Do Things Together

Community Garden

 

 

Community gardens are organised by keen gardeners who either don't have their own space to garden, or who like to garden socially. A typical garden is productive, with a variety of foods being grown, though non-edible plants may also be part of a garden. Different gardens have different norms and expectations, such as how space, costs and what is grown is shared. Community gardens contribute to food security in cities and towns by producing food locally.

 

 cover of growing community guide showing adults planting with children

 

Growing Community: Starting and Nurturing Community Gardens - How to Start a Community Garden
www.communitycentressa.asn.au/documents/item/26

 

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
www.communitygarden.org.au

 

Verge Garden Guidelines, City of Brisbane
www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/plants-trees-gardens/verge-gardens

 

Verge Garden Guidelines, Bayswater Council, Perth
www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/cproot/7347/2/Verge-Greening-Guidelines-24022017.pdf

Edible Gardens Discovery Circle
www.discoverycircle.org.au/projects/edible-gardens/


Australian Examples

Verge Gardens, Brisbane City Council
www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-city-council-guidelines-allow-residents-to-plant-gardens-along-footpath-20160830-gr4syt.html

 

Verge Gardens, Bayswater Council, Perth
www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/get-out-there-and-do-it-perth-council-ditches-street-verge-rulebook-20170226-gulpuh.html

 

Verge Gardens, Sunshine Coast
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/food-street-feeding-off-the-kerbside-creates-close-community/7343456

 

 

Men's Sheds

 

 

Men's Sheds are open access sheds whose primary purpose is to provide a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their members.

 

screenshot of cover of how to start a men's shed manual



How to Start and Run a Men's Shed
www.mensshed.org/how-to-start-a-mens-shed-manual

 

Australian Examples

Women's Shed, Orange
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-07/womens-shed-constructing-community-connection-and-confidence/7559818 

 

International Examples
www.shareable.net/blog/1000-mens-sheds-in-australia-spark-nascent-global-movement  

 

 

Shared Space

 
 

Shared work spaces (other terms include fabrication laboratories, makerspaces) are open access workshops where almost anything can be made by anyone. These offer shared access to a combination of high end machines, tools and software (including but not limited to digital fabrication) as well as diverse networks of people with skills to help develop and refine ideas and prototypes.

 

How to Make a Makerspace
www.artisansasylum.com/how-to-make-a-makerspace

 

Repair Cafes N Fixit Clinics

Shared work spaces are a natural alignment with tool/equipment libraries, fixit clinics/repair cafes and other initiatives that promote a circular and collaborative economy – reusing, repairing and fixing things and transmitting the knowledge of how to do so.

 

How to Start a Repair Cafe
www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-start-a-repair-cafe

 

iFixit: the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone
www.ifixit.com

 

Adelaide Bike Kitchen at Maker Faire Adelaide on how their collective helps repair bikes and build community:

 

Australian Examples

Bendigo Repair Café
www.facebook.com/BendigoRepairCafe

 

Bright Sparks, Melbourne (closed, learnings offered)
www.brightsparksaustralia.com
www.medium.com/@erinlewisfitz/lessonsfrombrightsparks-8d56714356ad
www.theage.com.au/victoria/bright-sparks-new-shop-offers-sparky-solution-to-household-ewaste-20150813-giydie.html

 

International Examples

Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories)
www.fablabs.io

 

Artisan's Asylum, Somerville US
www.artisansasylum.com

 

Edinburgh Remakery
www.edinburghremakery.org.uk

 

Berkeley, US Mothership Hackermoms
www.mothership.hackermoms.org