Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a green thumb, or do you have a brown thumb? Would you like to meet new people, learn about gardening or share your knowledge of gardening? Do you enjoy growing and cooking your own, healthy food? Whatever your age, your knowledge, or the amount of free time you have available, there are many ways to get involved in community gardening in the City of Charles Sturt.
Community gardening offers an enormous number of cultural, social, economic and health benefits, from increasing our community’s food security*, to adding to the ecological sustainability and attractiveness of our streetscapes. Community gardening can also teach us about healthy eating and about where our food comes from.
In addition to these benefits, community gardening is a great social activity, enabling us to get to know our neighbours, meet like-minded people, and build a strong sense of community.
This webpage will help to guide you through the various community gardening initiatives taking place in the City of Charles Sturt, and help with some ideas on how to get involved.
* The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”.
There are many ways to get involved in community gardening in Charles Sturt, from joining or establishing a formal community garden, to participating in gardening and healthy eating programmes. The following questions are designed to assist you to discover the opportunities most suited to you.
I want to learn how to garden in my own backyard and how to cook my own healthy meals. Click here to see the Gardening and Healthy Eating Programs that are available across the City of Charles Sturt.
I have a garden in my backyard and I would like to know how to swap my produce and meet like-minded people. Click here for more information on Community Fruit and Vege Swaps in Charles Sturt.
I would like to get to know my neighbours and build a sense of community through establishing a shared (non-edible) garden along the street verge. Click here for information on how to establish a Verge Garden.
I love gardening and would like to grow my own veggies in a secure plot, but I don’t have any space in my backyard. I also want to get to know other gardeners. Click here for location and contact details of existing Community Gardens.
I am a member of a group of dedicated gardeners, who have the time, resources and commitment that is required to establish a new community gardening group and site. Click here for information on establishing a new Community Garden.
To find out how Council can support community gardens, click here.
The following websites are fantastic resources for anyone interested in delving into the world of community gardening. They allow you to connect with an online network of like-minded people, to keep up to date with the latest gardening-related news, and to access a vast resource of information on gardening techniques, garden designs, and community gardening advice/ideas.
Kitchen Gardens SA (an initiative of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens)