Ballam-Ballam Community Garden

Do you love to garden? CNLC has a beautiful community garden where people can harvest fresh organic produce, learn more about gardening or potter away in our Carlton oasis as a volunteer. Visit our resident chooks or volunteer to help look after them. Get your first introduction to the garden by meeting Michelle our gardener on Wednesdays or Thursdays 9am to 5pm — or come along to our open gardening days on the first Saturday of the month. On occasion we provide a community lunch.

To see our upcoming community garden workshops see here.

CNLC Community Compost Hub

After a long period of closure to prioritise the safety of our community, we are happy to finally announce the re-opening of our Compost Hub. You are now welcome once again to deposit your food scraps at CNLC to save it going to landfill and so we can sprinkle compost in gardens across Carlton.

You can drop off your food scraps to CNLC’s compost hub and help reduce our community’s food waste going to landfill. Get involved to meet your local neighbours while doing a key thing to help our environment. Register directly below or lodge your interest with You will receive a fridge magnet which is a guide as to what we accept in our compost system and information on how to access our 7 days a week, 24 hours a day food scraps deposit bin. We sell compost and vegetable seedlings when available. Check the website for more information or come in and ask how you can get involved in the recycling revolution.

In order to support the safe reopen of our compost hub and maintain a COVID-Safe environment at CNLC, please follow these new procedures here

Thank you for your efforts to keep our community safe.

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Why compost?

We all want to help the environment, and composting your food scraps is a great way to reduce waste. Food scraps makes up 40% of our bin waste going to landfill. By composting, this becomes a valuable organic material that enriches soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilisers and supports healthy gardens to grow delicious fruit and veggies. Most importantly, it prevents organic waste from ending up in landfill – this reduces harmful methane emissions, the waste of scarce land and protects our environment while addressing climate change pollution.

How can I be involved? It’s easy!

Find our Registration Form here. Feel free to email for more information in how you can get involved in the recycling revolution. This way, we can let you know news about the hub & community events for the Balam-Balam community garden.

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Community Gardening Days

Including workshops, facilitated activities & getting your hands dirty, help us to look after Carlton North. Email to be included in notices about the garden activities or to find out how you can volunteer.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Day: First Saturday of each month (starting 6 February)

Cost: Free


E-Waste Recycling

Drop off your e-waste on our front veranda community recycling depot open during office hours. We take your old mobile phones, cords, keyboards, light bulbs, batteries and more. Help us to help you reduce our waste going in to landfill and overusing our precious resources. We work with City of Yarra to get your items recycled.

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Carlton Cluckers

The CNLC community enjoys the company of our lovely chickens. They are looked after with care by volunteers to make sure they are well fed and happy. If you would like to volunteer to do a shift once a week please contact

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