Community Kitchen Gardens Project
Supporting community gardens to flourish across South Australia.
What is a community kitchen garden?
A community kitchen garden is one that grows mainly edible plants, such as vegetables, fruit, herbs etc.
There is a wide variety of gardens and they can include:
- individual and communal plots
- in-ground and raised garden beds
- an orchard
- flowers and native plants.
Gardens can also provide a hub for other activities, such as:
- group working bees
- workshops to learn about gardening and cooking
- open days for visitors.
Here’s a couple of examples to whet your appetite
- Walyo Yerta Community Garden Gathering
- Fern Avenue Community Garden.
What is the Community Kitchen Gardens Project about?
Through involving people in community gardens, the project is all about encouraging and supporting community members to grow, gather and share food together.
It’s also about inspiring people to eat healthily, especially by eating more fruit and vegetables as they grow their own food.
The program is also closely linked with efforts to support gardens in schools and early-years places like childcare centres and preschools. And, there’s even a longer-term plan to build a brand new kitchen garden in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens itself.
Ultimately, the program seeks to further increase the number of productive and viable community gardens across the state.
What support is there for community gardens through the project?
Firstly, there’s a project officer based at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide who works closely with local councils, the Natural Resources Management Board and others.
As well as the project officer, regional community gardening networks and hubs are being established throughout the state, with the first four being set up in metropolitan Adelaide – North, Central, South and Hills.
Network meetings are attended by local councils, gardeners, staff from health and community organisations and others involved in community gardens. They’re a great way of sharing success, local planning and problem solving.
Where can I find a community garden?
There are more than 50 community gardens across the state. Check the South Australian Community Gardening Directory or contact your local council to find out if there is one near you.
Where can I get more information?
First of all, have a look at:
- The Kitchen Garden Initiative of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide webpage. It has information about:
- The best way for new gardens to establish themselves and attract volunteers
- How existing community gardens attain long-term sustainability
- Events and activities in South Australian community gardens
- Stories from local gardens and those further afield
- Resources to inspire gardens and gardeners.
- The How to start and nurture a community garden of the publication Growing community: Starting and nurturing community gardens, Government of South Australia, 2010
- The annotated bibliography (PDF 657KB) of community gardening related publications, 2nd Edition 2010, Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network.
Further information can also be found at:
- Community Centres SA website
- Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, which connects and advocates for community gardens. It has information on starting a community garden, news and updates about community gardens around the country and links to more resources. Join their mailing list to draw on the wisdom of hundreds of community gardeners
- The American Community Gardening Association, which has start up information and resources, links, and access to publications
- The Canadian City Farmer website for extensive information and links about urban agriculture and community gardening.