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 40 gardens discussed on this website: 19 are open to the public; 6 are membership-based, but membership is free; 7 are membership-based at a cost; and 8 are basically allotments only.
Community planter boxes
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 4 groups of planter boxes discussed on this website, all 4 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.