Camdenville Paddock is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based community garden on the grounds of Camdenville Public School.
Established in 2012, the garden aims to produce fresh, seasonal, locally-grown food, build strong neighbourhood relationships, reduce waste, and encourage people to develop a practical understanding of our interdependence with the natural environment.
The Camdenville Paddock Community Garden occupies a generous, almost half-acre parcel of north-facing land surrounded by beautiful trees. The site forms part of Camdenville Public School and through a land-use agreement, local residents and the school community jointly manage the site.
Producing fresh, locally grown food, ‘The Paddock’ provides the perfect place for healthy recreational opportunities for residents of all ages to meet and work, to till the soil together and enjoy the harvest, to share information and experiences, and to build strong community relationships. The garden provides local solutions, by local people, to environmental and biodiversity concerns surrounding commercial food production and the food we eat.
The Camdenville Paddock Community Garden Group is a sub-group of the Newtown Sustainability Group – an Incorporated Association with a Management Committee elected annually by its members. This arrangement ensures that :
- the Garden belongs to the community
- funds are appropriately managed
- concerns of members are addressed, and
- Garden management responsibilities are shared.