It seems a simple thing for councils to do. Handing over an area of public land for people to turn into a community garden. Like many things so seemingly simple, it turns out to be more complicated. This is because councils are responsible for public land and they need to be confident that the land […]
The little red fruit on the ground were the giveaway. Reddish and around a centimetre in diameter, they suggested something was happening above. Looking up, there it was. The tree was coming into fruit, its magenta coloured fruit contrasting vividly with the dark green foliage of the drip-tip leaves. Autumn and winter are lillipilly time. […]
It was an imaginative idea, I thought, when it started to attract a greater number of practitioners almost a decade ago. Quickly I saw a few problems developing and I wrote a short ebook — Farmers of the Urban Footpath (and here) — as a compilation of design ideas and to set out a social and urban development rationale to support the practice.
IT HAS BEEN 20 years since the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network bloomed into existence like a seed in fertile soil. It started when Fiona Campbell and I called a meeting at the old (and now demolished) Randwick Community Centre of what we imagined would be the mere handful of community gardeners in Sydney.
ADDRESS AT ACFCGN MEETING, MURDOCH UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY GARDEN, PERTH, 31.09.16. ACFCGN – outline of talk on network It was 1995 when Fiona Campbell and I called a meeting of people interested in community gardening at Randwick Community Centre. It had been a decade before that when Glovers Community Garden made its start on state government […]