Community gardens are recognised worldwideas a great way to grow food,improve your health,meet people,and cultivate vibrant communities. They:
allow people to grow their own vegetables,fruit,herbs and flowers
contribute to building an ecologically viable andsocially just food system
are a convivial way ofgetting fresh air and exercise with no gym fees!
foster community engagement and a culture of generosity,reciprocity,trust and self-help
are great places to learn about gardening and sharelocal and traditional knowledge
preserve and improve the precious green spaces inurban environments
develop innovative ways ofliving sustainably inthe city
create art projects,community events,celebrations, workshops,and much more
provide opportunities for cultural exchangeand learning
and some community gardens produce enoughfood share the surplus and/or develop community enterprises.
"It's about taking back the ability to produce foodfor ourselves.At the supermarket,you not only don't connect to the food system,but the money goes out ofthe region.People are looking for asense ofcommunity,and they find it in their localcommunity garden" (Claire Cummings)"Urban community gardeners are bringing lifeand liveability,seed by seed,back to theirneighbourhoods.The gardens nourish the body and also the soul" (Patricia Hynes)
Essential Community GardenResources
The South Australian Community GardeningNetwork
can be contacted by phoning 1300 737 612 (cost ofa local call)
Australian Community Gardensand City Farms Network
http://www.terracircle.org.au/garden/has information on starting a community garden,news and updates about community gardensaround the country and links to more resources.
Australian Community Foods
http://www.communityfoods.org.au/contains contact details for community gardens inSouth Australia and across Australia.
The American CommunityGardening Association
http://www.communitygarden.org/has start up info and resources,links,and access topublications.
http://www.cityfarmer.org This Canadian website has extensive informationand links about urban agriculture and community gardening.
Why Community Gardens?
Why Community Gardening?