Community Gardens Australia (formerly known as Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network) is an incorporated non-profit association. We are a diverse, skilled, and capable team working to link people interested in community gardening around Australia.
Our community-based organisation provides a platform for people interested in city farms, community gardening, food gardening in schools and other community food systems. We help people share their stories, their knowledge, and their ideas.
Within its limits, the CGA:
- advocates on behalf of community gardeners and city farms
- provides education and information on our website and social media
- provides a mapping service to document city farms, community gardens and other community food systems around Australia
- provides email discussion lists nationally and in some states
- advises local government, institutions and communities interested in establishing community gardens
- documents the development of community gardening in Australia
- is available to the media.
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Community Gardens Australia is all of us: gardeners, organisers, administrators, funders, patrons, neighbours, and all the living biota we collaborate with.
Please allow us to introduce some of our special people:
We operate under an appropriate governance system that is appropriate for a network off our size and scope. The Constitution was first adopted when we incorporated in Victoria, 2001. It underwent a major revision and was re-adopted in 2016.
In 2020 we updated the Constitution to reflect the organisation's name change to Community Gardens Australia.
The organisation has continued to step forward under the leadership of John McBain and the current President, Naomi Lacey
This decade was facilitated by the steady and inspired work of Fiona Campbell, Russ Grayson, and Morag Gamble amongst others.
(History and comments to come)
Dr Phillips founded the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. Below is an edited version of the introduction to the 1996 Australian City Farms, Community Gardens and Enterprise Centres Inventory.
The Inventory, published by Dr Phillip’s Hobart, Tasmania-based company, Symbioun Australia, and now out of print, went into two printings to cope with demand.
Even before it was published, people in different states surveying known community gardens realised that the Inventory would be incomplete as previously unknown gardens continued to be discovered.