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In Adelaide, a small urban farm links entrepreneurship with good food

November 14, 2015 |

With around nine city farms already on the ground or in planning around Australia, it appears city farming’s time is now.

In Adelaide, one of their number, Wagtail Urban Farm, is showing that small can certainly be bountiful…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.

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IN MID-FEBRUARY 2014, community gardeners around … 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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Day 1: A ripping time as gardeners create edible footpath garden

June 6, 2012 |

IT WAS A RIPPING TIMEon the footpath garden adjacent to Barrett house in Randwick as we ripped out an ornamental monoculture to make way for an edible polyculture.

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A good experience that could be made better

June 1, 2012 |

WHEN I STARTED with the council as an employee I had only three days with the role’s previous occupant to learn what it was I was supposed to do. This was far from adequate.

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Something new and edible is coming to Woolloomooloo

March 24, 2012 |

IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING OF AN ADVENTURE  working with a new community garden group on their first project. You never know what to expect—so it’s best to expect nothing at all and that way you will be pleasantly surprised when things go well.

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