Seems Darebin Council has the community gardening bug.
These articles ("A city of farmers" and "Garden Contest boosts health push") from the Preston Leader 14th April 2010 detail plans to boost community gardening activities in the Darebin area.
A city of farmers
Council | Nic Price
14 Apr 2010
DAREBIN Council is considering a push to put more fruit and vegetables on dinner tables and have more produce grown in backyards. Councillors want less emphasis on meat and among proposals is an annual garden competition. They are considering spending...read more...
Also of interest is the accompanying article:
Garden contest boosts health push
14 Apr 2010
A GRANT for existing community gardens to educate the public, including schools ($15,000 a year); COUNCIL education programs, including teaching low-income and ethnic groups to use seasonal produce ($10,000); and, AN ANNUAL produce competition,...read more...
Vegie gardens for all
Fresh food | Nic Price
21 Apr 2010
THEY’RE busy harvesting the last of the summer crop at the Sprout community garden in Thornbury. From the plots come tomatoes, pumpkins, basil, spinach, lettuces, peppers and chillies, and eggplants. And into the newly emptied beds are sown the winter... read more...
Perhaps Moreland can team up with Darebin and create a community gardening belt across the northern suburbs?
Does anyone have experience of these gardens? What's good about them? What could be done better?
Darebin has 38% of back yards growing produce. What % of Moreland yards are farming?
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Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).
Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
- To bring people together.
- To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
- To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
- To encourage sustainable gardening
- To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food