What’s hot? Community gardens that’s what!

Community gardens have finally made it in WA. It’s official. In a recent edition of The West Australian, community gardens were included in a ‘what’s hot’ list. This is good news for the people who have been singing the praises of community gardens in this state for the last 10 years and for the growing number of communities across WA who are getting active to set-up gardens in their local area.

Community gardens are outdoor spaces that are planned and managed by the community. They come in all shapes and sizes and can include food production, native and bush tucker gardens, as well as decorative and therapeutic elements. You’ll find them in inner city, suburban and rural fringe areas and in remote Aboriginal communities. Community gardens are lively community places; they provide high quality, creative and accessible open spaces in local communities and have a range of health, social, environmental, economic and cultural benefits.

The West has its finger on the pulse; we really are seeing a surge of interest in community gardens in WA and not just as a passing fad. People want to get involved in local solutions to climate change, grow their own food to save money in a tight economic climate, improve their health and well-being and connect with their neighbours – the popularity of community gardens is skyrocketing because they tick all of these boxes.

It’s timely then that there’s a project to support the development of community gardens in WA currently underway. Growing Communities WA – commencing in July 2008 and running for 2 years  – aims to build the capacity of community gardens through research, training and networking, promotion, supporting partnerships and developing resources to assist gardens to grow. 

Ben Neil Visit: 28 March – 1 April

One exciting initiative of the project is to host a 5-day visit to Perth by Ben Neil, CEO of Cultivating Community (Victoria) and President of the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. Cultivating Community is a not-for-profit organisation that supports 21 community gardens located on public housing estates in Melbourne, runs two community fresh fruit and vegetable food cooperatives, has worked with local councils to develop local food policy and networks, recently completed a 12 month project working with veterans to improve their backyards and access to fresh vegetables and supplies garden educators for edible classrooms programs in 6 primary schools.

 

A number of open events have been planned for Ben’s visit, starting from this Sunday. Check out the details below and come along to join in the fun!

 

GETTING STARTED IN COMMUNITY GARDENING: HOW TO SET UP A GARDEN IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hear directly from people who have helped to establish gardens in WA and Victoria. Pick up ideas, learn practical tips and have your questions answered by Ben and a panel of local speakers.

Sunday, 29 March 9:30am – 11:30am

Leederville Bowling Club, 75 Cambridge Street, West Leederville

 

COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS: LOCAL INITIATIVES TO SECURE OUR FOOD FUTURE

This forum will be an exciting opportunity for policy makers, community organisers, farmers, food security advocates and community food projects to get together and look at new ways we can feed our communities, now and into the future.   

Monday, 30 March 2:00pm – 4:30pm

City of Stirling ‘Reception Hall’, 25 Cedric Street, Stirling

 

SCHOOL KITCHEN GARDEN FORUM

Come along to hear a keynote speech from Ben Neil and a panel of local speakers present on what’s happening with School Kitchen Gardens across WA.

Tuesday, 31 March 9:00am – 11:00am

Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: GROWING LOCAL CAPACITY THROUGH COMMUNITY GARDENS

This presentation will stimulate new ideas, fresh perspectives and revitalised local discussion about how practical and arts-based activities in a garden context can engage people – particularly from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds – and generate community development outcomes.

Tuesday, 31 March 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth

 

For more information about Growing Communities WA, contact me at anne [at] wacgn.asn.au or on 1300 501 357.

 

 

 

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One response to “What’s hot? Community gardens that’s what!

  1. Hi

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