As community gardeners we make biodiverse gardens combining food, exotic and native plants brought together into an assemblage that benefits us as well as the birds, bees and the myriad insect life that surrounds us.
Root crops like Jerusalum artichoke are a staple food that we can grow in our community garden. Before we dig them up to cook and eat, we can enjoy Jerusalum artichoke’s bright yellow, sunflower-like bloom.
It is soft, black and gooey. It looks past its prime. It is all these things and it is delicious. I am talking about Black sapote, a tropical fruit that could find a place in the larger community garden in warmer climates.
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 […]
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.
WHEN do requests for student interviews go from enough to too much?
A listing of community gardeners’ planning documents.
Wet weather couldn’t deter community gardeners gathering at Manly Vale Community Garden for the regional network meet up…