Report to CBC on the growth of the Kingston Organic Community Garden, Canberra. February 2009


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The Kingston Organic Community Garden (KOCG) was opened in October 2008, in Canberra, Australia. It was formed on two disused tennis courts on land owned by the Canberra Baptist Church (CBC). Rose Holley - Committee member (voluntary) reports on progress with building the garden and garden community in the first year.

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Report to CBC on the growth of the Kingston Organic Community Garden, Canberra. February 2009

  1. 1. Report to the CBC on the Growth of the Kingston Organic Community Garden. February 2009 by Rose Holley
  2. 2. From this….
  3. 3. To this …
  4. 4. The community at work
  5. 5. The crops Beans, zuchini, tomatoes, onions, brassica, basil
  6. 6. Management <ul><li>KOCG Committee formed October 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sophia Lindeyer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jeremy Lindeyer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brian Goggin </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peter Churcher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rose Holley </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>KOCG exists as separate entity to CBC. Processes are transparent to all </li></ul>
  7. 7. The role of CBC <ul><li>Use of old tennis courts for the garden </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Loan of BBQ’s and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Management of insurance and liability on CBC land </li></ul><ul><li>Water exemption permit for land </li></ul><ul><li>Potential use of building roofs to gather rain water for proposed tank </li></ul>
  8. 8. http:// /group/KOCG/
  9. 9. Achievements <ul><li>Infrastructure established in first year: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 communal garden beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 individual garden beds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water pipe replaced and connected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shed and tools purchased </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Garden opened October 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members also bring family/friends to working bees </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Achievements <ul><li>5 working bees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Removing rubbish, nails, white edge, weeds from tennis court </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction of 18 garden beds and digging water trench </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committee formed and meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website established (documents, photos, discussion) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 grant applications written and submitted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research on infrastructure costing and models – water, garden beds, electricity, models of operation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Garden Plan
  12. 12. Working towards <ul><li>Building more infrastructure (water, electricity, total of 50 garden beds) </li></ul><ul><li>Gaining more funding </li></ul><ul><li>Building and nurturing the community </li></ul><ul><li>Developing 5 year plan </li></ul>
  13. 13. Vision <ul><li>To have an established robust infrastructure (garden beds, water, electricity, tools) that has been funded by grants and donations. </li></ul><ul><li>KOCG owns and manages the infrastructure (including garden beds). </li></ul><ul><li>To have a long term sustainable, proven and effective model of garden operation in place. </li></ul><ul><li>To be a thriving, self sufficient and self perpetuating community. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Vision continued <ul><li>To have democratic management and transparent processes. </li></ul><ul><li>To be an established and valued part of the wider Kingston community. </li></ul><ul><li>To create, maintain and expand involvement with other local communities e.g. the Canberra Baptist Church, schools, groups in Kingston. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Immediate Issues <ul><li>Being able to obtain funding to meet current demand to build garden beds and for infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>Being able to maintain the energy and enthusiasm of the community if no funding is forthcoming in the immediate future. </li></ul><ul><li>The garden community and the church community being clear about why the church is involved, the relationship and what the benefits and likely outcomes are for each community. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you for listening <ul><li>KOCG website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Don't underestimate the power of people who join together…. they can accomplish amazing things.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Barack Obama, 19 January 2009 speaking on community engagement and involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>We are all volunteers </li></ul>