Turner Garden

CCF-logoIn October 2014 Canberra City Farm successfully obtained a two year permit to establish the first Canberra City Farm in Turner. This garden has now been closed and moved to Dairy Road, Fyshwick.


Sub-groups that were working on different aspects of this Turner Garden were:


Turner Garden Proposal

In 2013 Canberra City Farm put forward a proposal to the ACT Government requesting a 2 year permit for a site in Turner. On this site Canberra City Farm proposed to:

  • recreate the Floriade display, which demonstrated how people can grow and enjoy healthy foods, and options for sustainable living.
  • create plant growing facilities to enable plants to be grown for other Canberra City Farm activities.
  • deliver regular practical action-based education opportunities for the community.
  • keep the site open and accessible to the community with minimal fencing as much as possible.
  • demonstrate healthy sustainable food production, preparation and consumption.
  • establish connections to local and regional food producers.
  • show options for improving the efficiency of homes and decreasing energy and water use.
  • demonstrate home energy generation and water harvesting.
  • provide information about soil and environmental health.
  • create pleasant spaces for social gatherings and bringing the community together.

Download the original permit request.


What happened at the Turner Garden:


November 2016 – Turner Garden Complete

In October 2016 the Canberra City Farm permit with the ACT Government ended.

By November 2016, everything was packed up and moved to the new Dairy Road, Fyshwick site.

We learned a lot through the process of setting up Turner and have lots of knowledge to share for anyone considering setting up a City Farm or Community Garden. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more details.

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June 2016 – Regular monthly gathering + end of Turner Garden celebration

On Sunday 19 June 2016, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and celebrated the end of the Turner Garden with a reflection of all that has been achieved, along with a discussion about lessons learnt.

Download the meeting minutes


May 2016 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 15 May 2016, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs were progressed, including picking ripe pumpkins and lots of tomatoes.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the next steps for the Turner Garden and the celebration event planned for next month (Sunday 19 June), the working bees planned for the Dairy Road site and the consumption of delicious Turner Garden produce – roasted potatoes and pumpkin.

Download the meeting minutes


April 2016 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 17 April 2016, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the next steps for the Turner Garden, the celebration of our success in getting a grant for a tractor and the working bees planned for the Dairy Road site.

Download the meeting minutes

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March 2016 – Future of the Turner Garden

On Sunday 22 March 2016, the Canberra City Farm held had an evening gathering to discuss the future of the Turner Garden. This was followed by yummy pizza!

Everyone who came along got the chance to share their picture of what they want the Turner Garden to be; we discussed lessons learnt, the options for individual garden plots and crops, and the steps required to connect to mains water and get a 5-10 year licence for the site; and at the end we invited anyone who would like to partner with Canberra City Farm and join our coordinating group to do so.

Download the meeting minutes


February 2016 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 21 February 2016, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the workshop planned on 28 February to discuss the Expression of Interest for Enterprises at the Dairy Road site, the workshop planned for 20 March to discuss the Turner Garden continuing, the working bees at Dairy Road that have picked all of the grapes and made delicious grape juice and the Wetlands event that had Canberra City Farm and SEE-Change collaborating to make pedal-powered smoothies.

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January 2016 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 17 January 2016, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs progressed.

It was a great start to the new year with lots of new people.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the workshop planned for February to discuss the Expression of Interest for Enterprises at the Dairy Road site, the workshop being planned for March to discuss the Turner Garden continuing, the working bee on 26 January, the compost workshop and much more.

Download the meeting minutes


December 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 13 December 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the next steps with regards to the Turner Garden continuing, activities happening at Dairy Road and opportunities for upcoming workshops.

Download the meeting minutes


November 2015 – Scouts at Turner Garden

On Friday 29 November 2015, the Turner Pioneros Scout Group had a lovely evening at the Turner Garden.

Plenty of pizza was enjoyed by all who were there!

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November 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 15 November 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and got a few odd jobs progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the ongoing management, maintenance and direction for the Turner Garden.

Download the meeting minutes


October 2015 – Spring Open Week

Between Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 October 2015, Urban Agriculture Australia had a Spring Open Week at the Turner Garden.

Various activities took place during the week, including pizza making for kids, demonstrations of how to make wicking beds, poly tunnels, natural face creams and much more!

Here are some photos of the event:

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September 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 20 September 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and odd jobs to be progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the Turner Garden Spring Open Week.

Download the meeting minutes


August 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 16 August 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and odd jobs to be progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the ongoing activities at the Turner Garden and Dairy Flat Road, and the start of discussions for future priorities.

Download the meeting minutes


July 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 19 July 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and odd jobs to be progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was the next steps for the Turner Garden and Dairy Flat Road. It was followed by a working bee that painted the inside of the display container.

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June 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 21 June 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and odd jobs to be progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was discussion about creating a display around the time of Floriade at the Turner Garden and how to progress activities at the Garden.

Download the meeting minutes


March 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 15 March 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering and working bee, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and odd jobs to be progressed.

Of particular focus at this meeting was discussion about the different activities happening at the garden, such as painting the containers, creating wicking beds and constructing a pizza oven.

Download the meeting minutes


February 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 15 February 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities.

Of particular focus at this meeting was discussion about the garden principles. A small team are now working these principles up and will present the next phase of them at the next meeting.

Download the meeting minutes


January 2015 – Regular monthly gathering

On Sunday 18 January 2015, the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular gathering, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities.

The people at this meeting included: Jodie, Rob, Keith, Linda, Kerry, Madeleine, Michele, Val, Ben, Cindy, Walter, Danny, Edwina, Baihua, Peter I, Liz, Josh, Chris, Scott.

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Of particular focus at this meeting was discussion and analysis of the water, with Keith and Linda explaining their very comprehensive calculations. In short, we need around 360,000 litres of water each year to keep the currently planned Turner Garden flourishing and we just cannot capture and store on site that amount of water, unless we roofed the whole area and covered it in tanks.

Peter W. continues his discussions with ACTEW regarding connecting to mains water and until this is resolved, all plans for water/irrigation infrastructure are on hold.

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Here is a brief overview of where the sub-groups are up to:

People + Fun Team:

  • They have been discussing with Geoff Filmer, graffiti artist, about running workshops to paint the containers. He is keen but we need to source funding to pay for it.
  • Jodie met with Beyond Bank about funding for the container painting. They will get back to us in a couple of weeks.

Design + Construction Team:

  • The Master Plan has been finalised. Download Master Plan
  • The Kitchen Garden area in the display will be the first section of the garden focused on beyond the fence.
  • A soils workshop will be held on Sunday 1 February 2015, to test the soil in the Kitchen Garden area and start preparing the planting plots.
  • The green water tank currently on the site will be relocated to next to the demonstration house, inside the fence and connected to capture water off the house roof.
  • Danny is planning a workshop at his house over coming weeks to prepare posts for the garden beds.
  • Peter I. has been doing a wonderful job of coordinating this team, however he is having to step back from this role as he will be out of town for large parts of this year. Anyone interested in getting involved with this should contact us.

Education + Learning Team:

  • The team met before the formal meeting and agreed to get the list of upcoming workshops/courses on the website.
  • The team will meet again over the next few weeks to discuss with Will the Diggity Mentoring Program in more detail.
  • It was noted that all other teams running workshops will need to engage with this team so that everything is coordinated.

Marketing + Sponsorship Team:

  • They are working with the People + Fun team around sponsorship for the shipping container painting.

Propagation + Gardening Team:

  • They are keeping the plants alive. At the moment the plants looking healthiest are those in the wicking beds.
  • Now that it has been identified that the first garden to be progressed is the Kitchen Garden, the group will start planning the propagation processes.
  • They are also looking into what other plantings will be included around the garden, and considering breaking the team into smaller sub-groups to take on responsibility of different garden areas in the Master Plan.

Here is the latest Master Plan.

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December 2014 – Turner Garden Meeting and Master Plan Update

On Sunday 14 December 2014 the Canberra City Farm held it’s regular meeting, which provided an update of all Canberra City Farm activities and provided an update on the overall Master Plan for the garden. Following this meeting the Design + Construction Team met and finalised the Master Plan for the garden.

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Here is a brief overview of where the sub-groups are up to:

People + Fun Team:

  • They would like to see an event at the end of each harvest season.
  • They are keen to get a pizza oven and would be happy to organise a workshop for it.
  • They are keen to engage with local cultural groups who may be interested in using the space.
  • They would like to get holiday programs happening for kids.

Design + Construction Team:

  • They created a list of elements from the previous design days, analysed the site, then placed things in a Master Plan layout. Download the Master Plan here.
  • They are keen to get agreement from others on the Master Plan and then they will work out a schedule of activities/workshops.

Education + Learning Team – they met once and noted:

  • They have created a list of sustainability courses relevant to the Canberra City Farm.
  • They would like to establish a consistent feedback form for all courses/workshops.

Marketing + Sponsorship Team – they have met once and noted:

  • They have created and sent to each sub-group a standard template for promoting events.
  • They have worked out where signage will go and have the sign for ACTEW Water ready to put up when the containers are painted.
  • They are developing a standard protocol for sponsorship to clarify what we can provide to sponsors.

Propagation + Gardening Team – they have had a few gatherings and noted:

  • They had a wicking bed workshop and learnt a lot from that process. They would like to hold another one in early January.
  • They need a design before they can go much further with planting.
  • They would like to establish a monthly, or bi-monthly plant sale.
  • They have a watering roster in draft form but have not yet sent it around.
  • They have had lots of offers for manure and compost, but we need to agree how big we want the compost to be.
  • They would like to get a seed savers process started.

Download the meeting minutes


November 2014 – Turner Garden Propagation Workshop

On Sunday 30 November 2014 the Propagation and Gardening Team got together at the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden to make wicking beds.

It was a great day with lots achieved.

For information about how to construct wicking beds like these, check out this great YouTube clip.

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November 2014 – Turner Garden Open Day

On Sunday 16 November 2014 we held the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden Open Day.

This gave lots of people the opportunity to learn about the garden through regular guided tours, and to learn about the other groups around Canberra who were showcased at the Open Day.

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November 2014 – Turner Garden Launch

On Wednesday 12 November, Minister Rattenbury officially launched the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden.

As part of this launch he planted the symbolic lettuces with the help of Ricky.

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October 2014 – Turner Garden Design #2

On 28 October 2014, Canberra City Farm held the ‘Design Day #2’ at the Turner Garden, which provided the community another opportunity to come together and further develop ideas for the Turner Garden.

Download the Goal Setting, Site Assessment & Concept Design that was created for the garden.

Here are some photos from the day.

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September – Turner Garden Design Day #1

On 20 September 2014, Canberra City Farm held an ‘Information and Design Day’ at the Turner Garden, which provided the community an opportunity to come together and explore ideas for the Turner Garden.

Download the Information and Design Day Outcomes.

A concept design was created for the initial stage of setting up the site.
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Here are some photos from the day.
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Some initial analysis of this site has been undertaken.

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And construction on the site has commenced.

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And here is a mind-map of the different ideas for the garden.CCF-mindmap


How you can get involved

Everyone is welcome to join in the creation of the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden and join one of the Teams noted above.

If you would like to get involved with the Turner Garden project, please contact us.

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