Community gardening is a proactive use for public open space and presents an important opportunity to respond to multiple community needs and potentially provide multiple community benefits, ultimately contributing to healthy, connected safe and sustainable communities.
Benefits of community gardens
Community initiatives that increase people’s access to healthy food and develop knowledge and skills about healthy eating have been identified as a priority in the Council Plan 2013-2017.
Community gardens increase health and nutrition through the cultivation and consumption of fresh produce. In addition to these benefits, community gardens also have considerable social, environmental, and cultural benefits. Community gardens can support intergenerational activity allowing young and old meaningful interactions. They can also provide an opportunity for people from diverse multicultural backgrounds to socialise, with the outcome of fostering interaction and understanding across cultures.
Community gardens can also assist with increasing food security. Food security represents a set of interrelated processes and outcomes. In general, food security may be understood as the flow of healthy and desired food throughout a system of production and supply, availability and distribution, affordability, access and consumption.
Community gardens are often associated with vibrant, active and connected communities. These qualities can also foster networking, ingenuity and new enterprise.
In recent years the local community has become increasingly familiar with the benefits of community gardens. In response to this growing interest, Council has produced a guide to assist the community to navigate the complexity of issues associated with the establishment of a community garden on Council managed land. Download your electronic copy of the guide.
These issues include determining the owner of the proposed site, risk and insurance, group governance and selection criteria for the location and design of new gardens. In December 2013 Council endorsed ‘A guide to community gardens’
Before starting a new community garden, please consider joining an existing group.
Ballarat Community Garden Inc
o Address Cnr Queen and Dyte Parade, Ballarat East
o Phone 0417 347 395
o Email firstname.lastname@example.org
o Website www.ballaratcommunitygarden.org.au
The Ballarat Community Garden enjoys a shared community space, where people grow healthy produce. It is a thriving, social group of enthusiastic gardeners.
Ballarat North Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden
o Address: 6 Crompton Street, Soldiers Hill
o Phone 53291101
o Email Alison.Demuth@salvationarmy.org
o Website www.salvationarmy.org.au/karinya
o Other details:
The Karinya Neighbourhood Garden is a shared garden where various produce is grown. Join a program to learn and share knowledge about gardening. The garden is open during business hours Tuesday - Friday 9.00am till 4.00pm
Buninyong Community Garden
o Address Buninyong Sustainability at Royal Park, 1101 Warrenheip Street, Buninyong
o Email email@example.com
o Website forp.org.au
o Other details:
Come and be a part of sustainability action: an urban orchard, garden plots, a monthly produce swap (on the 2nd Sunday). All welcome.
Learmonth Community Garden
o Address 212-218 High St (Cnr Bankin St) Learmonth
o Phone 5343 2554
o Other details
The garden comprises an orchard and exotic trees in what is hoped will become a botanical park space for all to enjoy.