Established through the Green Project Fund, edible gardens at Roseworthy and Waite epitomise 'grassroots' campus sustainability.
Roseworthy Student Garden
A collaboration between Roseworthy student residents and grounds staff from Programmed Property Services delivered a self-sustaining edible garden in the heart of the campus. The once vacant space now provides students and staff with a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as plenty of space to sit, study and socialise.
The garden design incorporates reclaimed items collected from across the University’s three campuses. 90% of all materials have been repurposed or donated, including the stones that border the garden beds, originally from the Roseworthy chapel, IBC containers turned planter boxes from the Waite Winery and cement troughs from North Terrace, which now house thriving herb gardens. This project has been shortlisted in the 2019 Green Gown Awards Australasia.
Waite Community Garden
Located behind the Lirra Lirra Cafe, the Waite Community Garden aims to foster an appreciation of the benefits and challenges of growing fresh produce at home and in the local community. The garden was opened by Sophie Thomson from Better Homes and Gardens in 2015.
Users can learn about worm farming, waste minimisation, management of pests, disease and weeds, and how to work together to produce great results. The garden is regularly frequented by staff and children from the Waite Campus Children's Centre, as part of their award-winning Education for Sustainability program.