Community gardens are not-for profit enterprises where the primary function is the production of food for a community of people. The garden can take a variety of forms. In North East Melbourne:
- some are membership-based,
- some are allotments, and
- some are freely available to the public.
Of the 55 gardens discussed on this website: 23 are open to the public; 6 are membership-based, but membership is free; 13 are membership-based at a cost; 12 are basically allotments; and 1 is private.
Community planter boxes are raised garden beds in public places filled with edible veggies and herbs, where the produce is available to any passers-by who want it. The boxes are set up by community organisations such as Local Food Connect in the hope that the community will embrace them – helping to maintain them as well as taking advantage of their produce.
Of the 5 groups of planter boxes discussed on this website, all 5 are open to the public.
In 2014, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) published a series of booklets of relevance to anyone thinking about setting up a community garden. More recently, 3000acres published a web page on how to start a community garden.