All Nations Food Forest – Proposal and Pre-Design Considerations

Community garden

Deep Green Permaculture


Welcome to All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, and possibly the first in Australia!

In the first part of this case study – All Nations Food Forest – Melbourne’s First Council Built Community Food Forest Project, we looked at how the All Nations Food Forest Project got started, and the motivations for such a project.

In this second part of this case study, we will look at:

  • The proposal for the project that was drafted by the community group
  • Special considerations for grant funded projects
  • Design principles for creating resilient community gardens
  • A comprehensive tree and plant selection guide for temperate climate community gardens
  • How to avoid common horticultural issues in a community garden to maximise the chances of success

The Project Proposal

The All Nations Food Forest committee completed their final draft of the proposal to council in April 2012.


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Urban gardening lessons for kids, aided by Times Union Hope Fund

Young people get excited about Hope Fund-supported programs like 15-LOVE By Paul Grondahl Albany The kids at 15-LOVE like to play ping-pong in the basement game room at the program's offices on Washington Avenue. But they'll gladly yield the table come harvest time in late-summer... Read more:

Kvale leads successful harvest at U of M Morris

Submitted by Jenna Ray University of Minnesota Morris editor/writer University of Minnesota, Morris students gathered more than 654 pounds of produce from the campus vegetable garden this harvest season at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center. Led by Garden to Dining Services liaison Peter Kvale of Duluth, the harvest represents another … Continue reading Kvale leads successful harvest at U of M Morris

Soil to get the recognition it deserves!

Next year!!!

clm connections

Did you know that Friday Dec 5th 2014 was World Soil Day? Or that 2015 is the International Year of Soils? Most people probably don’t think about soil much, but it is vitally important to health of millions around the world, as poor soil health affects crop production, so it’s good that the importance of soil is being recognised.

The links below are a few of many that show the importance of soils:

The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

Soil isn’t sexy – but it could explain hunger in Africa

Soil Quality

The importance of soil means that we need to know more about it, and how to manage it effectively. Having a ‘year’ about soils not only recognises the importance but should raise the profile of soil and help understand it better. Some information about Australian soils and soil management can be found at…

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Sun, soil, water, time and TLC

Productive community garden!

Te-Arai Community Garden

Kitka and John and an abundance of greenThe group met on on 27 November and you’ll notice a vast change since the September blog post! It’s wonderful to see an abundance of green and vegetables there for the picking. The sage and tomato plants smelled amazing, plus we have some ‘surprise plants’ we’re looking forward to identifying that have seeded from our compost.

Brussels sproutsThe Brussels sprouts seedlings are now towering plants. One, sadly, has been attacked by snails but hopefully the little sprouts on the other will have the chance to develop fully.

the harvest - carrots, lettuce, radish, beans, snowpeas, broadbeansWe might not have huge volume but what we do harvest is delicious – this time carrots, radishes, lettuce, broadbeans, snowpeas and green beans. A number of green tomatoes are nestling out of sight from the birds. Looking forward to those ripening!

The bed of broadbeans was pulled up and seeds planted. Hopefully they’ll be seedlings by our next meet.

Speaking of which, if…

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Number 90 – Secured land and wrote proposals for a community garden project

Got to get the paperwork right first


Back in September this year (2014) I heard about a business that had some unused land they wanted to offer to a community group. I told Hamilton Homeless Trust about this opportunity and they were very excited by the idea of building a productive garden that would grow produce for their food servings. Over the next weeks I contacted the owners of the land and since then have also helped with the writing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Hamilton Homeless Trust and The Olde Creamery (the business that owns the land).

In the last month, I helped write a detailed plan and proposal for the creation of a productive garden exemplifying sustainable food production techniques, and also wrote several sub-proposals – including ones for general volunteers, schools and tertiary education institutions (as it is hoped all of these will become involved in the project).

I am particularly happy with the…

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