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!
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
University of New England
TAFE New England
Jobs Australia, Armidale
Minimbah Primary School
Clontarf Academy, Armidale High School
The Armidale School
This project has the support of the Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Council.