The Gathering Place Community Garden: An holistic approach to Community Gardening

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The Gathering Place Community Garden: An holistic approach to Community Gardening

  1. 1. The Gathering Place Community GardenAn holistic approach to Community Gardening
  2. 2. Our local area• The Kilburn/Blair Athol area has amongst the highest rates in metropolitan Adelaide for heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer and mental illness• Large influx of refugees/new arrivals• Low socio-economic area with high unemployment
  3. 3. The Garden’s History•Started in 2002 as a jointinitiative between AdelaideCentral Community HealthService, SA Housing Trust andEastern Community MentalHealth Service•Based in the backyard of aHousing Trust home used as acommunity information andmeeting point
  4. 4. The Garden’s History•In 2005 moved to The HEALSCentre in Blair Athol•Continued to be a jointcollaboration between AdelaideCentral Community HealthService and Eastern CommunityMental Health Service•In November 2009 became partof the HEALS Centre programme
  5. 5. The HEALS Centre(Health Education and Life Skills Centre) •A Uniting Church initiative set up in response to the health issues faced by the local community •We offer help and support in order to address illness, disease and other life issues
  6. 6. Garden DaysGrowing foodCooking with fresh gardenproduceSharing a meal
  7. 7. Life skillsPractical informationand advice on: •Gardening •Cooking •Health Issues •Exercise •Lifestyle choices
  8. 8. Other outcomes•Friendship•Social contact•Spiritual Guidance•Building confidence•Creating a sense ofachievement
  9. 9. Gardening knowledge•Encouragement•Helping each other•Experimenting•Hands- on
  10. 10. Our volunteersWe hope that in time all our participants will begin to take responsibilityfor the whole of their lives, and then begin to help others do the same
  11. 11. Financial sustainabilityContinuous fundraising towork towards the gardenbecoming self-sufficient
  12. 12. FundraisingA monthly market selling craft items, plants, seeds andany excess produce from the garden
  13. 13. Our Vision‘The question is not how to cure, but howto live’
  14. 14. Moving forward
  15. 15. Food SecurityAccess to cheap fresh food
  16. 16. Kinder GardeningInvolving pre-schoolchildren in growingand preparing food
  17. 17. Community Art Projects Dragon SeatMosaic Workshop
  18. 18. The Gathering Place Community Garden,Blair Athol, Adelaide, South Australia.

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