Take part in discussions about community gardens locally on our Community, School & Edible Gardens Forum.
Edible gardens are growing in our community. They are a great fun way to meet people, to grow food, to learn skills, and they also play an important part in local food security.
Composting is usually a big part of a community garden.
So are outdoor meeting places, shelters with tables and seating, propagating sheds, greenhouses, somewhere to make a cuppa, a tool shed.
Seed-saving and swapping between garden members promotes heritage varieties.
Community gardens become places to meet and share for those who love plants and the soil. Some excellent examples are Yooralla Street Community Garden in The Gap, Yandina Community Garden, Northey Street City Farm, and Beelarong Community Garden in Morningside. Lots of courses on garden topics are held at these places, and we want to have this happening here too.
The HOG (Hills District Community Garden Inc)is a community garden group for residents of Keperra, Upper Kedron, Ferny Grove, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Everton Hills and Bunya. The HOG is on Bunya Rd just past the Bunya Waste Facility. Use the same entrance as the Dog Off-Leash Area. (RHS going out towards Bunya)
Garden Address: 416 Bunya Road BUNYA Qld. 4054 .Postal Address: 21 Yathong Ct Arana Hills Q 4054
General Meetings: 2ndSUNDAY of Month 3pm
Garden work sessions: Sunday 7am-10am, 2nd & 4th Sunday of Month, or when you have spare time. Next Work day Sunday 30th Nov. 6-9am and 3- 6pm
Transition The Grove Inc is way for people with an interest in community gardens to be put in touch with others. When joining, select Food & Gardening as an Interest and it will allow you to contact other locals who share your interest.
Transition The Grove members were involved with Transition The Gap and others in the planning work that has now resulted in the successful Yoorala St Community Garden in The Gap. It was a great learning experience which we hope will be shared and translated into similarly successful community gardens around here.
Local church gardens can make great sites for food gardens. The most active local example is at All Saints Anglican Church in Ferny Hills where Angligreen has an active presence. The children in the church get a lot of pleasure out of participating in this garden, and it is steadily growing from a very small beginning.
Grovely TAFE is a great place to start learning to grow food together. Their Organic Gardening courses involve the students building food gardens together, making compost and generally having a fantastic time. People who have done the course speak very highly of it.
Most local schools have had a go at establishing some garden beds, and they tend to go through times of greater or less activity, usually depending on parent interest.
Ferny Grove State High School has edible gardens in their Agriculture stream.
Grovely State School has a Permaculture garden with well-established food trees. This has resulted from a lot of commitment from a few parents, and they children have loved it. Patricks Rd Preschool has herb and vege raised beds.
A community garden can be a place for people to meet and enjoy working together learning to grow food crops, and sharing the produce grown. Some people are very serious about getting food crops growing in sufficient quantities to feed their families.
Community gardens are different from community farms - no livestock. Community farms are also starting up. There is a big urban agriculture initiative being established at Boondall Racetrack. Samford Futures is in the process of establishing a model urban agriculture setup at the old CSIRO site. Very exciting potential.
Orchards of trees or a large banana grove fit best in a community garden rather than on around our homes.
There are different approaches to sharing land in community gardens. One approach is to have allotments where people pay a small hire charge for a plot on an annual basis. Another is to have a shared garden especially for produce such as herbs which are easy to share..