Community garden

Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe. – Thomas Berry

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race. – Wendell Berry

Our community garden, as of the spring of 2017, is  available to individuals in the area who wish to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables using organic and permaculture* techniques. Other reasons for providing this facility include:

  • to promote community cohesion and good local relations;
  • to help people reconnect with nature;
  • to help people learn the lost skills of vegetable and fruit growing.

We are grateful to D.A.E.R.A. for their generous financial support to help us develop the community garden.

Social horticulture. Using gardening in this way is an example of social horticulture. This is sometimes referred to as community horticulture – it is a leisure or recreational activity related to plants and gardening. No treatment goals are defined, no therapist is present, and the focus is on social interaction and horticulture activities.

Common Ground is proud to host a Grow It Yourself GIY group – this is a very successful platform from ChangeX which encourages people to grow their own food. This dovetails naturally with our community garden – you can get involved at the GIY site – GIY Fermanagh @ Common Ground N.I.

* Defined as  ‘an ethical design system for creating human environments that are ecologically sound & economically viable. Permaculture systems provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable’ (Peter Bane)

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2 thoughts on “Community garden

  1. Shirley Read

    Sorry maybe it’s just me (I am rather a dinosaur when it comes to computers) but I can’t seem to find a location for your project. While I would be interested in taking part I am currently without transport so before committing to anything I need to know where you are. I’m sure this information would be helpful to others as well.

    1. commongroundni Post author

      Hi Shirley
      The location is described in the about section. The farm is 3 miles outside Fivemiletown on the road towards Rosslea/Roslea. Where would you be traveling from? Which aspect(s) of the project are you interested in?

      All the best



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