Field trips

  • Arrive at 12:45 for a 1pm start

    Enter St Johns Avenue the community garden is near Saint Johns Cathereral and Kickstart Arts.

    Tour arrives back at St Johns Community Garden around 5pm.

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    Field Trip 1

    Channel Field Trip

    We will begin at the conference venue, St Johns Community Garden at New Town. This garden includes heritage chooks, and involves keen gardeners from the Karen Community.



    Source Community Wholefoods is a community-driven, not-for-profit venture that includes:

    • a community garden with a wood-fired pizza oven,
    • small apple orchard and composting facility.

    It provides produce for an organic food cooperative providing affordable organic, local, minimally packaged & fair trade goods. The co-op lives in a beautiful energy efficient straw and earth bale building located on French St. on the campus of the University of Tasmania, in Sandy Bay.

    source-1Source was initiated in 2005 by a group of students & community members interested in creating a more sustainable future. The centre provides a place to explore social and environmental issues, acting as a living example of urban sustainability which encourages community involvement and creativity.

    Visit Source Wholefoods website


    taroonaEstablished in 2007 the garden consists of 50 family or group plots of about 4 square metres each. This open facility has a community worm farm, a greenhouse and 2 long communal beds with a rotational system in place, and other ‘community’ areas around the perimeter fence. You will be welcomed by active community members who will share the story of the gardens evolution. Members include the Chef at the Lounge Bar, Possums Playgroup and the Joey Scouts group.

    Visit Taroona Neighbourhood Garden website Visit Taroona Neighbourhood Garden slideshow


    snugThis School garden at Snug (how could we go past Snug!) is the gateway to the Channel district.

    This is a Stephanie Alexander Garden with a big kitchen and a large orchard area. Over the last 3 years the community have worked to build an aesthetically pleasing and productive garden.

    Students in grade 3-6 spend forty minutes in the garden and one hour and forty minutes in the kitchen each fortnight participating in the range of the seed to plate experiences, including pest control, propagating, seed collection, bed construction, weeding, harvesting and cooking.


    chanelChannel Living is a ‘transition’ group, meaning their aim is to help their community become more resilient in the face of climate change.

    One of the major strategies is the Community Supported Agriculture Program and Local Food for Local People.

    Community Supported Agriculture is a global phenomenon, initiated in the 1960’s to enable consumers to support producers. Subscribers commit money to the grower for a share of the seasonal crops.

    Local Food for Local People coordinates small chemical free growers in the Channel area to grow crops for 40 households each week.

    channel1Woodbridge School is one of the ‘growers’ that contributes to this scheme, meaning that their kitchen garden can earn a bit of income to help pay for garden inputs.

    The Woodbridge School kitchen garden, which is now also part of the Stephanie Alexander program, is set on a breathtakingly beautiful site, overlooking the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. A not-for-profit community group that aims to help residents of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to live in a way that reduces the impact on the environment.

    Visit Channel Living website

    Field Trip 2

    City Tour

    We will begin at the Conference venue, St Johns Community Garden at New Town. This garden includes heritage chooks, and involves keen gardeners from the Karen Community.


    This garden at Glenorchy Primary School, based on permaculture principles,  is situated in the most multicultural area of Tasmania. It was established as a demonstration garden, as part of an Eat Well Grow Well project  in 2008. Principal Wendy Potter will tell the story of the garden’s evolution.



    goodwoodSituated at the Goodwood Community Centre which provides free and low cost food to needy families, holds classes and has a kitchen. Meet Garden Manager Alister who will share the story of a rich garden supporting the needy.


    Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

    Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

    Moonah Primary School is the Demonstration Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School for Tasmania. The garden was established in 2009 and all Grade 3-6 students participate in weekly gardening and cooking classes. The Moonah School garden is part of the 24 Carrot Gardens Partnership which is a collaborative community partnership involves schools, MONA and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.


    A well established food hub,  is the oldest community garden in Tasmania and has been established for over 20 years.  Organic gardening legend David Stephen will talk about his passion for establishing food gardens around Hobart.



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