Permablitz Albury Wodonga
Oliver and Kristopher Cottee and Charisse Venables are helping set-up a community garden at Thurgoona (Allison Jess – ABC Local)
No time for your own garden
If you are having trouble finding the time to set-up or take care of your own garden, how about sharing one?
If you are struggling with time, cost or space to create your own veggie garden, you might think about getting involved in a community garden.
Local councils can usually point you in the right direction however if you live near Thurgoona you’re invited to help set-up a community garden on Charles Sturt University’s Thurgoona campus this weekend.
CSU’s John Rafferty says a “permablitz” workshop will be held on Saturday to get the community garden started.
Permablitz workshops involve community members getting together to create a garden using permaculture and sustainability skills; the garden is created by the community for the community.
“In the north western corner (of the campus) we have a house that the university used to rent out and we have dedicated the house to some community use in partnership with TAFE’s National Environment Centre and environmental groups like the Albury Wodonga Environment Centre.
“It (garden) would be of particular interest to the families that live close to CSU, not everyone has the skill or space or opportunity to have a garden so by working together we can maintain a really lovely herb garden initially and from that initial engagement we will be able to do more innovative and interesting things on a bigger scale as more people get involved.
“It’s a community day and we will have a number of folk from the Environment Centre here who have a lot of skills and expertise in permaculture, it’s a fun day for families to learn about permaculture and set-up their own small garden.”
Charisse Venables from the Albury Wodonga Environment Centre says the group came up with a design for the grounds.
“Projects like community garden building create opportunities for us to connect with our natural environment so that we can not only live a happy and healthy life, but also prepare ourselves for the changes we will need to make in order to sustain us into the future.”
The community garden workshop happening at CSU’s Inland Living Experience House on St John’s Road, Thurgoona CSU from 10am Saturday November 6th 2010. (Enter the University via Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and follow the signs).