ErinEarth is a local Wagga community organisation active in caring for this beautiful planet. We are a registered not-for-profit charity with a mix of paid staff and volunteers. Located within a half hectare native garden at 1 Kildare Street, Wagga Wagga, ErinEarth sits on Wiradjuri country.
Twenty-five years ago, our site was two asphalt tennis courts and a dumping ground for the nearby school. It is now a thriving hub of biodiversity and a meeting place for many in our local community.
ErinEarth was begun by the Presentation Sisters, Wagga Wagga. It is now an independent company overseen by a Board of Directors from the community.
Our garden is a model of what can be done and grown in our local area, with a particular emphasis on supporting biodiversity and helping life flourish. Our office building was designed and built with environmentally minded features including passive heating and cooling as well as solar hot water and power generation. A solar pump takes water from our onsite dam and sends it to a drip irrigation system.
Our goal is to promote the importance of the connections between people, land, water, sky, plants and animals. These parts make up the community of life that sustains us.
We do this by:
- Being mindful of the powerful connection Wiradjuri culture has to this place. We seek to respect this culture and act accordingly.
- Running a volunteer garden maintenance program every Thursday during school term. This program is open to everybody, providing a welcoming, supporting place for all.
- Opening our garden each Wednesday for the community to wander, kids to play in our play area and for quiet contemplation.
- Supporting a local environmental education network made up of early childhood centres, pre-school, primary and secondary schools, community education providers, and Charles Sturt University. ErinEarth staff help convene the network, visit schools and support teachers with lessons and facilitate visits to the Erin Earth garden.
- Engaging with our local community by holding information sessions at various locations and offering four family fun days each year to show the changing beauty through the seasons.
- Maintaining a website, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram presence to keep our community up to date, providing suggestions on how to act in environmentally friendly ways.
- Having volunteer spirituality and sustainability committees that guide ErinEarth.
- Using environmentally friendly approaches in our garden such as native plant selection, heavy mulching, drip irrigation, on site management of waste via compost, minimal use of pesticides and herbicides, natural fertilisers such as compost and horse manure, among many others. The garden is mostly native plants with a few hardy introduced species, a vegetable garden, small orchard and chook run, plus areas for kids to explore and play. We aim to give ideas for developing your own garden.