Sunday 20th May 2018

8.30 - 9.00am Gathering Together Again Sharing Posters, Banners & Coffee

9.00 - 9.15am Welcome Back in the Barn

9.15-9.45am Plenary 1 Josie Boyle

Josie is an acclaimed storyteller, singer and visual artist who for many years has entertained people with stories from her Wongutha heritage.

We are very honoured to have Josie Boyle come share time with us.  You will be touched and changed by her presentation.  Read more about Josie at this link

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9.45-10.45am Indigenous Concepts Panel including bush tucker

First Nations’ peoples have always cared for Country and only taken what is needed and shared. We take inspiration from their long standing practices of caring and sharing.

Panel Session

  1. Josie Boyle 

  2. Mark Tucek (Tucker Bush)

  3. Marissa Verma (Bindi Bindi Dreaming)

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  5. Details to come

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9.15-9.45am Plenary 2 Costa Georgiadis

Mystery Presentation

Costa Georgiadis is Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network Ambassador  and Australia’s leading celebrity garden personality extraordinaire! He'll make you laugh, give you pause for thought and energise you with his infectious passion and enthusiasm.

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9.45 - 10.45am Commmunity Gardens as sites for Sustainability

"We don't need a revolution we need an evolution" Thom Scott

Panel Session


Join Costa and a panel of Western Australians as they share big ideas about the possibilities of Community Gardens as an antidote to unsustainable madness


  1. Graham McAlpine (Perth Natural Resource Management)

  2. Brad Pettit (Mayor of Fremantle)

  3. Rosanne Scott (Chair of the Board Perth City Farm)

  4. Carla Weir (Gaia's Organic Gardens)

  5. Susan Bailey (Kind Spaces and UWA)

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10.45-11.15am Morning Tea

Join Costa and volunteer groups in an Open Space session to explore big ideas and develop plans about how we can excite, motivate and get people to stay involved in Community Gardens.

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11.15am -12.30pm The Low Down on Soil

"Soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of all." Wendell Berry

Trellis Session: Concepts and Capacities

  1. Lyn Abbott (UWA Emeritus Professor/Senior Honorary Research Fellow)

  2. Ellen Walker (EarthWhile Australia, Byford Glades Community Garden)

  3. John McBain (Sustainable Urban Nutrition)

  4. Brent Burns (Landsave Organics)

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12.30-1.30pm Lunch



1.30 - 3.00pm Ethics in the Garden. Poisons, Profits and People

Facilitated Dialogue

  1. Claudia Laviolette (Duncraig Edible Garden)

  2. Nin Kirkham (UWA Discipline Chair Philosophy)

  3. John McBain (President Australian City Farm Community Garden Network)

  4. Noala Degasperis (Permaculturalist)

  5. Janelle Atkinson (Joondanna Community Garden)

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1.30 - 3.00 pm Financial Security and Abundance

"Abundance is not something we acquire. It's something we tune into." - Wayne Dyer

Trellis Session: Concepts and Capacities

  1. Katrina Stratton (Curtin, UWA, Wanslea)

  2. Peg Davies (Earthwise)

  3. Kathleen Burton (CEO Perth City Farm)

  4. Thom Scott (President Trillion Trees)

  5. Confirmation coming

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3.00 - 4.30pm A Call to Sow* with Costa

including afternoon tea

In this celebration, you'll have the opportunity to decide what seeds you want the network to sow. There will be laughs galore, music, prizes and maybe even some dancing.  

(*not a call to arm)