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Australian Community Gardening National Conference March 6 - 92006

  • Subject: [cg] Australian Community Gardening National Conference March 6 - 92006
  • From: claire fulton spiral@senet.com.au
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 14:40:52 +1030

Dear all,

for the first time, Adelaide will be hosting the Australian national
community gardening conference in 2006.

Here are the details of the conference, a lead up event focusing on
gardens in schools. Further info, registration forms,  flyers and
posters are available at www.communitygarden.org.au.

best wishes

2006 National Community Gardening Conference

The 3rd Annual Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
National Gathering

Putting down roots

Adelaide, March 6  9 2006

The Conference

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network annual
conference is a unique opportunity for community gardeners (and those
who would like to be) to learn from each others experiences, support
and develop their practice, and renew their connection with the
vibrant and growing national (and international) movement theyre a
part of.


The Conference begins on the evening of Monday 6th March 2006, with a
welcome, dinner, and evening of stories, photo journeys, and short
films from gardens around the country.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, community gardeners and other experts will
share stories, resources and knowledge about growing plants and
communities. There will be workshops to inspire novice and veteran
community gardeners alike, with streams for
people setting out to start a community garden
people growing, developing, and sustaining community garden projects
professionals interested in using community gardening as part of
their health, education, community, or environment work.
There will also be opportunities to get your hands dirty with
practical activities, and plenty of space in between for relaxed
networking, checking out displays, and walks with the koalas! Or if
youre a littleun, you might like to hang out in the childrens
space and join in the kids workshops.

On Thursday, well set out in convoy to explore some of Adelaides
established and emerging community gardens.

Full program details will be available on the website from late
January 2006.

This years theme

The theme for this years Conference is Putting Down Roots.

For many of us, community gardens are places where we put down roots
and connect: to community, to our food source, and to place, whether
in a new country, or in a neighbourhood weve dwelled in for years.

The theme reflects the way community gardening is taking root in
Australia, with gardens in more communities, and increasing
recognition and appreciation for their many joys and benefits.

Weve also chosen Putting down roots to focus on the ways community
gardens, individually and collectively, can put down stronger
taproots to develop deeply nourishing and strengthening practices
to sustain our vision and work.

The Venue

The Conference will be a residential retreat in a lovely bushland
setting in the Adelaide Hills, 25 minutes from the city.
Accommodation is basic and comfortable, either in 6  8 bed dorm
rooms with en suite toilets, or in your own tent or van. The venue
has beautiful walks, swimming hole, and meeting spaces.


Attendance is by prior registration and payment only. We suggest your
book early to avoid missing a place. Registrations close on 20th
February 2005. Please use the registration form attached, or download
one from www.communitygarden.org.au. Further details and directions
will be sent upon registration.

Costs include accommodation, tours, and delicious local organic food.

Bunkhouse accommodation


Government, business, professionals



Community members



Concession/ low income


Children 4 - 15


Single day registrations are also available.

Further information

More details, including transport options and full program details
will be available as released at the Australian City Farms and
Community Gardens Network website: www.communitygarden.org.au

Why not extend your stay to join in the exciting events before and
after the conference, like the Learning in the Garden school
gardening seminar on March 4  5. Visit website for details.

You can register your interest by emailing ceres.sa@gmail.com and
well send you regular updates.

For other enquiries, email ceres.sa@gmail.com, or phone (08) 8411 4893.



CERES South Australia

Permaculture Association of South Australia
Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
SA Community Gardening Network


Learning in the Garden

Adelaide, March 4  5 2006

A seminar for teachers, parents, education students, and principals
interested in eating the classroom!

The Learning in the Garden Seminar will be a weekend of
presentations, workshops, networking, and garden tours, with special
guests including
Stephanie Alexander (chef, author, Collingwood College Kitchen Garden
patron, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation )
Carolyn Nuttall (pioneering school garden educator, author of A
Children's Food Forest )
Jude Fantion (co-founder, Seed Savers' Network and about to launch a
seed-to-seed school garden program)

Whether you have a garden established in your school, or you dream of
transforming your schoolyard into an edible delight, this seminar
will provide plenty of inspiration, ideas and practical information.
Professional development certification is available for teachers.

The Seminar Program

On Saturday morning, our three special guests will share their
passion for gardening in schools, and describe the many benefits they
have witnessed.

Participants will be able to chose from a range of breakout workshop
and presentation sessions, covering curriculum links, garden design,
community engagement, using gardens for health promotion, outdoor
education, and much more.

On Sunday, we'll set out to visit a range of the kitchen gardens
established in Adelaide schools. Smell the flowers, meet the
teachers, and explore some of the possibilities first hand. After a
special afternoon tea from the garden, we'll focus on sharing
information and resources among Seminar participants, and developing
ongoing support networks.

A full program will be available from www.communitygarden.org.au in
late January.

Why learn in the garden?

Children all over the world are gardeners. They plant and harvest
food, take care of animals, and have fun as they learn
Garden experiences reinforce classroom curriculum and offer
opportunities to integrate curriculum across subject areas
Gardens provide a context for understanding seasonality, ecological
processes, and life cycles
Students learn about where food really comes from and the role of
food in life
Healthy eating is encouraged, as students grow, taste, and learn to
prepare a variety of fresh produce
Food gardens offer opportunities to honor the cultures comprising the
school community
Gardens invite community involvement in schools  a way of engaging
parents, neighbours, volunteers, and community businesses.
Children work cooperatively on real tasks, make decisions, carry out
plans, and celebrate their accomplishments
In the garden, students who struggle in classroom settings can shine
in unexpected ways.


Attendance is by prior registration and payment only.
Full registration is $75/ $45 concession for the full weekend. Day
rates are also available.
Registration forms are available to download from
www.communitygarden.org.au or email ceres.sa@gmail.com.au to be
emailed or posted a copy.

For further information

Visit   www.communitygarden.org.au
Email ceres.sa@gmail.com
Phone (08) 8411 4893


The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South
Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
The Food Forest
Australian Association for Environmental Education (SA)
Permaculture Association of SA

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