Resources to Download
Check out these two community gardening guides packed full of tips to help you start and maintain your community garden, drawn from the experience of Australian community gardeners:
claire nettle (2010). Growing Community: Starting and nurturing community gardens. Health SA, Government of South Australia and Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc: Adelaide.
Faith Thomas (2008). Getting started in community gardening. City of Sydney: Sydney.
Funding Your Community Garden (1.07MB)
For more useful resources, check out Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, SA Community Gardens and the other Australian and international websites on our Links page.
The following sample documents developed and used by community gardens are provided as a starting point to assist you in developing tools for managing your own garden. Documents have been selected to show a diversity of approaches; there is no one best approach and it is important that you tailor any documents to be relevant to your own gardening community. A big thank you to the gardens that have agreed to make their documents available to assist others.
Garden Guidelines and Agreements
Registration Forms and Skills Audits
You can also find some editable sample forms and documents at Community Gardens SA under Administration Resources.
There is a growing amount of research on the numbers and types of community gardens in Australia and on the benefits of community gardens.
To locate academic and other research publications in support of the benefits of community gardening, download the Australian City Farm and Community Garden Network's Community Gardening: An Annotated Bibliography
For a snapshot of community gardening in WA, download Profile of WA Community Gardens: 30 June 2010