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Beyond Brisbane Local Food

There are some BLF members who are working to encourage change beyond the scope of BLF and the work it does to encourage people to grow food in their own gardens.

Their goals include things like setting up community gardens, changing the way that our city looks and works, town planning initiatives that enable food-growing and sustainable lifestyles, and so on.

This group is a place for BLFers to network and share contacts, information, stories of what has worked and not worked elsewhere, etc, rather than us just finding out by accident that someone has a similar or complementary sort of goal.

Please feel free to introduce yourself and your projects and goals.

Location: Brisbane
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Jan 2, 2018

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Started by Dave Riley. Last reply by Dave Riley Aug 26, 2017. 4 Replies

I've been running the local primary school garden for almost 3 years now.We take most of the school through it one period at a time each Tuesday. Other times it is deployed for special needs kids as…Continue

Verge Gardening

Started by GayleD. Last reply by Christa Aug 26, 2017. 9 Replies

Everyone who came to my garden visit would have seen my verge garden. (It's…Continue

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 25, 2017 at 20:17

For whatever reason, most of Deception Bay is immune to the delights of gardening. In our little complex of cul-de-sacs we are the only real gardeners. Not counting the mowers and diddy exotics in a little oval.

Some folks at the Mission Australia headquarters a few streets away, started a community garden a few years back. We had one of their number on BLF. They had an 'open day' pix here and it was all downhill from there. Plenty of enthusiasm (I suspect for the free crops) but no one willing, including us, to water or maintain. Currently it stands sad and weedy and not looking like it will be revived.

They never did try and involve the neighbours in it from its beginning but then, few in DBay really do care about gardens.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 25, 2017 at 19:39

I'm with you Dianne.  It's great seeing neighbours catch the growing bug.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 25, 2017 at 18:03

Most of you know that Graham and I live in an old Housing Commission area. It is a sad fact that we have a few people around us who have had trouble making ends meet from time to time.

We have over the years given our neighbours Fruit Trees, Strawberry Plants, Paw Paws and other assorted plants to grow in their yards. One of my neighbours now has a beautiful Passionfruit Vine laden with fruit and an Orange and Lemon tree that would win awards for the juiciest of fruits.

This has given these neighbours the knowledge and will to want to try and plant more, thus the start of something I hope will continue through to their children.

Comment by Lissa on August 25, 2017 at 17:58

Another probably bystander due to my lifestyle at the moment. But interested in what is possible and will help if I can.

Comment by GayleD on August 25, 2017 at 17:38

Bystanders and onlookers welcome, Elaine. Sorry, I had done an initial post and lost it, then had to go out.  Will post shortly.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 25, 2017 at 16:13

I'll be an interested by-stander, without any first-hand knowledge of community gardens.


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