Mij Tanith reports…
THE COMMUNITY GARDEN IDEA for the heart of the city was generated from tenants of Common Ground, who were growing plants on their balconies and showing an interest in more gardening options to their management.
To harness this energy, Common Ground successfully applied to the council in 2008 for a community grant for table gardens and negotiated a site.
The garden has been established for approximately six months now and about 12 tenants work each Friday on the garden. They have working bees from 10am on site — people are more than welcome to come and have a look at what the tenants are achieving in the heart of the city.
Some of the huge benefits the tenants are getting out of the garden are social support, fresh food supply, meaningful and fun activity, skill development, ownership and pride of the work.
However, some of the challenges they face include that it is only a temporary site (as the area is earmarked for development), there’s limited resourcing and they share the facilities with Adelaide City Council maintenance staff.