We are a communal garden with dedicated and hardworking members who grow, cook, and eat the best organic food together, and who help others to do the same
Five good reasons for joining a community garden What attracts people to form and join a community garden, and what motivates individuals to stay with it and commit their time and energy week in, week out through rain and shine? Talking to new joiners tells us that there are at least five good reasons for a community garden, that every individual comes with their own unique blend of those five ‘motivators’, and (happily) that there is room for all combinations to co-exist and complement each other. For simplicity, we talk of the five ‘p’s: produce, process, people, place, and politics. Produce Community gardens provide easy access to fresh, seasonal, nutritious food that is grown without chemicals, and is ecologically diverse (including local and heirloom varieties that will never be product-ised by industrialised agriculture) and this attracts "green-thumb foodies" who want to produce their food and not just consume it. Process One thing we noticed immediately was that some people who joined the garden had their own veggie patches and fruit trees and so already had access to excellent produce. Why then join a community garden if you have your own garden to tend and harvest? In a word, because the process of communal gardening adds a whole relational dimension which is not available anywhere else. At the heart of this process is a sense of enjoyment of an expansive possibility space: growing more varieties than at home, learning more from others than you could ever learn from books and DVDs, finding new solutions to common problems. One thing you notice immediately is that people tend to be humble and self-effacing about their skills and yet it quickly becomes clear that they know a lot about many aspects of gardening and manage to teach and guide others who are less knowledgeable without fuss and fanfare. They are the natural leaders who go first and everyone learns by doing things with them and alongside them. Such leadership and learning is lost when it is restricted to the home garden. People There are those who actually have much less interest in the produce itself, and the process, than in the people dimension. For them, it is more about the collegiality and conviviality of shared labour in pursuit of common goals. The garden is an occasion for easy friendship, gentle conversation, the joy of sitting together during a spell and looking out at the fruits of their work together. For example, the early indicators are that the garden is a great place for young mums and their preschool kids to meet up and hang out together. Or for grandparents to come with the grandkids. Place ( and space) A community garden is a new kind of space that gives people access to a new and more rewarding sense of place. The garden is a third place, neither home nor work-based, where we come together voluntarily, informally, on egalitarian terms, with others who may initially be “strangers”, and engage in a joint venture which is truly self-organising. In short, the garden is a free and democratic space where people from all walks of life, all ‘demographics’, learn to collaborate and co-create together without bureaucratic organisation and decision making structures being needed. To organise and govern a communal local place and have it be productive of good food in turn opens up possibilities for the place to serve community life in many other ways too. For example, different community groups might come and use the garden as a natural gathering place with access to veggies and herbs and eggs combined and cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. Or attend local classes on cooking, food preserving, bread making, medicinal herbs and so on. Or perhaps just to enjoy the art and aesthetics of the space itself. Politics Community gardens ‘play’ at the level at which politics can never be a dirty word. At this local and communal level, politics is a natural, and even unconscious, expression of shared values and interests in making the world one lives in a better and more beautiful and more resilient place. As David Suzuki remarked on the practice of permaculture, which underpins many community gardens: “What [they] are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and [they] are one of the critical gangs that are doing that." Many people would not associate community gardens with politics, and especially not with radical politics, but it is interesting how ‘alternative’ and disruptive such practices can be of the current global political economy. For example, in a search for 50 new radicals in the UK, five of the fifty came from community garden or food-related projects (see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/feb/18/50-new-radicals-britain-nesta). One project, Incredible Edible, in Todmorton in Yorkshire, found radical new ways to put unused public land to productive use in delivering free food ( see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2012/feb/18/50-new-radicals-incredible-edible). We are coming to understand that people come to community gardening with their own personal mix of the five ‘p’s and that no two people are alike, and that diversity of motivation and attraction is a good thing. What we don’t know yet, but suspect to be true, is that when all five ‘p’s are strongly represented and expressed in the community body as a whole, the garden is more likely to be successful and more resilient in the long term. There is something very basic and inherently good about growing your own food: to work and live within the Earth’s cycles is deeply satisfying. Yet many of our deepest longings and best intentions can wither on the vine when we tackle them in isolation. People are now re-discovering the pleasure of food gardening together. A community garden is often seen simply in terms of the production of local fruit and vegetables – an admirable goal in itself in the face of rising fresh food and fuel prices. However much more is grown in the community garden than fresh produce. The richness of our lives it seems depends on what we choose to surround ourselves with – and more of us now understand that an abundance of fresh, healthy food, being engaged in meaningful activities, with a group of people, a sense of place in a strong and resilient community makes us wealthy indeed. The Community Garden is proving to be a real treasure as a place where health, creativity, and hope for a positive sustainable future will flourish. It is a place where people across a wide range of ages can come together on common ground and with common interests, to work, learn, laugh, share skills and the harvest. Tony Coyle and Sandra Menteith, 2012
Birthdays and cake and broadbean harvests, loads of tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini in the ground. Friendship, food and plenty of garden chatter. A Tuesday morning done right.
First lot of spuds have been loving all this rain! More hilling this week I think!
Planting the next crop of spuds, bed prep and spring planting and sharing seedlings. And morning tea together of course! #bundanooncommunitygarden #andwegardenintallongtoo
Great cause, love that Moss Vale Community Garden advertised their support.
The gardening gang were out in full support for the School Strike 4 Climate Change today!
Garlic enjoyed that 10ml of rain overnight! And happy with a bit of a weed, some blood and bone and a mulch!
Grafting Lesson #11: After Graft's Heal, What To Do
Grafting Aftercare of grafts once healed, when to unwrap grafts, Should you let fruit grow? How much to let grow, suckers, sun protection etc. Thank you ever...
Composting the beds for our summer veg. Lovely when every handful is full of these guys!
This is a very good explanation of how to get the best from you plants in your garden. Almost as good as having Jill Cockram give you a learning session.
The plants in your garden need food just like you do! That might seem obvious but you’ll be surprised how many people never bother to feed their plants and then wonder why they aren’t flowering, fr…
Giant turnips, honey cupcakes, hammock play and baby lambs- not bad for a morning at the community garden!
Oh yes we can too, love this
When fires threatened their properties last year, residents of The Channon came together to fight off the flames. Now they've refocussed their efforts on COVID-19 — and whatever comes next.
This could be the start of a whole new experience. Grafting is fascinating.
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Well the web stayed strong overnight during those fierce freezing winds! and we love Trish’s suggestion of making a wreath from the Grape vine prunings! No waste here!
Let’s see if this woolen spiderweb across our garlic will keep the Choughs and Currawongs from snipping off the green shoots! And a lovey morning weedings, pruning grape vines and tea in the sun over homegrown pumpkin soup, homemade bread and scones!
It's never too late!
The best time to start Plastic Free July was July 1st. The next best time to start is today! Here are some ways to get started during Covid: https://buff.ly/2YLI9m6
Who wouldn't want to try these. Good fun and seems to produce results.
13 genius gardening hacks that you’ll be glad to know!
The Green Power House: a beautiful solution
Finally - an environmental film about SOLUTIONS. Watch the complete film for free during this exclusive limited time screening.
A seed library! Brilliant! Will they use Dewey?
'Food comes from the backyard, not from the supermarket.'
Maitland City Council is branching out into gardening by starting a seed library. It hopes it will help families become more self-sufficient, and get them gardening during the current home isolation restrictions. The project is being run in conjunction with Slow Food Hunter Valley.
Expectation Vs Reality 😂
Nut for you!
Nuts are a great source of protein and easy enough to grow in the Southern Highlands.
Walnuts (pictured at the left), hazelnuts, almonds and even the native nut, Bunya (pictured), grow well here and Autumn is generally harvest time for their crops. Here are walnuts, showing their green nut casings that split when the nut is ripe. The gloves are necessary when shucking the casing off, otherwise you will have badly stained hands for weeks. Needless to say, this is where the "walnut wood stain" used by furniture makers comes from. Once the nuts fall, they are ripe for harvesting. Hang them in a warm spot in an airy/net bag to dry (to remove moisture content to increase storage potential) for several weeks. Then crack & enjoy! Bunyas need to be eaten or cooked fresh.
'Composting with roo poo helps your garden grow in leaps and bounds!' 😄
It's International Composting Awareness Week Australia and it highlights the fact that not only is composting the right thing to do, but getting organic matter into the soil is the key to growing great vegies. While I do make my own compost, with a huge productive patch, I also try to source organic matter wherever I can. Last week we mucked out the fowl yard and have added it to the compost and also to beds where I plan to grow next year’s pumpkins…………… and on Thursday I got a trailer load of roo poo from the Native Animal Network of SA. What heaven! I would have done poo angels in it if I didn’t have to do a FB Live Q&A session shortly after. While my boys unloaded the trailer, I got to hold young Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – a young red roo from Hawker in the #Flinders Ranges. Ironically, I was holding her in the giant pumpkin which still had some #Potimarron pumpkins hanging on it. This is where I placed the last load of #roopoo just before last spring when the pumpkins were planted. As Anne from the #faunarescue organisation said, my garden grows in “leaps and bounds”!? What’s your favourite aged animal manure for your patch? #mypatch #feedyoursoil
A garden starts with good compost.
ICAW Ambassador Costa Georgiadis encourages everyone to join our composting family and celebrate International Compost Awareness Week during 3rd May to 9th M...
This could be a fun weekend project!
Tino shows how to beat the winter blues by building one of the niftiest things to have when gardening in a cool climate: a cold frame. A cold frame is a glas...
Virtual inspiration live!
The Virtual Edible Sydney Garden Trail rolls on. Sunday’s garden number 1. Welcome to Katja’s #myurbanediblegarden . It’s a garden of approximately 55m2 in a 310m2 block juggling family, growing, a garage roof and a puppy.
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Bcg Roma tomato’s are huge producers! Freezer is getting full ready for our passata day!
Just when I thought I had a reasonable strategy to grow my veges I saw this. what an amazing array of healthy vegetables and no weeding :)
😍Amazing! Vegetable Growing on the Wall^^😍
How good is this!!
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Our little community garden had been quite productive despite the fire threats. Check out the screening to protect from the westerlies. Many thanks to our wonderful president!
I read this article and disagreed with none of it. We can do things now!!
Jackie French has a call to action: "Do not forget that when we acted together we achieved miracles. We must not forget."
Hello gardners, I saw this list of fire resistant plants, I think from a MVCG post, then lost it again. I googled and found it. Hope it is useful to you. https://apsvic.org.au/fire-resistant-and-retardant-plants/
These plants have been found to provide some degree of protection during bushfires. The lists were compiled based on the experiences of APSVic members.
One of our Bundanoon Community Gardeners sent this link from the Council's Bush Care team. If you want to look after our wildlife it is a simple clear article.
Sustainable "Foodscaping" in Geneva, Switzerland where communities have worked together, neighbours consult and plan what each will grow so they can share and trade food. Imagine if we all did Foodscaping?
What is Foodscaping? https://www.thedailymeal.com/foodscaping-fancy-word-gardening-or-important-initiative
Russian Family Gardens Produce 40% of Russian Food https://healthimpactnews.com/2014/russian-family-gardens-produce-40-of-russian-food/
How to grow a 3 sisters garden (Traditional Native American approach): http://flusterbuster.com/2013/03/gardens-3-sisters.html
An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide (which seeds to plant together, also information on which plants will keep away certain animals and insects). https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/companion-planting-guide-zmaz81mjzraw
Natural farming methods (a beginner's guide): https://monterayfarm.com/2018/09/12/natural-farming-methods-a-beginners-guide/
List of companion plants: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants
Natural farming (Japanese ecological farming approach):https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_farming
Indigenous Three Sisters "Companion" Gardening Method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi5IrIOAOnQ
Related: The Biggest Little Farm (2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daB6ync3Ytg
This site has been shared on FB showing the hot spots, may not be updated as quickly as RFS near me for all the info but I like this one for hot spots.
Do not make decisions based solely on this information, provided for information purposes only. Map data: NSW RFS, Geoscience Australia (Digital Earth Australia Hotspots) & NSW SIX Maps (NSW Topo Maps). NSW RFS Bush Fire Info Line - 1800 679 737
This may also be of interest to you all.
NOTICE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MITTAGONG AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Including the Welby, Alpine, Aylmerton, Braemar, Willow Vale, Balaclava and Mt Gibraltar areas.
A Community Meeting to provide an update on the Green Wattle Creek Fire is scheduled for 7pm, Monday 30th December at the Mittagong RSL.
This meeting will be live streamed on this page for those that can not attend.
For your information
URGENT NOTICE TO THE RESIDENTS OF WINGELLO AND PENROSE WHO LIVE ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF HIGHLAND WAY (PENROSE RD):
The Rural Fire Service is intending to establish a containment line around both villages for a tactical defence against the advance of the Currowan Fire. This will involve the use of heavy machinery.
Officers of the RFS will call at each property that is likely to be affected by this activity to discuss the proposal. If you believe that you own/rent one of the properties that may be included in this activity it would be appreciated if you could register your name and address details by email to [email protected] at the earliest.
If you are aware of a neighbouring property that also may be included and know that the owner may be absent could you please notify them of this message and request that they also email their contact details to the address above.
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