October is Community Garden Month in SA

October 2011 is set to be a month-long community garden celebration in Adelaide. Throughout October there will be community garden open days, school and community garden tours, workshops, and more.

Here are some of the events:

Community Garden Open Days

Saturday 8th October Wynn Vale Community Garden

Saturday 15th October Flinders Uni Community Garden 10th Birthday Celebration

Saturday 22nd October Ridley Grove Community Garden

Saturday 29th October Marion Life Community Garden
+ Picket Fence Community Garden
+ Eastwood Community Centre Community Garden

Sunday 30th October Aldinga Beach Community Garden
+ Walyo Yerta Community Garden
+ Fern Avenue Community Garden

Full details of these Community Garden Open Days, including place, time and contact information are available here.

Community Garden Bus Tour

There will also be a community garden bus tour in the week beginning 17th October. For details and bookings, contact Jo.staniforth@sa.gov.au  8222 9460

School Garden Tours 

13th October
NRM Education School Food Garden Garden Bus Tour, Northern Region
Thinking about setting up a food garden at your school or site?
Are you interested in seeing what other schools in your area have developed? Looking for new learning opportunities?
Join our Food Gardens Bus Tour and view the efforts being made at Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary level, and hear their experiences. You will also have the opportunity to hear from our local Community Foodies providing information on their work with schools and edible gardens!
9.30am – 3pm
FREE! PD Certificates provided.
Please register here or by phoning Marianne White 8258 9761


10th November
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation Presents  Adelaide Kitchen Garden Schools Tour with Maggie BeerHosted by the SAKGF’s wonderful South Australian Ambassador Maggie Beer, our first-ever South Australian schools tour visits established Kitchen Garden Schools throughout Adelaide that have been running the Kitchen Garden Program for several years and are now reaping the benefits.  Join Maggie to view kitchen and garden classes in action, speak to Foundation staff and school staff, and enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch. This is an inspirational day that showcases the beautiful and productive school gardens as well as the home-style kitchens, and gives participants a chance to get closer to the Program in action. The tours are suitable for staff from interested schools and new Kitchen Garden Schools, as well as our Subscribers and interested members of the public.
8:45AM – 4:45pm
Public: $77.00
Subscribers: $55.00
Program Schools: $44.00
Register for the tour.


Saturday 8th October 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Planting Summer Vegies, and starting & maintaining worm farms
Presented by Harry Harrison, President of Rare Fruit Society
At Glandore Community Garden (Malwa St, Glandore)
Bring a plate of afternoon tea or a gold coin donation
No booking required


Saturday October 8th 10am to 1pm
Free composting workshops
Wynn Vale Community Garden,  32 Park Lake Drive, Wynn Vale
10:00  Worm Farming Made Easy with Alan Shepard
11:00 Bokashi workshop with Deanna Rohrsheim
12:00 Composting workshop with Tim Marshall
The Wynn Vale Community Garden will be open from 9.30am
There will be plants for sale, sausage sizzle, tea and coffee. You can also enjoy an informative tour of the garden. Visit www.teatreegully.sa.gov.au for more information or contact Kathy at KESAB ph 8234 7255 email: kathy@kesab.asn.au

8 week Organic Gardening Course
Commencing Thursday 20th October 2011 at Fern Avenue Community Garden, 18 Fern Ave, Fullarton.
8 weekly sessions of 2 ½ hours 6pm to 8.30pm
Presented by organic gardening specialist David Corkill, the course covers theory and practical work and topics include:
• Soil and soil preparation
• Wise watering
• How plants work
• Compost – benefits and how to make it
• Mulching
• How to propagate plants
• The interaction between plants and how they help each other
• Safe methods of weed and pest control
Contact Cecile Storrie for more info 8274 1156 or 0405 558 723


Other events featuring community and school gardens this month

Saturday and Sunday 8 – 9 October
Willunga Environment Centre presents Community, Sustainability & Environment EXPO
Willunga High School
This family event will feature stalls, displays, workshops (including one on community gardens!), kids’ activities, and a range of speakers and entertainment from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at the venue. Some workshops have limited spaces so register early. Email Willunga Enviro or Ph 8556 4188. Website for program and bookings


Weekend of 21 – 23rd October
Earth Station Festival, Belair National Park
A brand new and unique festival of music and ideas exploring our relationship with the planet. Includes workshops on urban food growing presented by SA Community & School Garden Network, Friends of the Earth and Permaculture SA. Book at www.earthstationfestival.com.au.

Kitchen Garden Month has been organised by the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Community and Kitchen Garden Project.

If you would like to keep in touch with South Australian community gardening news and events, join the SA Community and School Garden Network’s email list here.

*** Please note, the SA Community and School Garden Network Gathering that was proposed for Saturday 5th November has been cancelled.***

Thanks to Alan Shepard for the photo.

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