The Visitor Centre has a few critters on display, like Bob the Turtle, Spiny Leaf insects, a Bee display and this Blue Tongue Lizard duo enjoying a solarium.
We'd arrived early and had the opportunity to explore the grounds on our own, starting with the Indigenous Plant Nursery.
The farm promotes sustainable land practices and holds gardening workshops, as well as community events like the Practically Green Festival in October and the Home Harvest Feastival in February.
The historic homestead on site, built in 1896, was closed at the time of our visit, but there are some interior images here.
Artworks on the walls, made from recycled materials, depict the beautiful Eltham Copper Butterfly and its amazing relationship with ants.
...Taffy the Jersey Calf...
Pilgrim Geese honked and hissed hello as we walked by...
...and feather-footed Belgian D'Uccles bantams with names like Fluffy Pants strutted their stuff around the chicken enclosure.
What:Edendale Community Farm
Where: 30 Gastons Rd, Eltham
When: Daily 9:30-4:30
Why: environment, farm
How much: FREE to walk around (gold coin donation welcomed)
Nearby: Montsalvat, Eltham