Author: Reuben George
Tucked away from the indulgent consumerism and throw-away culture of modern life is the beautifully nurtured Camdenville Paddock Community Garden in Sydney’s inner west. Attached to the local primary school, the garden serves as a learning environment for kids and their parents. We had the privilege not only to explore this stoic concrete-jungle escape, but also to observe the importance of community and how together we can cultivate a sustainable world; one garden at a time.
Food Scrap Friday
On arrival we were greeted by the spectacular Lachlan Jobbins and a small treasure of food scraps collected from the local families - 197 kg’s to be precise! Each family brings an average of 3.8kg every Friday morning. This is just one of the initiatives which encourages community involvement and fosters a culture where food ‘waste’ goes further.
When Lachlan and the team at Camdenville first started with the program, they had a vision to re-educate the local community on the utility of food scraps. From a humble first term of 310kg (2016), the most recent school term hauled a whopping 1114kg - over 350% growth in two years. They've diverted up to 15 tonnes of carbon emissions to date! (1)
The power of community
The garden’s main source of nutrition comes from the compost made on site. Each week an average of 110 kg of food scraps are collected from over 35 local families. But, to help them breakdown effectively, those food scraps are combined 1:1 with wood shavings donated from a local furniture manufacturer! Thanks to these collaborators and forward thinkers, the Camdenville community can kick back and enjoy their beautifully picturesque garden.
How can we make a change
The team at Camdenville reaffirmed our belief that small changes in our everyday lives make a positive impact on the world. It can be as easy as finding a spare bucket to put your food scraps in.
It is our pleasure to announce that Camdenville Paddock Community Garden will continue to be a composting partner, helping us put your used coffee grounds to good use!
(1) Food-waste Greenhouse Gas Calculator