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The new guide can be freely downloaded from the NEW Gardens Guide page. If you’d like a hard copy please contact Anthea.
Commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, this new guide is a useful tool for anyone planning a new garden or place-making project or looking to re-energise existing food and other garden projects in remote areas.
The guide contains useful building blocks to start small and build successful gardens. It features a variety of garden options that include:
- Household gardens
- Homeland gardens, farms and orchards
- School gardens, farms and orchards
- Demonstration gardens
- Community gardens
- Cultural gardens
- Healing and therapeutic gardens
- Community owned market-gardens, farms and orchards
- Landscaping and plantings for environmental health
- Community nurseries
- Aquaponic and hydroponic systems
- Programs for people, placemaking and pleasure.
Each garden’s design benefits, challenges and opportunities are discussed, and a helpful list of references is provided. Design considerations that can help in the planning of sustainable garden projects are presented in five inter-related parts:
- Natural resources
- Community ownership – participatory planning and design
- Social and cultural factors
- Technical considerations
- Strategic project planning and management
Warm thanks to everyone who helped to develop and publish the guide! Anthea
Visit the Gardening Resources page to access the revamped Club Veg planting guide for the Cooktown area.
Kindly provided by David Cass from Cooktown District Community Centre. Thanks David!
An initiative of Lakeside Drive Community Garden, The Mulch Pit and AWEganic Gardens
About the workshops:
Each workshop will include in-depth theory & discussions with practical demonstrations. The information presented in the workshops is totally top end centric and climactically appropriate. Handouts containing detailed information and illustrations will be provided for each participant. The workshops will be held at Lakeside Drive Community Garden and The Mulch Pit at Nightcliff Uniting Church.
Each workshop is separate, and participants can choose which workshop(s) they would like to attend. However the workshops also run as a series and participants can attend as many workshops as they like.
Dates, topics & locations:
The workshops will be run on Saturdays & Sundays from 28th September to 26th October. They will run from 3pm to 6pm, with an afternoon tea included. Please arrive at 2.45pm so that we can meet and greet and sort out payments before the 3pm start.
Workshop 1 – Introduction to Permaculture: Saturday September 28th – The Mulch Pit
Workshop 2 – Soils & Natural Fertilizers (Part I): Sunday September 29th - Lakeside Drive Community Garden
Workshop 3 – Soils & Natural Fertilizers (Part II): Saturday October 5th – The Mulch Pit
Workshop 4 – Garden Design & Water Management: Saturday October 12th – Lakeside Drive Community Garden
Workshop 5 – Seed Saving & Plant Propagation: Sunday October 13th - Lakeside Drive Community Garden
Workshop 6 – Pest & Weed Management: Sunday October 20th – Lakeside Drive Community Garden
Workshop 7 – Chickens: Saturday October 26th – The Mulch Pit
Workshop costs: Each workshop is $30. Attend 3 or more and each workshop is $20.
Attendance: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Lachlan McKenzie on 0407 168 200 to express your interest.