Are you interested in your local food security? Do you care about healthy eating ie food grown without use of herbicides and pesticides? Do you have a background in backyard / front yard food gardens? Do you want to share your knowledge? Is horticulture or permaculture part of your life skills or business acumen? Do you want to learn how to grow and even cook your own food? Do you want to meet socially with members of your local neighbourhood and chat about plants, worms, compost, fresh food, family recipes, heritage seeds, weeds and other garden / food related ideas?
A COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN CAN PROVIDE ALL THESE OPPORTUNITIES.
Logan City now has a policy which is intended, one hopes, to support the establishment of community gardens. That policy was adopted 6 December 2011. Unfortunately to date no group has managed to travel the distance to actually have a leased area of land to begin - in earnest - their community garden.
As I write this I am aware that the ELM PARK group have decided that the process does not meet their needs - and I agree. The Rochedale Charles Barton Park group have still to negotiate location with "council" before progressing, there are 2 other groups in Rochedale a group in Bethania, an ethnic community group and also CADDIES at Jimboomba which already has facilities leased from coulcil for a multitude of services for clients. The latter has almost negotiated the maze to have their application approved.
Council's documents for community gardens
If you are interested in helping to set up - or just grow some food crops for your family then a good place to start is to read the documents on council's website all together on this page.
If you have a question about community gardening in Logan please contact Council and ask to speak with the Community Development Officer for community gardens. At this point in time it is just the general council number 3412 3412.
Please also contact our group Logan_CAN Community Agriculture and Nutrition. We are developing this website to be a resource for groups starting out and for sharing our information.
Lots more to come.
Weekly workshops at St Paul's Primary School Woodridge
St Paul's Primary School Woodridge is a leading example of community gardening in Logan. The school grounds host both the school kitchen gardens and also 7 family allotment gardens.
Each Wednesday during school term David Saw Wah one of the gardeners will share his knowledge and skills with you - from in ground composting, growing in bags and other no to low cost gardening - so you too can grow your own healthy vegetables.
Community Gardens in Queensland and other like minded people
Grow-local website http://www.grow-local.com.au/ is hosted by Queensland Conservation Council to promote and encourage local food growing, buying locally grown food and sharing a calendar of events with everything from foodie events to sustainability workshops and community exhibitions. To make sure you don't miss opportunities you can subscribe to the Grow-local monthly newsletter to receive updates.
From this site there are several directories to help you locate community gardens, organizations interested in food security, suppliers. Depending on your level of interest there will be something there to explore further.
Two not yet listed on the Grow-local website are both very successful gardens. They are the Whiteman Street Community Garden, Crestmead on private land started by local resident Warren Goodlet and the combined school-community gardens at St Paul's Catholic School Woodridge where local migrant family gropus have been allocated their own plots. There may be more school, community gardens, and school-community gardens in Logan. Mable Park State High School has a multicultural garden featuring many traditional food plants of Pacific Islands. The Griffith Garden Space has many traditional African food plants as many of its gardeners are African migrants.
One of the many benefits of our multicultural community is learning about different foods and sharing wonderful taste sensations. After the growing comes harvesting cooking and sharing.
Another benefit of food and community gardens is creating productive gardens where once land was unused weedy and neglected. Such places can be cultivated with care and provide food for local residents.
If you are interested let your local Logan politican and contact our group Logan_CAN if you like assistance. We are passionate volunteers who care about our and your opportunities to grow food on council land. The image above shows a garden created by young people in another place. Our young people can do that also if given opportunity and assistance.
Logan City Council presents draft community gardening policy
Community gardening is happening globally and in most local council areas surrounding Logan City. Those of us who want to grow, learn to grow healthy food in our local areas, and share our gardening skills, will with the adoption of this proposed community gardening policy be able to access council owned / controlled land for this purpose.
Logan now is proposing to support community gardening - growing food crops to support the gardeners who havest what they sow. The 5 page draft policy can be read and /or downloaded here.