About

This blog is set up to document the development of a community garden in Armidale, New South Wales, as part of a postdoctoral project run through the University of New England, titled Nourishing Culture and Developing Social Capital in a Community Garden. 

The project involves collaborating with members of Armidale’s Aboriginal community to develop a garden of vegetables, flowers, herbs, bush foods, medicinal plants, and native plants and shrubs. At heart, this project is about using the fertile soils of a collaborative community garden to nourish connections: between university and community, between research and practice, between cultures, between species, between youth and Elders, between people and food production, between traditional and academic knowledges, and between localised action and global change.

Experimental art and storytelling will be used to both imagine and create alternatives to neoliberal, colonial and anthropocentric ways of thinking and living. The research side of the project will be innovative and collaborative, involving members of the community as co-researchers, and placing an emphasis on the exciting emergent field of multispecies ethnography.

Stay tuned for updates as the garden and project progresses!

Project Management

Steve Widders – Project Manager

Peter Hall – Project Manager

Kate Wright – Research Manager and Project Coordinator

Project Team & Garden Committee

Rob Waters – Aboriginal Employment Officer, UNE

Colin Ahoy – Chair of Local Aboriginal Land Council and Elder in Residence, Oorala

Dylan Dempster – Horticulturalist, Landscape Designer and Jobs Australia Supervisor

Jeremy Rudge – Horticulturalist, Landscape Designer and Sculptor

James Russell – Director, Armidale Clontarf Academy

Bruce Dennison – Armidale Clontarf Academy

Bruce Ryan – Minimbah Primary School

Laszlo Szabo – Community Filmmaker (Social Ventures Media)

Danielle Hunt – Partnership Broker, Careers Network

Research Reference Panel

Professor Richie Howitt – Macquarie University

Professor Deborah Bird Rose – University of New South Wales

Dr Sandie Suchet-Pearson – Macquarie University

Ms Debra Bennell

Partners

University of New England

TAFE New England

Jobs Australia, Armidale

Best Employment

Minimbah Primary School

Clontarf Academy, Armidale High School

The Armidale School

Beyond Empathy

This project has the support of the Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Left to Right: Danielle Hunt (Careers Network Inc), Rob Waters (Aboriginal Employment Officer, UNE), Peter Hall (Project Manager), Katherine Worthing (Lecturer, Oorala Aboriginal Student Centre, UNE), Debra Bennell (Director, Oorala Aboriginal Student Centre, UNE), Colin Ahoy (Chair, Local Aboriginal Land Council), Steve Widders (Project Manager), Kate Wright (School of Arts, UNE). Behind the camera: Veronica Walford. Missing from the frame: Bruce Dennison (Clontarf Academy) and Kerrie Nixon (Jobs Australia).

Left to Right: Danielle Hunt (Careers Network Inc), Rob Waters (Aboriginal Employment Officer, UNE), Peter Hall (Project Manager), Katherine Worthing (Lecturer, Oorala Aboriginal Student Centre, UNE), Debra Bennell (Director, Oorala Aboriginal Student Centre, UNE), Colin Ahoy (Chair, Local Aboriginal Land Council), Steve Widders (Project Manager), Kate Wright (School of Arts, UNE). Behind the camera: Veronica Walford. Missing from the frame: Bruce Dennison (Clontarf Academy) and Kerrie Nixon (Jobs Australia).

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