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Resource – Role 1 outcomes from the workshop at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on food, 28 May

Posted in Events, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on June 16th, 2008

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems, VicUrban led a discussion / role play on how developers could contribute to productive gardening in estates. The audience consisted of 78 knowledgeable sustainable food enthusiasts who provided some very interesting feedback. Please find the raw data of the first of three role’s below.

Gardening Communities :What can a developer do to facilitate a productive gardens culture?

Role #1 – You are a person who has just moved into the development. What would you want to find there to support your involvement in productive gardening?

  • Space for community gardens and composting of market gardens, etc.
  • High quality soil
  • Information on food growing
  • Shared tools
  • Room for private gardens
  • Intergrating business to support gardening such as nurseries
  • Space orientation to sunlight, good placement of buildings to avoide unusable space
  • Rainwater tanks on every building
  • New home: garden patch fully established with recycled water & instructions on website that provides info on future plantings & posts & where to go to get seeds + sell surplus produce
  • Also tools & soils & how to grow
  • Access to people who have garden info expereince & samples of fresh food to taste & estimate of cost of water and carbon sink (?)
  • Community meeting space, community website for new residents to visit to see where to go for support, where to begin, like minded people, etc.
  • Community shed with tools etc for people to borrow
  • Involve local schools – children to teach/ involve parents
  • Sidewalks
  • Grey & blackwater systems built into houses
  • Collection systems for rooftop water
  • Space for a community garden & accommodation for animals
  • Space for individual gardens
  • Shared shed with tools for residents
  • Fruit trees planted around the development
  • Access land & water (regular water) & sun
  • Point of contact for information – demonstration garden
  • Acces to utillities?
  • Area for animals
  • Experimental garden area plotting
  • Community compost
  • Community space/ center
  • Water harvesting
  • Food/ seeding/ people swap program
  • Soil improvement/ produce gardening workshops
  • Commmunal orchid
  • Chooks and ducks
  • Developer puts in raised vege patch in
  • Less shade-causing structures – food production needs sun
  • Trellis set up for deciduous shade
  • Less fencing so we share more
  • Natural wetland
  • Windmills and solar – passive solar
  • 2 systems for water – drinkable & other uses

'Productive Garden' by GNR8R

  • good soil
  • a non-potable water supply or system inbuilt for watering
  • regulations & permission to grow what I want
  • a display/ informative area explaining what to grow seasonably, earth types, containers, worm farms, companion growing to eliminate herbicides, watering systems
    ‘helping each other programs to initially install the heavy stuff (earth moving/ water tank installation)
  • infrastructure – urban stormwater drains to capture & nourish gardens
  • body corporate for major maintenance
  • virutal gardening (website)
  • space & storage sheds for equipment
  • community centre of garden resource centre & community kitche, someone with knowledge about gardening
  • different sized plots for different abilities
  • space for shared equipment – gardening co-op
  • infrastructure to ensure adequate water
  • display garden to motivate people
  • set up gardening group & website
  • developer to do major works to start up “virtual garden”
  • have a demonstration site in each block of houses – with information as to soil prepartation and typical vegetable range
  • availability of good nursery – well stocked with absolutely everything needed, sleepers, soil compost tools & quality plants and seeds along with hands on advice to enable good results
  • space allocated for each dwelling & in shared areas within the design framework as a first principle
  • skill sharing between residents – how to preserve
  • the light is secure
  • the water is secure
  • regular community meetings to share food (nightly)
  • locally sourced bake off
  • collective toolshed/ tool swapping
  • collective compost space
  • before you arrive tell them what fruit trees you want
  • onsite resource for knowledge, enthusiasm, $ help to set-up
  • service provider for set up phase
  • infrastructure for water collection as part of development design
  • community waste management system – composting
  • communal tools
  • how to guide
  • communal chooks
  • access to water
  • water storage
  • communal composting
  • roster system to help build community
  • education and workshops on how to grow certain things
  • water tank
  • climate information
  • growing information for edible plants
  • check soil is not contaminated
  • inform reliable local sources of plants eg. Seeds
  • grey water system
  • water tank from every roof top
  • climate stats
  • clean soil
  • information on how to grow edible plants
  • water recycle
  • community garden space
  • discount on house / land package if agree to grow produce
  • rooftop growing & incentive to do this
  • solar & wind energy production
  • advice re environmentally friendly organic growing
  • developer needs commitment to corporate social responsibility!
  • Neighbourhood house which offered gardening education with a community kitchen shared surplus/ neighbourhood harvest exchange system
  • Shared tools & gardening resources
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Solar panels
  • Grey water irrigation
  • Expertise: website info/ training
  • Equipment to hire/ buy
  • Safe and productive soil
  • Expertise – local website, training program
  • Garden group
  • Equipment to hire, material & productive soil – safe soil
  • Composting & water infrastructure – communal
  • Expertise – local website
  • No rubble
  • Water/ beds
  • Shared back gardens
  • Space & orientation of garden
  • Leave some established vegetation
  • Nearby supplies & advice
  • Indigenous nursery
  • Connect to local community via local food – neighbourhood visit with food, street market
  • First questions is when theyre choosing WHERE to buy / move – MARKET the whole package to get residents who WANT this kind of thing, discourage those who dont
  • Demonstration gardens
  • Also market environmental benefits
  • Water tanks/ water recycling information
  • Information on where to buy / get seeds, climate, guidance on gardening
  • Know that the soil is healthy/ clean
  • Rain tanks
  • No water restrictions
  • Demon gardens – connect groups / neighbours
  • Chickens (no roosters)
  • Food cooking & use of ‘produce
  • Hire Jims urban farm franchise
  • Grey water recycling
  • Contract for food production
  • Incentive for garden roofs in inner city redevelopments
  • Block acces to land, water and sun
  • Rainwater & greywater systems/ recycling systems & blackwater (biolytix)
  • Associated infrastructure
  • Community gardens & shared resources
  • Shared learning & action – permablitz
  • Space for diversity of urban ag
  • Community garden – demo
  • Design accreditation to permaculture zones
  • Shared space / common property
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • Community space
  • Education on using third pipe, greywater use
  • Place for gardeners to meet
  • Community supported agriculture – farm to supply food
  • Free venue to meet like minded gardeners of all ages & abilities
  • Group buying power for tools/ resources
  • Supportive groups
  • Land with good sun & access to water – system to use greywater tanks
  • A community gardener & contact list
  • Animal shelters
  • Community garden is walking distance
  • Cooperative land ownership
  • Recycled water access
  • Paid horticulturalist who manages it
  • Agricultural aspect – self sufficient economically
  • Community space
  • Sufficient water catchment
  • Professional support
  • Physical resources at hand – land, water,correct landscape design talking into account sun, wind
  • Intellectual motivation & support – build momentum & provide catalyst for community development
  • Incentive to develop sthe landscape for community development in mutuallly beneficial ways
  • Manager
  • Design – energy rating, storm water, interaction, water
  • Dedicate space to garden
  • Info for solar design
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Spaces to facilitate community interaction
  • Infractructure to ensure sustainable / efficient water supply
  • Display garden to inspire people to join
  • Existing management or group structure to facilitate gardeners and gardening
  • Gardening website/ virtual garden
  • Space to meet, store & share equipment
  • Hiring or sharing scheme for big equipment
  • A community centre with gardening resources
  • Communal tools / communal kitchen
  • Shared produce area/ preserving equipment
  • Land – open space
  • No fences – all shared land
  • Water infrastructure
  • Tool library
  • Area coordinator
  • Community hub / distribution systems
  • Seed bank / greenhouse for cutting and having these limited in other areas
  • Link in other developments and their gardens
  • Positioning – sun
  • Water catchment, recycling
  • Like minded community
  • Advantages on over compelling incentives, eg. Water (?)
  • Rainwater tanks, grey water systems
  • Club with resident gardeners
  • Community garden / demonstration garden
  • Shared plots
  • Duck & chooks
  • Community orchard
  • Access to land / space to grow
  • Productive, fertile land
  • Water source and access to water (clean, recycled)
  • The right to grow (no regulations preventing this)
  • Access to information at growing – opportunities for skills development
  • A community actively involved in / open to local food production
  • Systems to gain water
  • Education of soil quality, what grows best, pruning advice
  • Space & drainage to garden, unfenced shared communal areas
  • Orchards
  • Waste mangement & integrated water
  • Like minded people
  • Accesss to mulch locally
  • There needs to be easily accessible info to show you where & how & maybe demonstration gardens
  • A community food coop group – sharing tools, space & produce
  • Community garden waste / recycling
  • Water recycling & tanks (2 or 3) in each home plus a very large tank
  • Soils improvement workshops / gardening programs
  • Community space / central plot
  • Food plants/ swap
  • No fences
  • Windmills & solar panels
  • Community meeting / hub of info
  • Space & plot
  • Expertise – direction on how to start
  • Notice board
  • Community kitchens/ school garden / a cerse type organisation in the community
  • A permaculture specialist who can help plan/ design a productive garden suited to individual household needs… but also planning for sharing rather than every house having a lemon tree
  • Land/ space for chooks, etc
  • Water efficiency planning – water tanks catching all excess water
  1. water
  2. spcaace
  3. composting
  4. INCENTIVES
  5. Free workshops – perma garden, north facing
  6. Energy – wind, etc.
  • Local/ state/ national buying groups for tools, seeds, etc
  • Supportive community
  • Spaces to grow food – within private plots & shared spaces
  • Solid food network – tools – kitchens
  • Supportive community group
  • A ‘how to kit and visit from council to advise
  • Acces to Jims seedbank
  • Community centres with garden and community kitchens and chook pens
  • Shed and tools accesssible = 800 metres
  • Space
  • Housing design is appropriate or not build on best farming soil
  • Water tank
  • Grey water system
  • Fruit trees
  • Roof strength to support roof top garden
  • Workshop / community food coops
  • Shared tool coops eg. Lockable shelters on public land
  • Space for trailing new produce & for education
  • Access to recycled water fro sustainble growh (with appropriate treatment)
  • Fertile soil
  • Permaculture – education
  • Room for gardens
  • Permablitz style community
  • These areas need to be masterplanned into the development. This cannot be left to our conservation areas
  • Streetscapes
  • social network
  • community gardens
  • community food coops
  • certified kitchen
  • shared tools system
  • space for a garden – with a variety of plants and flowers – each house
  • plot with sun, acces to water – at least
  • recycled water system connected to garden
  • community garden officer
  • community garden shed
  • space for chickens and animals
  • communal gardening area with plots permenantly connected to properties
  • allotments
  • I would like someone to come to my door, help me to design my garden, give me the seeds and knowledge
  • Guides to indigenous plants to the area
  • Communal land for gardening
  • Allotments
  • Council involvement via free compost and mulch
  • LETS system
  • Community grey water systems
  • Before: Planninng regs that allow chooks, etc.
  • Demonstration homes with food gardens
  • 1:wise building methods that dont leave builders rubble!
  • Leave remnant vegetation
  • No shading – orientation of garden
  • Advice/ garden centres / council nursery
  • Reconsider land ownership
  • Significant proportion held in ‘a commons – revisit idea of commons
  • Horticultural infrastructure – opportunities for range cultural productions
  • Opportunities for commercial production
  • Would like substantial land held by communal land trust. Rates set incentives.
  • Existing infrastructure (agricultural star (?)) and expertise
  • Retailer – nursery
  • Available space, eg. Plots
  • Notice board/ entry point to others
  • School gardens
  • Edible fruitscapes
  • Retail shop for gardening equipment
  • School gardens
  • Community group providing help with how to garden
  • PLOTS AND SPACE FOR GARDENS!!!!
  • CERES!
  • Gardening groups
  • Edible street scapes
  • Community kitchen
  • FUNDED BY DEVELOPER!!
  • Having the required tools to cultivate & maintain the gardens would be intially important
  • Enthusiasm from fellow community memebers and education on sustainable and productive gardening

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