Dear Community Gardeners Everywhere,
I love your work. Getting out there, dealing with neighbours, risk adverse community members, uncooperative council members and the weather just to grow some vegies on public land is a full on task. Not to mention building a community of people to share your vision, brave the elements and do this with you. I applaud your efforts no matter now big or small.
So at the end of the day, if you need some inspiration of what is possible … check out the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners site. The blog will take you on one hell of a ride through what is possible when you ask for forgiveness not permission. Patrick Jones, one of the more vocal members of this community recounts the story of how it all started, how the community got together to save a small forgotten piece of land from being sold to developers. The land (beside the library and opposite a large super market) is prime real estate in monetary and community value. But the community moved in first and dug their heels in. Literary. At the opening of the community garden, a councillor leaned over to Patrick and told him quietly that he will have to answer to the council about what is happening here. Patrick leaned back over and said ‘No, they will have to answer to us’.
Having said that the community got together and drafted an outline for the use and construction of public space and community gardens. All before the council had time to respond to their community garden.
Daylesford now boasts 5 community gardens, with the biggest achievement yet – the announcement of a Food Forest for the local secondary college.
Subscribe to the Daylesford Community Food Gardeners blog and enjoy being inspired by a small community taking responsibility and accountability for their food, public land and each other.