Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Eco-Villages, Education Centres, Food Shortages, Land, People Systems, Society, Urban Projects, Village Development — by Geoff Lawton February 18, 2011
Community gardens are a very valuable demonstration of how a community can grow its own food, provide its own power, harvest its own water from roofs and build appropriate buildings and infrastructure. They are a wonderful element in the community and permaculture people all over the world should support community gardens in all their forms.
An interesting observation is that often a community has already used all of the most valuable land by the time the population has grown to a stage where it requires or requests that a community garden be installed. Therefore often a community garden is given land that is not valuable for the local real estate market but can be surrounded by local real estate development. It has become a regularly repeated phenomenon that land given for the installation and development of community gardens is flood prone and generally a poor landscape. There is therefore quite an emphasis on raised garden beds, this is something we have observed as we visited different community gardens around the world and in Australia.
The community garden featured in this article is called Veggie Village in Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is a wonderful example of what can happen when people get together to create a working example of a way in which we can live more sustainably. They have used the garden for community bonding, each person sharing a common purpose and goal.
These local systems are so valuable for extending living elements of diversity that are of value, and the appropriate technology and infrastructure can be replicated within the broader community.
Permaculture has always supported community gardens and we will continue to do so, we will report on the community gardens we visit around the world. Stay tuned….
More pictures from Veggie Village, Peregian Beach:
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