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Saturday 19th May 2018- Session 1

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

11.00am - 12.30pm How can community gardens lead the way and build food secure communities?

Open Space Session

This Open Space session is proudly sponsored by the UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Join Chris Ferreira from Forever Project to create a cacophony of ideas and series of plans to raise the profile of community gardens  and their role in creating resilient and food secure communities.

The following are thoughts from this session:

“It is easier than you think to find someone on the other side of the fence who would be willing to help”.

“More multicultural community gardens and to have people of varied ethnic backgrounds, share their culinary skills”

A Question…...” How can we see our community involved?’ for example could this be a workplace garden?

“Financially we can’t be reliant on government funding”

Seed collection, Succession planning, land tenure issues and communal responsibilities are all areas where further exploration would be beneficial. Also, how to use community gardens and the outputs of these, to benefit those that need help the most.

It is important that increased interaction with local council happens. They can then be made “leaders, rather than followers of a grassroots movement”. We can all attend council meetings!!

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The WA Community Garden Network (WACGN) is an informal network of WA community gardens and their supporters. Established in 2004, the network has played a significant role in bringing together people involved in community gardens to share ideas and skills, work collaboratively and provide a voice for the community garden sector in WA.


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