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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.
SUSTAINABLE EDIBLE EDUCATION DAY
Snakebean Community Food Garden, 19 October 2013. 9 – 2 pm
Snakebean Community Food Garden and Darwin Garden Education Network (DGEN) is excited to announce the inaugural Sustainable Edible Education Day (SEED).
Sustainable Edible Education day brings together people from the community who are engaged in all aspects of school gardening to share wisdom, experience and skills.
Members of community gardens, school gardens, administrators, educators, parents and sustainable food advocates are invited to participate in SEED, to be held at the Snakebean Community Garden on Saturday 19 October 2013, 9 am – 2 pm.
The DGEN is an informal, community-based group of volunteers linking people interested in community and school gardening across Darwin and the Top End.
Through working together we have enabled the community and school gardens to grow much faster than if we were working separately. Our hope is that the day will inspire others to participate in the sustainable transformation of our schools and our community into greener, thriving, healthier places to live.
The one-day gathering consists of a variety of workshops:
- hands-on workshops
- presentation of projects or ideas
- discussion circle to explore sustainable edible education and directions.
This is a unique opportunity to meet other school gardens practitioners from around our area, learn from their achievements, and together explore the role of school gardens in helping to bring about a more sustainable future.
Visit seed-darwin.weebly.com for more information and registration.
Snakebean Community Garden & Darwin Garden Education Network
The September edition of RIG News is out now.
By moving to a quarterly newsletter, we aim to bring you longer features on particular types of food gardens, projects and enterprises and to complement RIG News with more regular, short RIG Updates about news of events and resources that readers will find useful to ‘know now’.
In this edition:
- Leading off, the Deadly Awards – Congratulations to Gerry Turpin for winning the inaugural Deadly Award for a Scientist or Science Project of the Year
- The Indigenous Knowledge Forum (IKF) – research on biodiversity and intellectual property law and policy issues and their impacts on peoples rights.
- Aquaponics training and practical projects in Alice Springs
- Special Feature - School garden programs underway across remote Australia, including:
- Tjuntjuntjara students and their book ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ star at the Opera House
- Wiluna School and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
- Costa’s visit to Fingal Head Public School’s Dreamtime Pathway and Bush Tucker Garden
- The EduGrow School Garden Awards
- The EON Foundation’s ‘Grow Em ‘Up’ Fund
- …and more,including the Youth Eco Summit at the Sydney Olympic Park that schools can freely video conference in to join in
- And a snapshot of coming events, courses, conferences and resources.
To read RIG News CLICK HERE or visit the RIG News page under Resources.
The No-Mower Food Grower’s Guide. Designing Edible Landscapes for the Wet-Dry tropics.
Flagged in June RIG News, this new gardening design guide now available to download from the RIG website – from the Gardening Resources page.
This comprehensive ‘how to’ guide will take you through a simple design process to create edible landscapes, working with nature and a minimum of physical effort. Authored by Wendy Seabrook, John Brisbin and Roger Goebel, the guide is particularly suited to NQLD environs but includes many principles and design strategies that can be applied in many areas and a range of gardens and farms of different types and sizes.
The publication was made possible through the Healthy Communities Bloomfield Track Initiative funded by the Australian Government and supported by Cook Shire Council and the Gungarde Community Centre. Permission to share the guide via the RIG site kindly provided by Cook Shire council.