Connecting gardeners with gardens

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Heidi
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Connecting gardeners with gardens

Hi, our Pt Chev group has been offered a private domestic garden for a family or two to grow food. It could be the first of several if we do it right. I'd love to set up a system to connect willing gardeners (with no land) with gardens. Ideally it would be a system in which a family experienced in gardening can work alongside a family that is wanting to learn the skills. The system would run parallel with our community garden(s) which are in more public places and more appropriate for 20 or 30 families to be involved with.

Has anyone done this before? Anyone know of any existing structures we could learn from? Thanks, Heidi

braindead
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Landshare

I suggest you check out Landshare, promoted by Hugh FW, based on the work of a number of groups across the UK (including a website set up by my husband). It's a fantastic idea but you need to be aware that there's a lot of legal stuff to work out first (which is why my husband never got very far with his version of it).

http://landshare.channel4.com/

Definitely worth talking to them to get some advice. Good luck with setting up an NZ version!

Nikky

Heidi
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Landshare

Thanks Nikky, will check that out. Heidi

POSSUM
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Re Landshare

Nicky are you in NZ? I have a small part of our section not being used for anything in Northern suburbs of Wellington...Would love to put it to some use...so its available for anyone that needs a garden :-)

carlin
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Swapping home grown produce

If you would like to swap your home grown produce with other people in your area you can now do this on the garden trader at www.mygarden.co.nz. It is free (and fun!) to use and a great way to connect with your neighbours.

Swap stuff like home grown food, fruit, free range eggs and even gardening tools etc.

Kayotic
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Joined: 24 Sep 2009
Landshare

Hi, I'm very interested in Landshare and would be keen to talk with people interested in this. I'm hoping to do/start/participate in a landshare type project/s.

Have had a little look at the UK Landshare site. Would also be interested to talk with 'braindead' about their experiences and/or hurdles.

Lynsey
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Joined: 13 Jul 2008
Have you checked Ooooby?

There are a few similar projects that I've read about, especially on Ooooby (Out of our own back yards) an Internet-based gardening Ning site. I'll check it out and see if I can pinpoint the name of the group.

Lynsey
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Here's the link to another garden sharing site

Hello again Heidi, www.sharingbackyards.com which has connections in many different countries has been established by a guy called Christopher. I think he's based in Vancouver...or was it Seattle... anyway it seems they've got a system going which works. Check it out. We've had a few people exploring similar gardening ideas here in Wellington but I'm not sure if they're actually working yet. It makes such good sense doesn't it? The benefits could be wide-ranging, way beyond vegetables.

Belinda
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Joined: 9 Jul 2008
Share Gardening

Hi Heidi

We run a share garden scheme as part of out TT Brooklyn initiative. We currently have two gardens on the go, one that we have been gardening for about a year now and one that we have had for about 4 months. We have produced some guidelines about what you might need to think about when establishing a garden. There are more details at http://www.transitiontowns.org.nz/node/2087

If you want to know more just let me know and I will put you in touch with Marc and Anne who are at coordinating our share garden projects.

carlin
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Swapping veggies and home grown produce

If you would like to swap your home grown produce with other people in your area you can now do this on the garden trader at www.mygarden.co.nz. It is free (and fun!) to use and a great way to connect with your neighbours.

Swap stuff like home grown food, fruit, free range eggs and even gardening tools etc.

POSSUM
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Joined: 13 Nov 2008
Re Swapping "stuff"

Not sure who (if anyone) reads these posts... but I have a large amount of sunflower seeds, surplus to requirements... I bought 10kgs, bagged them up, then discovered after allergy testing, that my "system" does not like them!! They are in the freezer - would love to trade for veggies, fuit or whatever...
Cheers, Possum
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