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Since our community garden first began in 2001, thousands of students, volunteers and members of the public have learnt about organic gardening, permaculture and growing food through practical education and skill application. What has always been missing though is an undercover space where our community can learn, teach, eat and socialise in a setting that demonstrates our values of community, cooperation, sustainability and ecological design.

For eight years the dream of building a straw bale gazebo with a cob pizza oven has rested in the hearts and minds of our community gardeners. There have been many stops and starts to the project as people come and go from the university. BUT NOW IS OUR TIME! The great work of many volunteers throughout the year to rejuvenate the project has seen overwhelming backing from the university, the student community, House of Bales and the sustainable building industry. We now have the opportunity to see this vision come to reality.

Some of the unique, exciting features of this project include:

* demonstrating the use of ecological design & sustainable building materials (straw bale, cob and superadobe).

* professionally-run and self-led educational workshops to teach how to build with straw bale, cob (clay, sand and straw) and superadobe construction.

* artistic collaboration between students and indigenous groups.


Without your help we will not be able to make this dream a reality!

For more info and announcements on how the project is developing, as well as a complete project plan check out our website

If you do not have a debt credit / credit card - or pay pal and would like to still contribute to the project through a direct debt our bank accounts details are below.

Flinders uni community garden society
BSB: 805050
Account number: 33487469
*** please include your name and send us an e-mail ( so we can thank you for your contribution ***

Some Of My Previous Work

The Flinders Community Permaculture Garden was established in 2001 by friends of the Flinders University Environmental Action Group (FEAG). Since its inception it has played an important role in fostering student leadership, knowledge and learning regarding sustainability, permaculture and environmental awareness on campus and within the broader surrounding community.

The Community Garden is a 0.2ha site adjacent to the Sturt campus, and features fruit tree orchard, vegetable gardens and a revegetation project. Some of the fruit and nut trees in the orchard include apricots, apples, plums, mulberries, figs, olives and citrus trees, and rare fruits and nuts including ice cream bean, feijoa, jujube and white and black sapotes. The garden is constructed according to
is Permaculture principles, which encourages creating productive landscapes which promote diversity, stability and resilient natural ecosystems, whilst nurturing human health and interaction with nature.

The garden has been a sanctuary amongst the concrete jungle, providing budding gardeners and future leaders with the opportunity to get their hands into the earth and ideas out to the world. Regular workshops on composting, plant propagation, garden design and community engagement provide students and staff with the practical skills needed to produce food and create positive change in their daily lives.

Over the years the Flinders University Community Garden has matured and flourished, it is now one of the longest running community garden in South Australia and will continue to play an important role now and into the future.

The garden has special place in the heart of hundreds who have helped develop the space over the years. It has grown to be a incredible space for cultivating community through hands on permaculture. With out the collective contribution of all volunteer club members the garden would not be as incredible as it is today.

There are a lot of amazing people who have contributed to the garden over the past 12 years so big thank you to the garden founders Andrew Rettig, Beque, Christopher Day. Past club members Christopher Wood, Brett Thompson, Katherine Negrin, Bridgett Toner, Hannah Maloney, Kelly Allen, Peta Pageqne current members, Kegan Daly - club president, Tammy-Jo Sutton - Project Manager, Lizzie Taylor - aka gumboot girl, Sarah Boulle, Josh McLean, Nerida, Andy, Adam, Kelly, Anna and everyone else. Thank you

The Challenges

The major challenge that will prevent this project from being completed is funding. That's why we need your support.

The community garden is completely run by volunteers and in-kind support from likeminded people in the community. We're in the business of growing thoughtful, caring citizens that consider their impact on the world and people around them. As such, we can only grow and thrive with the care and consideration of those who share our values and vision.

Up to this point, all relevant groups, including the university administration and local councils, have been supportive of the project. There's nothing stopping us now to make this happen. Except for financial support from people, like yourselves, that want to see a world where we work with nature to create an ecological-friendly society based on care for the earth and each other.
on 10th Dec 2013 at 12:00pm. The payment portal is closed now.
A$5 +We will send you a beautiful nature-themed 'thank you' card from our awesome project team. * Regular updates of the project. * Official invitation to the straw bale gazebo opening party.
1 Chosen | 199 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$10 +A Flinders Community Permaculture Garden logo sticker to acknowledge your generous support for the straw bale gazebo build. * Thank you card, updates & invite to grand opening.
3 Chosen | 197 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$20 +Purchase a straw bale for us to build with! This is a crucial and everlasting contribution to the sustainable and ecological design of the project. Your name will be memorialised in the a 'thank you' plaque that will be built into the straw bale wall. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
20 Chosen | 20 AvailableEst. delivery is February 2014
A$30 +screenprinted patch and sticker of community permaculture garden club logo. (note: design currently being developed and may be altered slightly). invitation to the opening event.
0 Chosen | 100 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2014
A$40 +Purchase a paver to be laid in the gazebo at the finale of the project with your name engraved to immortalise your contribution to the project. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
15 Chosen | 85 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$50 +Screen-printed t-shirt of the community permaculture garden logo. Note: design is currently being developed and may change. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening
4 Chosen | 96 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2014
A$70 +5 seed bombs (South Australian postage only) A special patch created just for you. Tell us your favorite quote and our club artists will create use this quote to create a one of a kind artwork patch encapsulating that quote. Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening
0 Chosen | 30 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$90 +A three hour permaculture consultation with experienced garden loven permaculturalists, horticulturists. * Thank you card, logo sticker, updates & invite to grand opening
1 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2014
A$100 +Buy a timber post or beam for the gazebo structure. We will send you a photograph of your name and a short message of your choosing engraved into timber you've helped us purchase. Your message will be hand engraved into the post or beam by one of the skilled artists associated with the project. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
4 Chosen | 11 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$199 +Natural building, render & paints workshop Learn the fine art of natural rendering from some of Australia's leading professional and experienced natural building practitioners, including Kate Ogden from the Mudmob Natural Building Collective. The two-day weekend workshop will be a comprehensive, hands-on experience that will teach you the theory and practise of nautral rendering. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
2 Chosen | 8 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$200 +Cob pizza oven workshop Learn the art of superadobe: a simply revolutionary building technique. And help us build our culinarily necessary cob pizza oven while doing it! This two day workshop will be run by Australia's earthbag pioneer, Jeremy Millington of 1:1 Construction, with help from other local builders and enthusiasts experienced in superadobe construction. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2014
A$300 +Straw bale building workshop Secure your place in one of the very limited straw bale building workshops being run by professional and experienced straw bale builders from House of Bales. This workshop will be a comprehensive, hands-on experience that will teach you the art of straw bale building with South Australia's most experience straw bale builder, Lance Kairl. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is March 2014
A$500 +Perma-blitz at your house! We'll spend one day with a crew of qualified permaculturalists, horticulturalists & enthusiastic volunteers to design & implement a garden project at your house. Valued at $1000's of dollars, this reward will transform your garden into a edible paradise through the application of permaculture design principles and hard work. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
2 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is January 2014
A$1000 +Host your own special event at the garden in the completed gazebo. We will provide our services to cater and waiter for a function of your choosing. * Thank you card, sticker, updates & invite to grand opening.
1 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2014