The benefits of food gardening don’t stop with what’s in your garden. You can swap your surplus produce with others in your community and even save some grocery money, connect with others, and get even more out of your garden.
So, your veggies are growing, and you’re wondering if there’s a way to make the most of it while sharing with your neighbours. You’re in the right place. Here are 3 places to start looking for community gardens and food swaps near you.
1. Community food swaps on the Green Adelaide page
Green Adelaide keeps a list of community food swaps happening in their region. It’s not an exhaustive list, as they rely on people letting them know they’re happening to keep it updated.
Take a look at the list to find food swaps happening in your area, or add one of your own. While you’re there, take a look at the rest of the Green Adelaide gardening hub with plenty of gardening tips and tricks!
2. Grow It Local
Grow It Local does what it says on the tin. It’s a grassroots, purpose-driven mission to get more people growing, sharing and eating locally grown foods. It was first brought to life in 2012 as a ‘crowd farming’ initiative and came to Adelaide less than a year ago.
The Grow It Local platform lets you connect with local growers to learn and share knowledge, expertise, produce, recipes and more. There are plenty of community events throughout the year to give you an opportunity to learn from experts and connect with other growers.
You can also put your patch on the map! Registering your patch is a free and easy process that takes 5 minutes or less.
3. Community gardens in your area
The first port of call is your local council. A lot of councils are supporting a community garden or two near them, which is shared on social media and noticeboards. If you’re a savvy social media user, neighbourhood Facebook groups also have plenty of opportunities to get the gossip on what’s happening in your area.
While it’s not a complete list, councils and other community gardens are catching onto the Community Gardens Australia website and listing more of their patches. You can search for a garden near you and add ones that you find missing.
Want to know more?
Find out more about ways to share food with others thanks to Green Adelaide.
Growing and sharing food is one of the ways to be involved in the Adelaide National Park City movement. Find more ways to be involved in our 50 Ways page.