April 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm #258137
Ok through Transition Gawler we have come up with an idea for a “virtual” Community Garden.
There is work being done by others to set up a “proper” Community Garden, so we don’t want to stand on peoples toes, but also we don’t want to duplicate what is already out there.
Another reason we thought about going “Virtual” is that generally the house blocks in Gawler are fairly large, so there is not a huge demand for people to have more land to garden on, and also the face that there is a lot of “rural” land nearby, so it is more about the “community” aspect, so we thought why not use what everyone is doing in their own back yards (and front and medians, and where ever else) and make one big “virtual” garden.
I have managed to create a page on our website, but it is going to rely on people emailing in photos, and may lack in the ability to be an interactive place. There were discussions about making it a Facebook group, but we already have a facebook group for Transition Gawler (and anyone who is interested in it – and not a spammer) and we are aware that there is lots of people who still dont use Facebook.
Anyway since ALS is such a lovely place, I thought I might through the idea to you guys for some ideas/feedback.
The Virtual Community Garden Page is here http://transitiongawler.org/what-is-transition/community/virtual-community-garden/April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm #535578
Great Idea we have s similar situation here
Land rich alternative life-stylers making it difficult for a real CG to function,but a way of combining the virtual with the real is the key.
Social media and irl get togethers is the solution.
You still need virtual and physical exchange of goods and skills.April 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm #535579
Snags we have done a couple of wicking bed Workshops in conjunction with the local Natural Resource Centre, and we are about to have our first “Garden Blitz” with helpers helping to rebuild leaking wicking beds and just some general tidy up, in one of our members garden.
And we also have our fortnightly “Gawler Garden and Produce Share” which is essentially a fruit and veg swap, with very minimal rules.
But it would be nice to include those people who for whatever reason cant make these “events”April 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm #535580
Thats were social media and youtube comes in.
Share skills and socially interact in their house in the virtual world.
You cant get everyone physically involved just make it as easy and inviting as you can.
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