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In the deep green

July 12, 2014 |

A WOMAN wanders through a forest garden in the green light cast by the tree canopy. It’s quiet in here. Shadows are deep. Small creatures in the leaf little are heard rather than seen. Unknown birds call. Bees buzz. Insects … Read More

Defending civic agriculture

July 4, 2014 |

This article was written for the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network following criticism in February 2014 of community food gardening and farmers’ markets by a representative body of the vegetable industry.


IN MID-FEBRUARY 2014, community gardeners around … Read More

How to fight off curcurbit infiltration

April 20, 2014 |

OH, those pumpkins!

Mounds of them, and all at the Randwick Community Organic Garden. Except, that is, for the two that we brought home after they were offered from the community garden’s surplus production.

We had gone to the garden … Read More

A garden on wheels, a new kind of composter and a convivial meal

April 18, 2014 | 1

AMERICAN journalist and social activist, Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) said it on his 1919 visit to the then-new Soviet Union: “I have seen the future and it works.”

Like so many, Steffens would become disillusioned with the Soviet state, but … Read More

Community gardens — coverage appreciated but quoting misses much

April 10, 2014 | 1

HIGHLIGHTING the value of community gardens is always a good thing, so the Sydney Morning Herald’s story (10 April 2014) in which Sydney restaurateur, Bill Granger, proposes that local government could do more to expand the number of gardens is … Read More

Advocates visit fertile fields of Taroona community garden

December 22, 2013 |

A Tasmanian journey…

CAUGHT ON CAMERA at Taroona Community Garden in Hobart are two… lets be a little daring and tempt fate and feminine displeasure and call them two wild garden mammals, Catriona Macmillan (right) and Fiona Campbell.

CATRIONA Catriona, … Read More

Local government version 2.0: from managerialism to platform

August 1, 2012 |

WHY IS THE  iPHONE a model for local government and what does C3I and Citizen 2.0 have to do with it? That’s what we’re going to explore in this story as we investigate what are preliminary ideas for a new role for local government in Australia.

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My work in local government—a few thoughts

August 1, 2012 |

LOCAL GOVERNMENT—it’s the level of government closest to the people in Australia and it’s this situation that gives it its reputation. And that’s quite a variable reputation that spans the distance from appreciation to criticisms of excessive bureaucracy.

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A next-to-last project: a new community garden for Woolloomooloo

August 1, 2012 |

ONE OF MY FINAL PROJECTS before finishing my tour as the City of Sydney’s community garden coordinator was to get the Bourke Street Park Community Garden started in Wooloomooloo. This will be Woolloomooloo’s second community garden, the first one, in Sydney Place, now being in full use.

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Social planning comes first in community garden design

August 1, 2012 |

IT’S A COMMON BELIEF among people setting out to start a community garden that the first step is to find land, do a site analysis, do a design, build and start growing. Were it only so simple.

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