The Urban Orchard


The Urban Orchard is a model for homegrown urban produce growing and exchange. Friends of the Earth Adelaide, in collaboration with the Goodwood Goodfood Co-op established the Urban Orchard at the Clarence Park Community Centre in 2007.

The Urban Orchard is composed of a network of households across the inner suburbs of Adelaide who meet monthly to swap and share the produce of their backyard (or frontyard!) gardens, and conduct workshops on gardening and preserving the harvest. Similar exchanges are springing up across Australia as communities adapt the concept to meet their own local needs.


Why an Urban Orchard?

– To learn how to make marshmallow dolmathes and to raise awareness of traditional and innovative ways to use locally grown produce

– To provide an opportunity for people to utilise otherwise-wasted fruit, vegetables, herbs and seeds

– To create networks within the neighbourhood and build stronger local communities

– To reduce green waste and pressure on landfill

– To provide healthy, seasonal food for the community

– To share valuable skills, from pruning to preserving

– To reduce the need to transport produce from outside the city, state or country! Less transport means less fuel burned, less pollution and less greenhouse gas emissions.

The project facilitates a monthly produce swap; seasonal pruning workshops and fruit preserving, jam and sauce making days; assistance with harvesting and tree maintenance; information on backyard gardening techniques, pest control and more!

Where’s your local?

Community Fruit & Vege Swap (West Croydon)

10.00am, Saturdays weekly over summer, monthly over the cooler months

McInerney Reserve, Kilkenny – parking from Pinda St

Independently run by local residents

Brompton/Bowden Food Swap

10.00am, Saturdays

Parfitt Square Reserve, Bowden

Visit their Facebook page for more information

Essential Edibles (Joslin)

8.30am-11.30am, first Sunday of the month

Joslin Reserve, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Joslin

Visit, or contact Lisa on 08 8132 1717 for more information

Henley Fruit and Veg Swap

10.00am-11.00am, first Saturday of the month, at alternating venues

Hosted by the Henley Community Garden and the Grange Organic and Sustainable Market

Email Alison for more information, or phone 0400 288 545

Mount Gambier Fruit and Veg Swap Meet

On the verandah of the Mount Gambier Library

Email Lucy for more information, or phone 08 8724 5222

Mount Pleasant Fruit and Veg Swap

9.00am-12.00noon, fortnightly on Sundays

Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre, 132 Melrose Street, Mount Pleasant

Contact the Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre on 08 8568 1907

Nareen Produce Swap

10.00am-11.30am, last Sunday of every month

Nareen Hall, Nareen, Victoria

Contact Sardie on (03) 55798548

One Planet Market

9.00am-12noon, third Saturday of the month

Payneham Community Centre, 374 Payneham Rd, corner Arthur St

For more information, contact 0437 653 858 or

Semaphore Swap

10.00am, last Saturday of the month

Bower Cottages Community Centre, 200 Bower Road, Semaphore Park

Email Gale, or phone 08 8408 1395

The Urban Orchard (Clarence Park)

10.30am-11.30am, first Saturday of the month

Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest


The Urban Orchard (Gawler)

First Saturday of the month

Gawler Community House, 2 Scheibener Terrace, Gawler

Email Jill for more information, or phone 8522 4601 or 0408 084 129

Walyo Yerta Produce, Seed and Seedling Exchange

9.00am-12noon, every Sunday

Walyo Yerta Community Garden, south of Veale Gardens, South Terrace, Adelaide

Email Mij for more information

Start one yourself!

Communities around Australia are adapting the Urban Orchard concept to meet this unique local needs. Click here to download a do-it-yourself guide based on our own experiences starting a produce exchange, and some things you might like to consider. We love to hear about new projects starting up, so let us know about your plans!

An Urban Orchard: the Film!

The new documentary An Urban Orchard, documenting the story of the Clarence Park swap, and celebrating food and gardening traditions on the Adelaide Plains premiered at the Feast of Film in August 2010.

The Adelaide Review – August 2009

Australia Today: September 2009

StatelineBarter trade, 16 October 2009