community gardens, city planning

Warwick Rowell warwick at
Sun Aug 18 05:59:31 EDT 1996

Look carefully at the area, its population, and their characteristics.

I ran a community garden for three years which had over 200 flats and 
units within three minutes walking distance of the garden, and never 
had more than twelve people involved, which dwindled rapidly to a 
average three or four.  

It is now just about rampant, as the present person in charge also
has a small house block and two kids to attend to, and the local 
primary school now has its own garden and a massive rebeautification 
program for its P&C after a major building program.

This inner city suburb was/is discovering the delights of the cafe 
life-style, with capaccinos and croissants, rather than organic veg
you've grown yourself, and birds picking your hair for their nests!

So, doing it again, I would 
1. 	Go for the NEED. 
Look for the people older, or disabled in some way, who have a 
garden, a fruit tree, a lawn they can no longer maintain, and build 
community around helping them while sharing the produce. 
2. 	Do a neighbourhood inventory.
Particularly in the older suburbs, there will be things like lemons, 
figs, mulberries, oranges, mandarins, almost going to waste.. You could
well find some heirloom varieties that you could propogate.


Since when you could make policy for motivation, awareness and interest?
The policy is to get out of the way of people taking charge of themselves.


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