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Ever dreamed of growing your own food but don’t have your own backyard? Or perhaps you’re longing for patch of green in the middle of the city? Joining a community garden may be just what you’re looking for.
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food and plants, learn organic gardening techniques and make friends in their local communities. They can be found on land owned by local government, schools, churches and housing estates.
There are two main types of community gardens
- Shared gardens where gardeners work in the whole garden, doing whatever needs doing at the time, and taking a share of what they grow
- Allotment gardens in which individuals and families have their own garden beds.
As well as gardening, many community gardens also offer a space for other community activities such as cooking and eating, farmers markets, art and music performances, and celebrations such as the solstice and equinox.
Some community gardens also provide workshops to the public on skills such as conserving water, recycling, making compost and reducing energy use in the home. And a few have even found grants to install and demonstrate renewable technologies such as solar-electric lighting, greywater systems, composting toilets and solar cookers.
For more information on community gardens or to find one in your area, please visit Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network