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Food for Alice

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.

 

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


Our People

Jade Kudrenko
General Manager

A lifelong Central Australian, Jade brings experience in advocating and working for the healthy futures of arid lands and its people, having held operational and leadership positions within the Natural and Cultural Resource Management, Local Government and Aboriginal Employment sectors. 

Over the past decade Jade has worked with Traditional Owners and Indigenous people across the Southern half of the Northern Territory, leading the workforce development efforts of the Aboriginal Ranger Program across Central Australia. Extensive work throughout the Central region has ingrained Jade’s appreciation for the arid environment and a commitment to be an effective ally of Aboriginal custodians caring for country. 

Previously, as an elected member to Alice Springs Town Council, Jade is known for defending Australia’s iconic desert and strategically driving inclusive and progressive change. 


Sophie El Mouttie/Blyth
Business Operations Manager

Sophie possess over 35 years experience working for both medium and large organisations in both the private & public sector and NFP in several capacities i.e. CFO/21C to managing director, Second in Charge to Managing Partner (Deloitte), Finance Manager, Manager of Financial Operation, Company Accountant (Toyota).  Sophie has designed capital & financial budgets, business & strategic plans, risk analysis, operational procedures, employment contracts & job descriptions and managed 1000EFT. Sophie has recently completed Governance Foundations for NFP Directors and has a Master of Business (Accounting) and Master of Business Administration (MBA).  


Jess Xavier
Communications and Campaigns Manager

Jess has worked with a variety of for-purpose organisations in the areas of Content Strategy, Copywriting, Facebook Marketing, Public Relations and Fundraising. Prior to joining ALEC in 2020, Jess was producing story and video content for Act for Peace, including for the award-winning Ration Challenge campaign to raise funds for refugees. Jess was fortunate to visit several international aid and development programs in countries including Ethiopia, Jordan and Gaza, to gather first-hand stories. 


Alex Vaughan
Policy Officer

Alex relocated to Mpartwe/Alice Springs from Sydney, where he completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney majoring in Environmental Studies and Plant Science, as well as completing Honours in Geography. Alex has published an academic paper on Sydney’s renewable energy transition, in addition to tutoring geography at USyd.  Alex loves to hike and camp, read about Indigenous history and Indigenous land management practices, cook tasty savoury treats and develop his native plant identification skills.  He is excited to be in Mpartwe/Alice Springs, to continue the fight to protect water, land, climate and culture. 


Kaz Philips 
Community Garden Network Coordinator

Kaz has recently returned to live in Alice after many years working in the food security, fair food sector in Melbourne with a small NGO called Cultivating Community. She is a passionate food gardener and has worked most recently as a Public Housing Community Garden Support Worker and Local Food Systems Project Worker. Kaz is a qualified Community Development Worker and Trainer. She brings a high level of cultural competence and strong communication, relationship building and networking skills. 

Kaz' lifelong passion for edible gardening is influenced by regenerative permaculture design principles and her professional practice is informed by human rights, social justice and feminist principles and analysis.



Hayley Michener
Program Manager - Community Solutions - Future Grid


Arid Edge Environmental Services

Alex McClean
Manager 

Alex McClean has worked in landscape design, horticulture and community development in both Timor Leste and remote Central Australia for over 10 years. An experienced designer, project manager and consultant, he has provided support to a wide variety clients including government, not for profits, small businesses, Aboriginal Corporations, and social enterprises.

Alex currently manages Arid Edge Environmental Services, the social enterprise arm of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and a not for profit business that delivers sustainable design solutions to remote communities in central Australia in the areas of design, land management, sustainable development and remote horticulture.


Ra Sim
Landscape Designer, Horticulturist

Ra is an Alice Springs based designer, junior architect, horticulturalist and community worker, with 10 years experience working in both urban and remote contexts. She is passionate about well designed, sustainable and practical solutions for housing and public spaces in central Australia and particularly remote Aboriginal communities.

 


Sunil Dhanji
Environmental Consultant & Landscape Supervisor

Suni is a passionate conservationist and experienced horticulturalist who has worked in the rural sector and land management arena across arid central Australia and central Queensland for over twenty years. This work has included Parks and Wildlife management in Queensland, natural resource management and community engagement for Greening Australia, Northern Territory, and fire planning and control with Bushfires NT. He is the author of the book “Weeds of Central Australia, a field guide” and is involved with Alice Springs Landcare to help protect and conserve patches of remnant urban bushland.


James Gomez
Landscaper & Waste Consultant

James is an experienced Landscaper with a passion for the environment and sustainable waste management. James has been involved in a variety of projects across central Australia including extensive experience in leading diverse teams and on-site project delivery in challenging work environments. James Prides himself on work safe practices and employee welfare.