Imagine a Community Garden in Dayboro.
Awesome, the initiatives are coming hard and fast, now there is an Dayboro Community Garden, and initiative by Sophie Kent.
She started off on Facebook (as you do) with asking the following questions:
- Does anyone here think we should build a communal garden in dayboro?
- A place locals can grow, swap and share food?
- A place where seeds can be swapped and different generations can spend time together?
- A place for retired, unwell or isolated/new members of the community could make friends.
- A place where children can learn where food comes from and mothers could sit peacefully and socialise and feed newborns together.
- A place where there could be different workshops like keeping chickens, composting etc?
- Because I’m happy to volunteer time and effort into making it happen for the future generations if anyone else thinks it’s a worthwhile idea?”
How “cool” (new age buzz word for fantastic”). So lets see where this leads.
Community Vegetable Garden.
There are heaps around, and a quick search on the Internet shows that several councils in the immediate area actually support this, how good is this. There is an actual organisation that can help you out with setting up a community garden. it is called ACFCGN…. What the?
What does Dayboro say?
So why is this a great idea?
- People want to grow Veggies but have no time or not the skills
- Some want to grow veggies, but find it a bit overwelming
- There are people who are not able to physically have a veggie garden
- It is a great community thing/tool, where people can come together have a chat.
There is always an oops, Dayboro is supposed to be a country town so why do people not have vegetable gardens? Well some do and they produce really nice vegetables, I think the lack of outlets or opportunity to sell fresh veggies, might be the issue that not many people know about services like:
- Dayboro Edible eXchange plus knowledge chit chat
- People like Karen McCarthy is one of the Garden Concierge services (just made that up). She comes and maintains you Veggie garden.
- and there are others.
So why the OOPS… I can see some friction coming up… perhaps a little bit of turf war…. Bit like Korea and the US…. So lets have see how I see it..
Vision with a grin.
Remember, this initiative is NOT my initiative. A community garden, although mentioned above it can compete with excising initiatives, I do think it will not and here is why.
I see a community garden to be:
- Volunteer initiative
- Great way to be outside, and get your hands dirty (which is scientifically proven to be good for wellbeing and stuff)
- Learn how to do your veggie garden, and then start your own perhaps
- Awesome space to grow fresh produce, to be sold either at the Twilight Markets or Dayboro markets
- Spot to grow flowers, how awesome would it be to get some fresh flowers on the way home…. (of course pick them up from the twilight markets or local retail outlets)
- Teach your kids that fruit and veggies are actually not perfectly round or without spots.
- Sell to the caravanners…. (I keep going back to that as they are, in my view, the “unexplored revenue stream”)
- Social events.
Some examples and information.
Department of Social Services actually has some stuff on it and to my surprise Brisbane Council as well.
Buying wholesome food (as in real veggies, not the stored stuff), and seasonal foods is not a new concept. We had veggie outlets in Dayboro before, all were out competed by IGA. It is common in business to out compete, simply to ensure your own existence. With a community garden I can see that there be more and better alternatives for people who chasing pesticide free food. Growing your own food… there is something to be said about it, but in one word it comes down to BLOODY FANTASTIC.
There are suggestions to include chickens and other stuff, have it on private land (I was initially in favor for that… but now I think the better of it). Here are some pitfalls perhaps.
- Unfortunately not everybody is trust worthy.
- Introducing animals, like chickens, a great idea but you end up with a whole different set of issues. Think about eggs (you cant sell them), think about looking after the buggers etc etc.
- Political hijacking, not only by councilors but also by management/membership (privatization of the garden or parts there off).
- Social/cultural change ensuring that members/public respect the initiative and keep it going by actually “buying” and producing.
- Soil contamination… sure it is odd, but a possibility, so you want to do some soil samples before you start digging :-).
- There will always that odd w…ker that wants to damage stuff or take what is not theirs. Putting locks on the gardens is not really a good feel, but most likely necessary.
- Some more on this from other sites.
- Rubbish like pots all over the place, with these projects they start of with a bang… but once people realize how much work it takes they tend to die out and those who stay are overwhelmed.
- Build on private land…. what if the owner sells.. then what.
- Using a bit of land that is available at childcare centers and the like, again a fantastic idea… but ownership is an issue. There are also all sorts of legal issues that can arise from that, but they can be resolved in the “constitution” (these things seem to be hard to come by…..). An example is BlueCard stuff.
- “Pi..ng Competitions” who knows more than whom, about how to fertilize and the like.
All above are easy to overcome, along you set out a set of rules like a constitution and the like. That is where you can start weeding out the good and the bad, it is something to fall back on if any of the above will occur.
So where to put this thing?
Two places I would put them….
- Tullamore Park (and yes, the irony is not lost on me) I believe it is council land. Personally I think it is the best, as “facilities” are close by like toilets.
- End of heathwood St, there is a footpath there… perhaps an option, but that is private land I think.
- Just of Millbrook st behind the tennis courts…. But that is private land as well.
Why so close to town?
Kinda simply two reasons, one is that people do not have to hop in the car to get there, they do not need to create additional facilities like toilets etc. and it is CLOSE TO TOWN so you can hop in to get a cuppa. Close to town also means that you can invite the local “chefs” of the restaurants to grab their veggies from the garden. (or sell them at a low price). All good for the environment.
Close to Town means, close to market and means…….. bring DAYBORO ALIVE….
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