A community garden is a not-for-profit, community based enterprise producing food primarily for the consumption of the gardeners. Community gardens play a role in improving access to fresh locally grown food, as well as providing valuable recreational activity, social interaction and educational benefits for the local community.
Community gardens make a valuable contribution in responding to the challenges of climate change as one means by which to reintegrate edible food plants into the urban landscape.
Joining a Community Garden.
If you would like to get involved with one of Wollongong's existing sites, Food Fairness Illawarra maintains a list of active community gardens and contact details. Some groups maintain blogs and host community open days and workshops, which can give you a taste of what is in store for you as a fully fledged member.
Starting a Community Garden
There are many great online resources available to help guide you through the processes associated with building a community garden from scratch. It's also a great idea to spend some time in existing gardens, building skills and making contacts who may be able to help you on your journey.
The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network connects community gardeners around Australia. It is an informal, community-based organisation linking people interested in community gardening across Australia. The website contains some great planning documents, as well as information to build the practical skills you'll need in the garden.
Community Gardens on Community Land
The utilisation of appropriate open space for community gardens is valued by Council for its contribution to the health and well-being of the wider community and the sustainability principles on which it is based.