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Food for Alice

Projected paused for 2023 


Food For Alice runs a weekly farmer’s produce market on Saturdays 9-11am (reopening 13 June) at the Alice Springs Community Garden, 105 Burke St, East Side.

Food for Alice (FFA) is a food project which connects local people with local produce. We are a social enterprise working toward food security for our community. Every Saturday from 9-11 we hold a market at the Alice Springs Community Garden (ASCG) – selling fresh, quality produce from local, ethical suppliers including farmers, the ASCG, bakeries, honey producers, coffee roasters and backyard growers.

Want produce?: Come to the FFA market!
Saturday, 9-11
Alice Springs Community Garden, 105 Burke St, East Side

Got produce?: Get in touch!
Email – [email protected]
Drop off – Saturday 8-8:45

Got time?: Become a volunteer!
Email – [email protected]

When you support FFA you help reduce food waste, food miles, support local producers and help fight the supermarket duopoly. Profits support the Alice Springs Community Garden. Join us in creating a culture and community around local food. See you on Saturday :)

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Alice Springs Community Garden

ALEC has been supporting the establishment of a community garden in Alice Springs since 2007, and continues to provide ongoing organisational support. The Alice Springs Community Garden (ASCG) has come to be a thriving hub of activity with more than 50 personal and community gardening plots, bush medicine and mandala gardens, a cob oven and regular working bees and community events. The garden is run by a volunteer committee and recently became a Garden for Wildlife member.

Regular community events are held at the ASCG, and provide an opportunity to learn more about best arid zone gardening practices.

The ASCG is located at Frances Smith Park (between burke and Kurrajong St, Eastside). Regular working bees are held from 8.30am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays or every month. Volunteers are always welcome, just remember to bring a hat, closed shoes, protective clothing and a water bottle.

The ASCG is dedicated to sharing best practice food gardening in Alice Springs, and businesses, schools, community organisations and individuals are encouraged to become Friends of the Garden to access quality information, connect with each other and share resources. 

Friends of the Garden receive

  • bi-monthly E-newsletter
  • access to communal plots and produce at the Garden
  • eligibility to apply for a private garden plot
  • access to local gardening advice and expertise
  • access to community food projects including Food for Alice.
  • access to Garden working bees and social events

You can become a Garden Friend by joining ALEC. Once you become an ALEC member you need a garden site induction at one of the garden working bees to be able to receive the gate code.

To find out more information about the ASCG please email [email protected], keep up to date via the ASCG Facebook page or sign up for the garden newsletter

Check out the latest news on the community garden blog.



Image: Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis at the Alice Springs Community Garden

Our People

Adrian Tomlinson

Adrian holds degrees in environmental engineering and philosophy.  He brings experience in advocating and working for water security in both Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with Government, community and industry.

In Western Australia, Adrian worked to protect drinking water supplies from contamination and then as a Manager for the Swan-Canning Cleanup Program, a catchment wide program to keep Perth’s waterways healthy.  In the Northern Territory Adrian has worked as a water resources planner with the Department  of Environment, Parks and Water Security.

Roz Walden
Operations Manager

Roz is a progessive, senior leader who is passionate about strengthening the community sector and promoting the value of place-based community advocacy organisations. Holding undergraduate management qualifications and a Masters in Environmental Management, Roz brings to ALEC her 15+ years’ experience in leadership and management spanning not-for-profit environmental advocacy, environmental consultancy, small business, tourism, and events.

Prior to joining ALEC, Roz headed up ALEC's sister organisation in far North Queensland so is familiar with the sector, advocacy and workings of local environment centres. As Operations Manager, Roz manages ALEC’s operational systems to deliver improved organisational effectiveness and capacity to help the organisation reach its goals.


Alex Vaughan

Policy Officer

Alex is passionate about caring for the arid and semi-arid lands. He engages with policy and advocacy opportunities across water, biodiversity conservation, mining and climate. Currently, he is a Masters of Climate Change student, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Studies and Plant Science, and Honours in Geography.

Alex loves to hike, read, cook savoury treats and slowly improve his plant ID skills. He is grateful to be based in Mpartwe Alice Springs to continue the fight to better conserve water, land, climate and culture. 


Hannah Ekin
Fracking Campaign Coordinator

Hannah organises locally and up the Stuart highway as part of a broad coalition committed to stopping fracking in the NT. 

In a time and place where it's clear that things need to drastically change to address ongoing injustice compounded by runaway climate change, Hannah is interested in the question of how we can best work collectively to overcome vested interests and system inertia to achieve environmental justice goals.

Lucy Snedden - Fundraising and Community Support Coordinator

Lucy lived in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) for five years and is now based in Naarm (Melbourne). They are passionate about and have worked in ecological restoration, environmental advocacy and community engagement with local landscapes/Country.  They love hiking and camping out in the bush and are constantly in awe of the beauty and resilience of the plants of the arid lands. They have been working in the Fundraising and Community Support role with ALEC since October 2023.


Ace Goddard - Operations Coordinator

Ace first got involved with ALEC through learning about central Australian gardening practices at the Alice Springs Community Garden. Committee member, all rounded, found her way into the ALEC office supporting the Operations Manager. Ace has a passion for team work, information management and systems. Ace’s background is in information management, librarianship and has a passion for public libraries. Ace grew up in Naarm and came to Mparntwe in 2017.




Meret MacDonald - Communications, Campaigns and Community Engagement

Bio to come.