• Knowledge Harvesters

Sunday 20th May 2018- Session 1&2/Plenary 1 & 2

Updated: Feb 13, 2019

9.45 - 10.45am Commmunity Gardens as sites for Sustainability

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

Panel Session

combined with

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)

  4. Details to come

  5. Details to come

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)

​What's one thing that challenged your thinking?

Costa described how your habit becomes your reputation and your reputation becomes your culture.

Sue explained that when we are a collective rather than individual gardeners everyone benefits.

Brad explained that sometimes it's important for local government to just get out of the way and working alongside the community and be innovative. Brad recommended that people use common sense and go for it, in terms of things like verge planting, the ban has now been lifted.

What's one thing you would like to know more about?

WALGA runs seminars for community gardens to educate them and is an opportunity to share what works and what doesn't work. This also stops councils from reinventing the wheel. Councils can be risk adverse.

Mark has an goal of putting one native plant into everyone's backyard in Perth.

Costa mentioned the Darenbin fruit squad ( a community fruit harvesting project) in melbourne- http://darebinfruitsquad.org/

What interesting fact stood out for you?

Josie explained the figure of 8 is for long life of the plants and the spiral dance is to keep life going. Josie described using colours, smells and sands to work out the seasons. For example if the wattle was out that meant it was summer and the black fruit came out in January. So the month was known based on colours and smells.

Carla is happy for any community gardens to get in touch with different ways she can help out. Carla believes that change happens with each of us and we are the leaders. Carla would like to see more guerilla gardening, obviously the community needs them so how can we grow more of them- this may also stop people from taking so much produce from community gardens which seemed to be the core message.

Sue sees community gardens as places of hope and change.

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