Blue Mountains Community Gardens, Katoomba, Australia!
In the Green Bean Connection Newsletters I present a different community garden each month, wishing to emphasize their great diversity of purpose – the ways they are run, what they offer their community, who participates! Some are inner city, others in wilderness areas, some are at schools, for children, some are for training for agricultural jobs, others provide food to low income areas, others are for seniors or disabled gardeners, and there are lovely therapy gardens, both indoors and outdoors!
This month’s featured garden was started in 1992, 20 years ago, far,far away on 3 hectares west of Sydney. It is volunteer operated, has fruit trees, anyone who needs the food is welcome to it.
Specializing in preserving rare and endangered heritage species, the Blue Mountains Community Gardens is organic and runs using permaculture principles, with a highlight being the apple walk through the orchard that contains around 67 varieties of heritage apple trees, and crab apple trees. Other fruit trees dotted around the garden include, pears, quinces, plums, and old-fashioned cherry bushes. Continue Reading →