FOOD SWAPS are venues where home grown, community garden grown and
gleaned surpluses can be swapped and shared.
Food swaps in South Australia:
The Urban Orchard
The first South Australian homegrown and gleaned produce swap was held on Saturday 3 November 2008, at the Clarence Park Community Centre. The Urban Orchard is a homegrown fruit and vegetable exchange, enjoying a brisk trade and much discussion over the morning.
The Urban Orchard is based on the exchange of backyard fruit and vegetable surplus. Participation is open to everyone, and participants are invited to take produce when they can use it, and contribute when they can.
The Urban Orchard is an initiative of Friends of the Earth Adelaide and the Goodwood Goodfood Co-op.
When: 10.00am-12noon, first Saturday of the month.
Location: Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest
Contact: Joel 0403 886 951, joel.catchlove [at] foe.org.au
Location: Gawler Community House, 2 Scheibener Terrace (old ETSA depot).
Description: A group of community volunteers is transforming an old ETSA depot site adjacent the river into food production. Includes fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables. Links with Gawler Urban Orchard. Regular program of workshops and proposed art projects. New people always welcome, no experience necessary.
Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm, first Saturday of the month 9am –12noon.
Contact: Jill Talbot 08 8522 4601 or 0408 084 129 gawlerch[at]bigpond.com
Henley Community Garden
Location: In the grounds of Henley High School to the west of the oval. Best entrance is via Cluse Street gate.
Description: Henley Community Garden is a collaborative project between an eclectic group of community gardeners and permaculturalists and Henley High School.
Combination of individual, communal and school plots. Communal orchards. Planning workshop program and permaculture courses. There are many ways to get involved — come and learn, organise or share your skills.
The garden also provides a venue for the fortnightly Henley Fruit and Veg swap, contact henley.fruit.and.veg.swap[at]gmail.com
Open: Access to the garden is available out of school hours. Meetings 11am on the first Saturday of the month (weather permitting in the garden). Interested gardeners welcome.
Contact: Deslie Gould jonk[at]three.com.au 08 8235 9926 or Jane MacArthur janemacarthur[at]ymail.com 08 8356 2613.
Community Fruit & Vege Swap
10.00 – 10.30 am, Saturdays weekly from 9 January 2010.
Independently run by local residents
Location: Carnarvon Reserve, West Croydon (access from Carnarvon Parade, via Torrens Road, or from Rosetta Street or Brown Street).
Contact: www.myspace.com/vegeswap for more information.
Stay tuned for another homegrown fruit and vegetable exchange starting in Victor Harbor soon!
Start your own Urban Orchard
Communities around Australia are adapting the Urban Orchard concept to meet their unique local needs. Go to here to download Starting a homegrown fruit and vegetable exchange in your community, a do-it-yourself guide based on our own experiences starting a produce exchange, and some things you might like to consider.
We love to hear about new projects starting up, so let us know about your plans! Contact Joel 0403 886 951, joel.catchlove [at] foe.org.au