Fact sheets & guides

Thank you to Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Networks for the opportunity to share these with you. These fact sheets are offered by the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network under a Creative Commons license for community gardeners, non-government organisations, local government and sustainability educators to download, print and distribute unchanged.

Starting a community garden

Use this checklist to:

1. record what you like and what you are uncertain of when touring community gardens to collect ideas for a new community garden

2. think about what you would like in a new community garden and how you might manage it.

After visiting community gardens, organise a debriefing session to collate, from this checklist, what you like, what you don’t want and what needs further investigation for inclusion in your new community garden.

Garden checklist

Download fact sheet (pdf 184 KB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Safety in the community garden

Safety in the community garden is mostly thoughtfulness and common sense. This fact sheet covers a few of the common considerations for safe gardening.

Safety brochure

Download fact sheet (pdf 924 KB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

What is community gardening

A basic introduction to the practice of community gardening. Suited for distribution at introductory information sessions on community gardening.

Community Gardening

Download fact sheet (pdf 2.1 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

What is organic gardening

An introduction to an approach to food production that is safest for gardeners, soils and nearby environments.

organic gardening

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 4.1 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

How to compost

Turning waste into fertiliser is a practice in all community gardens. This fact sheet offers a simple method of compost production.

Suitable for distribution at compost production workshops and to people new to the practice.

Composting

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 2.2 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

How to build a no-dig garden

A simple method, based on the no-dig gardening method developed by Sydney organic gardener, Esther Deans, that makes use of old newspaper (or similar paper waste) and straw for easy-to-make garden beds.

Suited to distribution to participants in workshops and courses.

no dig garden

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 1.2 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Integrated pest management

An intelligent, observation and knowledge-based approach to controlling garden pests without recourse to synthetic chemical controls.

IPM

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 3.1 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

What is crop rotation

A simple, four or five phase method of gardening that can reduces the incidence of soil-borne pathogens and restores soil fertility.

crop rotation

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 3.4 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

What is permaculture

A short introduction to the permaculture design system.

Permaculture is a thinking tool that is useful at the design phase of community garden development.

permaculture

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 1.4 MB)

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

The sustainable home

Many community gardeners also seek ways to improve energy and water use in their homes.

This fact sheet introduces some of the principles in conservative energy and water use and other ways to make your home safe and low-impact.

sustainable home

Download Fact Sheet (pdf 4.1 MB)

You can help develop an information guide for the northern rivers
We would like to tailor the fact sheet series in the future and with information specific to gardening in the Northern Rivers. If you have resources websites, how to guides or seasonal calendars or specific guides to growing we welcome your feedback and inspiration please forward this to info@sustainfood.com.au