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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.