Over the last year there have been several blogs on the Affordable Gardening Kits project being run by members of the Sustainable Communities SA Unley groups. With the project now completed they have put together a how to do it document for any other groups who are interested in doing a similar project in their council area.
Peter Croft from the Unley Group writes:
“This document sets out the main steps taken by Sustainable Communities SA – Unley groups in 2012 -2013 to investigate, then implement, a proposal for affordable gardening kits. The key foci of the proposal were:
- to support steps being taken in the Unley community to grow more food locally
- to target, particularly, members of the Unley community who had limited capability to grow some of their own food and provide them with the means of doing so
- to strengthen capacity for resilience in the Unley community based on common interest in growing food.
These goals are set against a background that includes:
You can read the full document here.
by Anne Wharton
This morning I attended the launch of the new Zero Waste website www.sharensave.com.au, held at The Gums Reserve, Tranmere. It was accompanied by the launch of the Campbelltown Community Produce Swap. It was great to see several SCSA members there.
Minister for the Environment, Ian Hunter, launched the website and noted previous positive environmental initiatives in SA, particularly the Container Deposit Legislation (SA was the first state to introduce such legislation many years ago); also the introduction of a fee on plastic bags sold in supermarkets.
As Australian housing blocks become smaller, more Australians are seeking information about how to grow a successful food garden in a small space. Two members of the Joslin Sustainable Communities group have generously agreed to share their experiences growing fruit and vegetables in small areas.
The first, David, has a highly productive courtyard vegetable patch. He regularly attends Essential Edibles Urban Orchard with a large quantity of beautiful produce, from silverbeet to tomatoes, broad beans to broccoli. You can read an article about his garden and his tips for success at Our Red House blog.
A second Joslin group member, Andrew, has a shady, tree-filled garden garden that precludes a ground level vegetable patch. His solution? Andrew grows his vegetables on the roof of his house.
An article Andrew wrote about his roof-top vegetable garden for ReNew, the magazine of the Alternative Technology Association can be read here.
The large group of about 30 people broke up into groups to talk about setting up a swap and share and a community garden in the Campbelltown area and to encourage verge gardens. Enthusiasm, ideas contacts and plans were freely shared.
Essential Edibles, Joslin Reserve