The Network

Community gardens and city farms are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends.

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network connects city farms and community gardens around Australia. It is a community-based organisation linking people interested in city farming and community gardening across Australia.

Aims

The aims of the network include:

  • facilitating the formation and management of community gardens and similar social enterprise by making available information and, where possible, advice
  • promoting the benefits of community gardening and urban agriculture.

Objectives

Within the limits of its capacity, the network will:

  • advocate on behalf of community gardeners
  • provide information on the website that is adequate and accurate
  • provide presentations and advice to local government, other institutions and communities interested in establishing community gardens
  • document the development of community gardening in Australia
  • provide a list of contacts through which the public may contact community gardens.

Structure

The network:

  • maintains this website as a source of information
  • maintains an email distribution list for notification of events and information relevant to community gardeners
  • has contacts in different states
  • is a voluntary organisation providing an information service
  • relies on members and participants to provide information and to organise activities
  • may, in some regions, organise events.

Background

The Australian Community Gardens Network was started by Dr Darren Phillips in 1996.

Darren's idea was to set up an Australia-wide network of people interested in community gardens, city farms, urban agriculture and community education centres.

He organised contact people in different states who could provide information on community gardens and notify enquirers where they could find the gardens. The website now fulfills some of those functions, however there remain contact people who may be able to provide other advice within the limits of time and cost availability.

Successes

Some successes of the Community Gardens Network:

  • publication of the 1996 Australian City Farms, Community Gardens and Enterprise Centres Inventory
  • organisation of a number of community garden open days in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane to bring community gardeners together
  • listing on the City Farmer website, Vancouver, Canada
  • lobbying for the inclusion of White's Creek Community Garden in local government landuse planning
  • liaison with Botany Council for the establishment of a community garden
  • provision of horticultural training to South Sydney Council's Waterloo Estate community gardeners
  • publication of several print newsletters
  • advising on the establishment of a number of community gardens in Brisbane
  • cooperation focused on nutritional health and gardening between the South Australian Department of Health and local community gardens
  • presentations at the Blue Mountains Wild Aware environmental festival
  • information provision in person and via website to researchers and tertiary students
  • consultation with Gardens for Western Sydney group to establish community gardens in Sydney's west and south-west
  • advice to community and local government workers in regional NSW
  • establishment of partnership with Australian Community Foods and participation on their website
  • advocated for a number of footpath gardens to remain
  • has organised six national community garden gatherings.
Written 12 February 2002, updated August 2015, updated October 2016

HOW OUR WEBSITE SOCIAL NETWORK WORKS

Catch up with other city farmers and community gardeners around Australia...

Here's how to post a photo, video, weblink, news item or join a group...

1. Log in: If you are an ACFCGN member, log in using your username and password. If you have forgotten your password, click on 'forgot password?" and follow the prompts.
2. Post photo, video, link, news: Once you are logged in, you will be directed to your wall page which is similar to the Facebook wall page. You can post your latest news here, click on the icon to add a photo, video or link to your post.
3. Join a group: Go to Groups and find one you are interested in. Click on the ’Join Group' button underneath the title of the group — then start chatting.
5. Start a group: Go to the Groups and click the red button, Create a Group. Fill in the details and invite your friends to join in.

Here’s how to find friends, update your profile or add an event...

1. Find friends: Click on the ‘Members’ link in the under the ‘Community’ tab in the top navigation bar. You will be directed to the ‘Members’ listing where you can search or scroll down to find your friends. Then, click on the button ‘Add friend’.
2. Edit profile: Go to pulldown menu in the top right hand corner of the website and click on ‘Edit profile'. You will be directed to your ‘wall' with the tab ‘Profile' open. Look through the tabbed list to see what information you would like to tell other members about yourself and start editing.
3. Add event: As a member you can add an event or course to our calendar.

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