Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
Northern Territory | Urban
The Community Garden was established in October 2011, following a land allocation from the Canowindra Uniting Church. The land was previously one half of the Church’s parking lot and is just two blocks from the centre of town. This proximity allows visitors and residents to drop by on their way to or from other events that take them into town.
The 600-square metre community garden is run by a committee of community members and the Canowindra Uniting Church congregation, who oversee the employment of a Community Garden Coordinator and manage the funds for resources that can’t be obtained through donations. The communal garden does not have official membership and is open to all.
The garden is designed with large pathways, to encourage people to walk through the space, making it an attractive and inviting space for people of all ages and abilities, including school groups from the local preschool, primary and high schools, who regularly visit the garden. The entrance features a colourful gate, designed and built by a local high school teacher using recycled bicycles.
While some people hesitate to take produce from the garden, as they are concerned people will think they are stealing, others harvest large quantities, taking more than they need. The Community Garden exists so that everyone can participate and take a share – which means enough for a meal or two for their family. Community Gardens are a relatively new addition to the modern urban landscape and culturally, we still have a lot to learn about how to interact with these spaces.
$6,000 per annum