongside the Gymea Miranda Uniting Church set amid the bustling Miranda commercial district. The garden is a wonderful opportunity for anyone with a green thumb to get involved, particularly those who may not have a garden of their own."
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