Joondanna Community Food Garden

Last week I had the chance to visit the Joondanna Community Food Garden (corner of Stoneham and Wade Streets in Joondanna). Through my role as Coordinator of Growing Communities WA (2008 – 2010), I provided advice and support to the garden during its feasibility and start-up stages, so it was great to finally have a chance to visit to see how the community’s plans have borne fruit (sorry it’s hard to resist a gardening pun!).

The garden is nestled in the middle of a suburban neighbourhood in Perth, surrounded by houses and blocks of units. It has some lovely established native trees onsite that shade a gathering area that can be used for events, as well as allotment gardens and fruit and olive trees.

Here are some snaps from my visit:

A striking community art piece next to clear garden signage makes a good first impression

Allotment garden beds that are leased to community members

Garden art adds personality to the garden

A type of garden edging I haven’t seen before – paving slabs

Social activities and working bees are an important part of sustaining the gardening community and maintaining the garden

Giving some produce away for free is a useful strategy for minimising theft in a garden that’s open to the public at all times

A worm shed onsite = happy vegetables!

Gardeners enjoying a pleasant Saturday afternoon

For more info about community gardens in WA and to find a garden near you visit Community Gardens WA.

For info about the specialist advice and support services that are available to help you at whatever stage you are up to with a community garden – feasibility, start-up, visioning and design, construction and development, ongoing management or partnering with a garden – check out Community Gardens.

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3 responses to “Joondanna Community Food Garden

  1. Very inspiring, Anne, thanks. You might like to check out (and like) our community garden at Mia Mia Housing Co-op in Denmark, WA: http://www.facebook.com/miamiaorganicgardencoop
    – including a link to a you tube video of one of our workshops with Neal Collins, Organic Gardening Mentor extraordinaire!

  2. or even better come stay with us and see the Mia Mia garden in person! Awesome to see what you’re up to these days Anne, have to catch up soon
    x Zoe (and Jeff)

  3. It would be lovely to catch up with you all Zoe. Next time I’m heading to Denmark I’ll make sure I look you up 🙂

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