ALAN SHEPHARD is a community garden support worker active in a number of community gardens in Adelaide.
During his recent visit to Sydney he met with Russ Grayson, media contact for the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network, and Annie Walker, Community Gardens and Volunteer Coordinator with the City of Sydney.
Eager to see what Sydney community gardens look like and to learn how they operate, Alan was taken on a tour of gardens that included Wooloomooloo, Newtown, Angel Street and Randwick community gardens. He also took a walk along Myrtle Street, Chippendale, to look at the edible street verge plantings and community composting experiment.
Alan provides a support role in the community gardens he works with, one of which is the Gilles Plains/Kurruru Pingyarendi garden in suburban Hillcrest.
He also works as a community artist. Some of his work appears in the images below…