Imagine if every person only had to walk down the street to collect their fruits and veggies! Then, kids like my daughter would know that food comes from gardens (not just the grocery stores). Thanks to life time resident, Kate Miller, Tweed Heads has community garden in the making! The property has a house that is being renovated. It was built in 1948 (one of the only free standing original houses left in the area). The garden space is a large open lot in the back that will serve as the majority of the garden. The smaller, front plot of the house, will be reserved for the school just across the street, St. Joseph’s Primary, as their own student garden!
Today we held a meeting in which a handful of volunteers started brainstorming ideas. Some of the volunteers were experts in the area of horticulture and were talking about dimensions of planter beds… While others (ahem, like me), were asking a few clueless questions about how raintanks work, but were also contributing ideas about community sharing logistics.
Kate’s sort of ‘vision’ is to provide a space for people not only to grow food, but also to provide a space for grow community! Here are some of the topics brought up today.
- Garden Logistics- Who will have access and when
- Garden Bed Layout- Dimensions of the plots and raised beds, how much space to leave between, how high to make them, etc.
- Sourcing of equipment. Should we have a tool drive or collect donations? We will needs lots of tools, especially for days when large groups are present.
- Community Garden days and who and when will we get everyone together. Guest speaker days? Education Days. In other words, some people have A LOT of knowledge about gardening, and some may not, but ALL can be included in a community garden, so some way of sharing the knowledge
- Liability, Insurance
- Should we make a small nominal fee for plot holders? Say $30 or $40 a year?
- Raintanks, location on the property and priority in the scheme of things, Kate is going to fund the raintanks and make them a priority so that we can get things rolling. They need to go in first before the beds are installed so that the trucks installing them can gain access.
- Fundraising and/or accepting money donations from businesses
Here’s a sort of photo montage of the place. Use your imagination folks, there’s lots of potential here! I included lots of photos of the house, just for the keepsake value. Do you have experience with a community garden?! Would love to hear your ideas and experiences for a community garden that is just starting out! If you stop by, leave us a comment!