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Our Common Ground Case Studies

Apartment communities in City of Ryde are embracing local food production and building shared food gardens on the common property of their apartment complexes.

Find out how four groups from the 2019 Spring program of Our Common Ground took the leap into more sustainable living, learnt new skills, made new friends and reaped the rewards.

Each successful group received:

  • Tailored gardening workshops, including on-site workshop, at the apartment building, to set up a food garden bed. This was facilitated by gardening expert Toni ‘The Veggie Lady’ Salter.
  • Gardening supplies for a 1m x 1m garden bed and seeds and seedlings.
  • Free compost bin or worm farm and support to start successfully composting.
  • Free energy, waste and water assessments with tailored advice for reducing utility costs.
  • Online support to help answer any gardening questions or concerns throughout the program.

Meriton St Gladesville | The Merry Garden

An unused patch of lawn at the back of this block was transformed into a garden oasis. Starting with just one garden bed, it has grown to four. The gardens share bird netting and everyone pitches in and helps water each other’s beds. Next to the garden are the compost bin and worm farm. Vegetable  scraps from kitchens and prunings from the garden are brought full circle and returned to the garden as rich organic compost soil. A set of garden furniture reclaimed from the Council Cleanup takes pride of place next to the garden ready for a morning cup of tea. Next steps are exploring the possibility of installing a water tank or even solar panels on the apartments roof for all to share!


Last updated on 5 November 2020