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Community Gardening in South Australia Resource Kit

Community Gardening in South Australia Resource Kit

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Community Gardening in SA 
- Resource Kit
 The Community Gardens in SA Resource Kit was produced as part ofthe 'Community Gardening in SAProject' which was funded in 2003 - 2004 by the Government ofSouth Australia through the Department ofHealth,and auspicedby the Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association SA.This version ofthe Resource Kit has been produced with funding assistance from the Office ofSustainability,Department for Environment and Heritage.Many people contributed to this Kit. Thank you to all who were part ofthe planning process,particularly:Kelly Allen,Clive Bristow,Gloria Bristow,David Corkill,Deidre Knight,Margaret RainbowWeb,Jeremy Urquhart and the Community Gardening in SA Project Reference Group. Thank you to everyone who participated in the South Australian Community Gardening Gathering in October 2003,particularly those who facilitated workshops/ sessions:Kelly Allen,David Corkill,Julie Firth,David Harrison,Mary Heath,Jacqui Hunter,Chas Martin,Lynda McCarty,Ben Neil,Bridget O'Donnell,Steve Poole,and Jeremy Urquhart.The information shared bgardeners at the Gathering contributed greatly to this Kit. These people provided valuable feedback,advice and suggestions on draft versions:Dick Copeman and Ross Craig (Northey StreetCity Farm),Deidre Knight and Ian Lillington (Community Gardening in SA Project),Ben Neil (Cultivating Community),Rebequea Aitken,Kelly Allen and Christopher Day (Flinders University Permaculture Garden),Chris Banks (Duck Flat Community Garden),Carol Payne (Caboolture Community Gardens),Jeremy Urquhart (Permaculture Association ofSA),Mary Ireland (The Gathering  Tree Community Garden),Robyn Downing (House on the Hill),and Julie Coulls (Kurruru Pingyarendi Community Garden).Special thanks to Victorian community gardening organisation,Cultivating Community for allowing reproduction ofsections of its (2002) publication,Good Practice Guide for Community Gardens compiled by Greg Milne,and to Northey Street City Farm, who provided advice,access to their resources,and a sunny place to sit while typing up the Kit.Researched,written and illustrated by claire fulton.Graphic design and layout by Joel Catchlove <madhorsemanofmarrakesh@yahoo.com>Printed by Single Step Printing Internet version ofthe Kit designed by John Brisbin,available at www.canh.asn.au/community_gardening 
Department ofHealth,Government ofSouth Australia,2004.Community Gardening in SA Resource Kit,reportprepared by claire fulton,Community And Neighbourhood Houses And Centres Association Inc,Adelaide You may download,display,or reproduce this work or parts ofthis work,in unaltered form only,for personal use,non-commercialuse,or within your own organisation.
 The opinions expressed in this document are those ofthe authors and are not necessarily those ofthe GovernmentofSouth Australia,the Department ofHealth or the Department for Environment and Heritage.
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 monegoes 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.
City Farmer
http://www.cityfarmer.org  This Canadian website has extensive informationand links about urban agriculture and community gardening.
 Why Community Gardens?
 Why Community Gardening?

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