Do Things Together
Community gardens are organised by keen gardeners who either don't have their own space to garden, or who like to garden socially. A typical garden is productive, with a variety of foods being grown, though non-edible plants may also be part of a garden. Different gardens have different norms and expectations, such as how space, costs and what is grown is shared. Community gardens contribute to food security in cities and towns by producing food locally.
Growing Community: Starting and Nurturing Community Gardens
Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
Verge Garden Guidelines, City of Brisbane
Verge Garden Guidelines, Bayswater Council, Perth
Edible Gardens Discovery Circle
Verge Gardens, Brisbane City Council
Verge Gardens, Bayswater Council, Perth
Verge Gardens, Sunshine Coast
Men's Sheds are open access sheds whose primary purpose is to provide a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other men. A major objective is to advance the well-being and health of their members.
How to Start and Run a Men's Shed
Women's Shed, Orange
Shared work spaces (other terms include fabrication laboratories, makerspaces) are open access workshops where almost anything can be made by anyone. These offer shared access to a combination of high end machines, tools and software (including but not limited to digital fabrication) as well as diverse networks of people with skills to help develop and refine ideas and prototypes.
How to Make a Makerspace
Repair Cafes N Fixit Clinics
Shared work spaces are a natural alignment with tool/equipment libraries, fixit clinics/repair cafes and other initiatives that promote a circular and collaborative economy – reusing, repairing and fixing things and transmitting the knowledge of how to do so.
How to Start a Repair Cafe
iFixit: the free repair guide for everything, written by everyone
Adelaide Bike Kitchen at Maker Faire Adelaide on how their collective helps repair bikes and build community:
Bendigo Repair Café
Bright Sparks, Melbourne (closed, learnings offered)
Fab Labs (Fabrication Laboratories)
Artisan's Asylum, Somerville US
Berkeley, US Mothership Hackermoms