WHY SHOULD I START A COMMUNITY GARDEN?
A community garden is a shared space that brings community members together to plant, tend and harvest. This can range from fruits, vegetables, flowers to herbs, and even small livestock. Community gardens can be established for a variety of purposes that can range from health, social, environmental, educational to economic benefits. This includes helping to:
Encourage active community participation and social cohesion
Provide a reliable, cheap and sustainable food source
Deliver a practical and engaging education program
Encourage physical exercise
Provide a welcoming space for personal self-development
HOW DO I START A COMMUNITY GARDEN?
Before starting a community garden, it is good to have a plan about the various elements that are required to successfully establish and maintain a community garden including how the garden will operate, how to obtain land, funding and sponsorship requirements, the marketing strategy, attracting participants, and the governance and legal requirements. It is also very important to know who owns the land on which the garden is created and what local laws will apply.
Below are links to some great resources that will help you with your community garden from planning to creating and finally to sharing:
Green Villages - a great overview of key points in a garden
Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network - 10 simple steps to begin
HomeLife - overview of starting a community garden
City of Sydney - tips on starting a garden and the rules too
Happy gardening and be sure to share any photos of your own community gardens on social media with #FoodFaith so we can re-share!