Community Gardens

Fern Ave Community Garden

The City of Unley leases the Fern Avenue Community Garden to a community group to grow fruit and vegetables and meet in a straw bale building to learn about organic gardening.

All residents are welcome to apply for one of the available plots for cultivation, although the plots are very popular and a waiting list may apply. Gardeners are asked to refrain from using chemical pesticides or fertilisers on their plot to fit in with the garden's organic ethos.

The garden hosts a straw bale building that was built by volunteers where organic gardening courses are held regularly throughout the year. The courses include a broad range of topics including pest control, plant propagation, soil preparation, composting and companion planting.

The garden also hosts a composting toilet that operates along similar principles to home compost bins and requires no water for flushing.

The garden is open to visitors on Thursdays, 9am-11am. Working bees are arranged on the second Saturday or Sunday of the month. The garden closes if the temperature is more than 35 degrees.

For information about the Organic Gardening Courses, please contact Janet Fensom from Alternative 3 by phoning 8379 8941.

For further information or to find out how to get involved contact Cecile Storrie on 8274 1156 or oranhinga@internode.on.net or Jill Skopal on 8271 5430 or jillskopal@adam.com.au.

 

The Goody Patch

The Goody Patch is located at 12-12A Surrey Street, Goodwood.

Visit the Goody Patch Community Garden website.

 

Morrie Harrell Reserve

In 2012, more than 40 local residents, elected members and Council staff joined together to plant 71 fruit and nut trees in Morrie Harrell Playground reserve. The trees includes stone fruit, citrus fruit, apples, pears, mulberries, walnut, macadamia, almond, chestnut and guava trees.

For a relatively small start-up cost, this innovative trial increases local food security and reduces the impact of the rising costs of fresh produce on the local community. Reflecting our Food Security Strategy, and supported by our Community Sustainability Advisory Group, this is considered to be a new way to engage with public space - a productive landscape ideally suited to social exchange.

This trial was borne from community-minded individuals "thinking outside the square" and believing such a trial may potentially be more beneficial than simply replacing those removed specimens with something similar. This is not considered to be a formal, fenced and exclusive community garden, instead the fruit and nuts produced by these trees belong to the community and anyone accessing the reserve can share in it.

By involving the community from the initial planning stages, through the planting and maintaining of the trees it is hoped that the local community feel ownership of the site and will be interested in increasing their own ability to look after the site and also grow food in their own gardens.

We'll monitor the success of this trial and will work with the community to increase awareness of food security issues within the City of Unley and to build local expertise for maintaining the fruit and nut trees.