ACFCGN’s fact sheets

These fact sheets are offered by the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network under a Creative Commons licence for community gardeners, non-government organisations, local government and sustainability educators to download, print and distribute unchanged.

Here’s some ideas for returning food production to the city in community gardens. The fact sheets are a collection of ideas to get you started in your community garden using some of the basic techniques for productive gardening.

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ACFCGN-factsheet-1About the ACFCGN

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 (ACFCGN) is a community-based organisation that networks community gardeners, city farmers and those engaged in other community food systems, that educates and advises on community gardening and advocates for citizen-based urban agricultural initiatives.

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checklist_2001Checklist for new community gardens

Use this checklist to:

  • record what you like and what you are uncertain of when touring community gardens to collect ideas for a new community garden
  • think about what you would like in a new community garden and how you might manage it.

After visiting community gardens, organise a debriefing session to collate, from this checklist, what you like, what you don’t want and what needs further investigation for inclusion in your new community garden.

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safety_brochureSafety in the community garden

Safety in the community garden is mostly thoughtfulness and common sense. This fact sheet covers a few of the common considerations for safe gardening.



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community-gardening-coverWhat is community gardening

A basic introduction to the practice of community gardening. Suited for distribution at introductory information sessions on community gardening.



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organic-gardening-coverWhat is organic gardening

An introduction to an approach to food production that is safest for gardeners, soils and nearby environments.



Download (pdf 4.1 MB)

composting-brochure-coverHow to compost

Turning waste into fertiliser is a practice in all community gardens. This fact sheet offers a simple method of compost production.

Suitable for distribution at compost production workshops and to people new to the practice.


Download (pdf 2.2 MB)

no-dig-brochureHow to build a no-dig garden

A simple method, based on the no-dig gardening method developed by Sydney organic gardener, Esther Deans, that makes use of old newspaper (or similar paper waste) and straw for easy-to-make garden beds.

Suited to distribution to participants in workshops and courses.

Illustrations by Rob Allsop, Quietworks.

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ipm-coverIntegrated pest management

An intelligent, observation and knowledge-based approach to controlling garden pests without recourse to synthetic chemical controls.



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crop-rotation-coverWhat is crop rotation

A simple, four or five phase method of gardening that can reduces the incidence of soil-borne pathogens and restores soil fertility.



Download (pdf 3.7 MB)

permaculture-coverWhat is permaculture

A short introduction to the permaculture design system.

Permaculture is a thinking tool that is useful at the design phase of community garden development.


Download (pdf 1.4 MB)

resourceful-home-coverThe sustainable home

Many community gardeners also seek ways to improve energy and water use in their homes.

This fact sheet introduces some of the principles in conservative energy and water use and other ways to make your home safe and low-impact.

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2015-blogging-factsheetBlogging our stories

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE to blog about your community gardening experience, about your garden, your ideas, the gardeners, the plants, the design and management of community gardens and city farms?

It’s not hard to do this. That’s why we have written this brief guide about writing blogs for the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network’s (ACFCGN) website and social media. By following the material in the ‘how to write’ section you will create informative and interesting blogs that are published on our website.

Blogging our stories can be motivating to those just starting out and to others who have been growing the communal way for some time. It’s the sharing of our experience and knowledge that is key to building thriving and productive community gardens and city farms and to building the social movement emerging around these things.

The Network’s website and social media are the ideal place to get our stories out as they have national — even international — reach.

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2015-media-release-factsheetThe media release

AS A MEANS for organisations to distribute information, the media release is an artefact of the old journalism of newspapers, print magazines, radio and TV that continues in the era of online media. It is old and perhaps a little tired, but it has not yet expired.

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  2. Bronte Schofield

    Hi, love your website & great information. The fact sheets are excellent, but am having trouble printing…… Any clues?

  3. Karen

    Hi folks, I am with the Duncraig Edible Garden. The group is coming to the end of their “pilot”phase and I have just joined the group, voluteering to help with writing various documents. Priority is the development of a new MOU with the local council, then we will need to submit an awesome report, thank you for the documents you have made available on your site already, I know we will use the design matrix straight away. Also other documents you have used to organise the committee and other operations, strategic plan etc and so on would be really helpful. Also how do you deal with insurance? The council covered us for the “pilot” but now we might need to find our own. Any feedback would be great.

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