The Cove Community Garden
The Cove Community Garden
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Commenced:
01/11/2010
Submitted:
06/10/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
165 Anderson Way, Agnes Water, Queensland, AU
Climate zone:
Sub-tropical





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Jeremy Bensimon Kim BEST Peter Clayton Valeria Andrews
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The Cove Community Garden

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Project Summary

The impetus for The Cove Community Garden arose in 2010 from a group of like minded people who recognised the need for a space where members of the community could come together to learn, participate and grow as a community in a shared garden environment.

Project Description

The vision of The Cove Community Garden is to develop an edible botanic garden to:

1. Promote, encourage and assist in cultivating, growing and cooking of organic
fruit and vegetables 

2. Educate the members of the TCCG and the community in sustainable living
practices and how to adapt them into their living situations.

3. Support schools in teaching the growing of plants and sustainability

To this end TCCG aim to develop a garden that incorporates the following features:

♥ Food Forest 
A self-sustaining- combination of fruit nut and edible foliage plus a useful timber forest.

♥ Bush tucker 
Australian native indigenous trees shrubs and grasses 

♥ Exotic Fruits 
Edible Sub-Tropical fruit and nut species that are rare and unusual, with great flavour and not readily available in supermarkets.

♥ Farmers Market 
Future plans as the community garden grows are to provide an outlet for excess production. This will allow local organic growers to be able to sell their excess produce.

♥ Seed Saving
To create a store of openly pollinated organic seeds that have proven flavour and vigour for our particular climate for use in the garden. Excess seeds to be sold for self-sustaining profit

♥ Nursery
To provide seedlings and cuttings of organic fruit and vegetable that will grow in our particular climate, for use in the garden and excess sold for self-sustaining profit

♥ Co Op
To purchase in bulk goods or services the members require at wholesale prices with minimal mark up and to market excess produce or services giving added value to the community.

♥ Educational, Growing and Preserving
– Demonstrations of Composting, Worm Farming, Pruning, Grafting, Seed Raising, 
Cheese Making, Bread Making, Sausage Making, etc (as requested) 
– Educational classes will be given on various methods of growing and preserving
produce

♥ Involvement with local school 
Invite and encourage school participation in fresh food growing and education 

♥ Combine on one site fresh food, sport and recreation
A holistic approach to healthy living by encouraging healthy eating with an active lifestyle

♥ Not for Profit
All money raised by TCCG will be returned to the community garden to benefit members in opportunities such as, purchase of shared equipment, excursions, expansions, investment, etc. (decided by the members)

♥ Charitable Component
Excess food will be donated to charity for food packages for members of our community in need

Along with this, it is intended that the community garden will:

♥ Promote health and wellbeing
Use gardening as physical exercise, social interaction and access to healthier food options.

♥ Cultivate open and inclusive environment 
Encourage multi generational and multicultural social interaction for people of all abilities

♥ Foster community building 
Bring people together and give them an opportunity to grow their own food.

♥ Inspire entrepreneurship
Introduce people to new ideas and products so that they can then specialise in an element of food production.

♥ Create employment 
Develop employment opportunities through entrepreneurship, tourism, and acquiring new skills

♥ Provide tourism opportunities
Promote tourist interest with farmers market, food production workshops, guided tours of food forest and bush tucker forest, sale of exotic fruits and products.


The Cove Community Garden is committed to localising organic food production and cultivating community



 

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