Posts Tagged ‘community/verge gardens’

A TED talk worth watching. Sometimes you post things but never get around to watching them. Take time to watch this. It is both entertaining and inspirational. Some quotes from the talk to entice you:
“Gardening is my graffiti”. He’s putting edible gardens everywhere, enhancing the streets not vandalising them.
“Growing your own food is like printing your own money”. Calculate how much money you save by growing your own, not to mention the freshness and uniqueness of your produce.
Someone asked him,” Aren’t you afraid people are going to steal your food… Hell no, that’s why its in the street. I want them to take it, I want them to take back their health.”
“If kids grow kale, they eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes”.
It’s about “…putting people to work, taking the kids off the street and letting them know the joy, pride and honour in growing your own food.” Says it all.


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Recently I met Marion Hambly, a visitor to MVCG, having a look around the garden. She told me about a wonderful local initiative.


Since early 2012 there has been community interest in acquiring the defunct Sydney Water tank site at 18 Fairlight Street, Fairlight, known as Manly Reservoir. The area is equivalent to three house blocks, about the same as MVCG. The proposal, well supported by Manly Council, is for an enclosed community garden on one level and a small fenced children’s playground on the other level.


Sydney Water heritage architects have drawn up sample plans for a set of two storey townhouses including the preservation of the heritage brickwork. Wouldn’t open green space be better?


I believe there is a meeting to discuss this, tonight. In light of recent developments, Sydney Water could do with some good PR. Do the right thing Sydney Water!

Location of Fairlight Water Tank











For more information see:





fairlight water tank

Fairlight Water Tank Community Garden Project




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Grow Your Own Food presented by Permaculture Northern Beaches & Costa Georgiadis

  • When
    28 Feb 2013
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location
    The Encores Room at Manly Leagues Club, 563 Pittwater Rd Brookvale

Best known as the host of Gardening Australia, Costa is also a landscape architect, permaculturalist with a real passion for people, food and plants.

Costa believes that growing your own food is one of the most important things you can do for your own health and that of the planet and will be giving a presentation on the whys, whats and hows of food growing and how to get started.

Suggested Donation $5 at the door

Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Reserve your place here – http://costapnb.eventbrite.com.au

For more information call Frank on 0419 431 387

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2  local groups need your votes to receive funding from the Manly Daily.

Baringa Bush Community Garden – just  up the road in Seaforth. (Let’s support the establishment of more community gardens), and MVCG members and plot holder Northside Enterprises.

Baringa Bush Community Garden 

The Baringa Bush Community Garden (BBCG) is a community initiative which aims to rehabilitate a degraded plot of vacant land in Seaforth to create a new community garden and community hub. Our group has completed a TAFE Permaculture course and become incorporated so we are now seeking seed funding to commence construction. We aim to create a community space where people can establish new local connections, make an environment contribution and take part in healthy activity with their families.
In time we aim to develop a state of the art facility the community can enjoy, however, we are only seeking seed funding at this stage to commence the initial phase of the project. Whilst the total budget for our project is $140k, $2.5k would enable us to prepare some of the land and start planting fruit and vegetables for the community to enjoy now. We intend to acquire larger grants to enable us to clear the entire site, construct garden beds and a building structure with water/energy systems.
Please vote for us at

 Northside Enterprises

Please support Northside’s ‘Bushlink’ program by voting and spreading the word.

We are a community based service that runs a not-for-profit business called ‘Bushlink’. We employ people with intellectual disabilities to carry out bush regeneration and gardening for residents & our local community. We rely on community support and sponsorship to run this business and are currently borrowing tools to get the work done. We would like to buy our own tools so that we can become more self-sustaining and continue to contribute to our community and the environment.

To book a job with ‘Bushlink’

Ph: 99055377

Or visit our website


Please vote for us at



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And some more exciting news from our neighbouring community garden. Please note the new venue
The Baringa Bush Community Garden (BBCG) is a new not-for-profit residents’ initiative, supported by Manly Council. We aim to rehabilitate a degraded, fallow plot of land in Seaforth to create a new community garden and community hub – open to all. Please join us! 

A public meeting will be held at the Seaforth Pavilion, Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Seaforth

Thursday,  November 24th  from 7-pm.

Plans will be on display, a membership register will be open and a site visit will be conducted.

Please come along, find out what’s happening and consider the benefits of locally grown vegies, a nearby “food forest”  and  a host of new friends.

  • The garden has been specifically designed to suits all gardeners; with garden beds accessible to those with limited mobility and an area set aside for children

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Here’s some info from the Community Gardens website on verge gardens that may be of interest to many of our members and may also be useful to pass onto those establishing new communtiy gardens and policies.

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Baringa Bush Community Garden, Seaforth


  • Peter White    –  0411 248 416
  • Craig Baxter   – 0407 061 209
  • Louise Baxter – 0404 158 016





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