A good community garden has strong community connections. Roughly 374 kilometers south of Sydney, close to Twofold Bay, is the Garden of Eden. St. George’s Uniting Church set up the native garden in 2006 to enrich the community life in Eden NSW. Today Eden is home to an award-winning community garden where locals grow organic produce, attend permaculture workshops and hold movie nights.
1. Choose A Location That’s As Visible To The Public As Possible.
Everybody who walks past a garden that’s right on the road will know straight away that it exists and can quite easily find out what’s happening and how to get involved.
2. Connect With The Community.
You need to think about what your target community is and how best to reach them. In Western Australia, the Swan View Community Garden helps provide nutritious meals to disadvantaged families in the area by donating its produce to the Salvation Army Foodbank. It has also provided a garden venue to a speech and motor skills therapy project for children.
3. Establish Rules And Expectations Of Behavior.
Making sure that everyone involved in the community garden understands expectations of behavior is important. It will help you to prevent conflicts by having all of that clear as soon as possible.
4. Bring Different Elements To The Garden.
How about a pizza oven or perhaps a children’s playground? The Port Melbourne Uniting Church in Victoria runs a number of activities in its community garden, including seasonal gardening for preschool families on Wednesdays during school terms and social cooking using garden produce every second Friday.
5. Encourage Biodiversity.
Little native beehives, for instance, can assist with pollination, allowing you to get even more produce from your community garden.