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Re: Hi World - How are your community gardens?

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Hi World - How are your community gardens?
  • From: "Deborah Mills" deborah@greencure.org
  • Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 20:22:43 -0700

You go girl! These are the things that keep us all going.

Best of luck,
Deborah Mills
www.greencure.org




> Hi!
>
> I just wanted to let everyone know that our community garden at
Fisherman's
> Bend Community Centre (Melbourne, Australia) had it's first 'official'
group
> meeting this Sunday! Five families belonging to plots (there are 8 in
total
> but the last three haven't been started yet) came along and we sat and
> chatted about the site, composting, organic gardening, harvest parties
> (already)... The site is small but is being quickly transformed from a
patch
> of neglected grass into a paradise of vegies and flowers.
>
> We have decided to meet again in 4 weeks to make a whole garden design
with
> everybody taking part in the overall plan. Although plots are already
marked
> out and some have been planted, the rest of the space is still grass and
> there is exciting talk of ponds, frogs, a pocket of indigenous flora,
group
> raspberry patches, comfrey, artichokes, a herb garden, seating, potting
> table, wisteria, passionfruit... We are trying to have the local council
> donate some benches, the water company donate a water tank, and some
> nurseries donate some plants. Already we have tyres for vertical potato
and
> pumpkin beds. We also are planning to paint murals and make garden
> sculptures.
>
> It is so wonderful when people who were unknown to each other just a week
> before can sit around and plan to make a special garden, and it is so
great
> that the community centre can let us have this site to take whichever form
> chosen by a group working democratically, with everyone given the chance
to
> have their say, including under 10year-olds.
>
> The site had been neglected for many years, as many fenced in strips of
land
> around multipurpose buildings are, but already many of the local residents
> who walk past are talking to gardeners. A couple of retired ladies told me
> that they are watching the progression of each little seedling as they
grow,
> and told me which ones they like. A bus driver stops and tells me about
the
> best ways to prevent cabbage butterflies, and lots more people seem to be
> using the path by the garden as they walk home from the shops, and they
all
> say 'hi' as they go past, many saying how nice it is that a garden was
being
> planted.
>
> Very short history...
> The garden was marked out and two plots planted 6 months ago but was then
> ploughed up by a contractor who was putting in new underground pipes
> throughout the entire suburb, without telling us. We lost our first
planting
> but the work was finished in July and plots replanted in early August. Two
> months on we are now harvesting spinach, silverbeet, lettuces, bok choy.
> Broccoli and cauliflowers are just starting to head (about two inches
> across) and we have put in tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and zucchinis.
We
> are mostly planting seedlings, but plan to grow our own from heriatge seed
> from early  in the new year. We have attached ourselves as a sister site
to
> Dig In Community Garden on Williamstown Road (45 plots) and we are located
> in the fenced off area by the Fisherman's Bend Community Centre, at the
> little shopping area near the port. I am in the process of making a
website
> for both gardens and will let you know when it is up!
>
> I just wanted to share my excitement!
>
> Tamsin Salehian
>
>
> On 10/10/02 1:17 AM, "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear Friends who live outside of North America,
> >
> > My mind was blown last summer when I met community gardeners from
Sarajevo
> > who had sniper fire as one of their growing conditions. Hopefully your
> > garden conditions were nowhere near as dire. You undoubtedly have a
wealth
> > of stories to share with this listserve about your gardens and
gardeners.
> >
> > Please share your stories with us,
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Adam Honigman
> >
> > ______________________________________________________
> > The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of
ACGA's
> > services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to
find out
> > how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org
> >
> >
> > To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com
> >
> > To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription:
> > https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden
> >
>
>
> ______________________________________________________
> The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of
ACGA's services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to
find out how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org
>
>
> To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com
>
> To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription:
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>


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