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A MESSAGE FROM
FOUNDER WARREN AITKEN

" In 2009, I started The Sustainable Gardener. Over the past thirteen years I have been fortunate enough to see the small business I opened with just three people blossom into a much larger enterprise than I ever thought I would see.

 

Thanks to the support from my wonderful customers, this has allowed me to do more of what I originally wanted; to provide meaningful jobs to people living with disabilities.

 

We have now reached the next step in our journey. From 1 July 2022, The Sustainable Gardener has become The Sustainable Gardener Pty Ltd.

 

With this change there have been some changes in how the Sustainable Gardener operates. I have been slowly removing myself from the day to day running of the business. Taking on these roles I’ve put in place a new team:

 

James Wiblin, General Manager –James will replace me in the office handling your questions and attending to business matters.

 

Ronnie Collier, Operations Manager – Ronnie has been with us in this role for over a year. Ronnie will continue to organise and run the crews that do your jobs.  He’ll be pleased to discuss details of your job.

 

Aurelie Weiss, Assistant Operations Manager – Aurelie has moved from being one of our best leading hands into this role. She spends most of her days scheduling your jobs and will always be happy to hear from you if you’d like changes to a job or its timing.

 

Now, this doesn’t mean that you will no longer see me. I remain the owner of the business and have taken on the role of Managing Director.

 

And as Owner and Managing Director I will be around making sure The Sustainable Gardener has done what it always has done, provided top quality garden maintenance while providing opportunities for employment to those living with disabilities."

WHAT'S 
NEW 

We are now installing the Biofilta Foodcube & Foodcube Slim

 

Find out more by visiting our Edible page

Winter Foodcube Special Offer

 

Free onsite consultation to determine positioning and configuration of Foodcubes and a 5% discount on all Foodcube site preparation and installations - ending 31st of August 2022 

Now Stocking

 

The new Biofilta Foodcube Premium ‘Possum Proof’ netting system

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MAINTAIN

We work with you to establish and maintain an aesthetically pleasing garden that enhances your lifestyle.

WE ARE

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE WITH A PASSION FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN CANBERRA

by creating and maintaining beautiful and edible gardens while providing gainful employment & support for people living with

disabilities

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EDIBLE

At The Sustainable Gardener we can create an edible garden and support you in growing delicious and nutritious food at your home.

NDIS SUPPORT

The Sustainable Gardener is pleased to work for NDIS participants. With our increased capacity, we can take on new work for NDIS participants.

As a social enterprise we not only employ people living with disability, some of whom receive NDIS support, but are now increasingly providing household garden maintenance services to others as part of their individual NDIS support plans.

Our intrepid workers now have the opportunity to assist others living with a disability who need help with their gardens.

The financial arrangements with NDIS participants will vary depending on whether they are self-managed or have the assistance of a plan manager. Although the NDIS financial arrangement are complex and so take more time to process, we are prepared to persist and make it work for our NDIS participant customers.

We offer concessions for NDIS clients in the form of waiving the initial consult fee of $150 including GST.

If you are receiving NDIS support or you know someone on NDIS that may need help with their garden, why not get in touch. We would be pleased to assist you.

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SOCIAL

At The Sustainable Gardener we are passionate about our people and the environment

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OUR STORY

Our operation was founded in 2009 by Warren Aitken. Warren holds qualifications in agricultural economics, horticulture, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture.
 
In the past, he has also worked as a disability support worker and he has taken crews of people with disabilities out to do garden maintenance jobs in and around Canberra.
 
Thanks to the support of our valued customers we have grown to the extent of being able to employ 34, of whom 10 live with a disability.

We currently have two fully equipped vans with trailers that enable us to perform all the tasks required in caring for your gardens.

Our workers receive comprehensive on the job training as well as attending specialized courses in first aid, chainsaw and chemical use. They are also encouraged and supported in attaining  CIT Horticulture qualifications and attending less formal courses such as the growing of nutrient dense food run by Phion.