Landshare Australia

brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. The concept of Landshare began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community of more than 57,000 growers, sharers and helpers across the country. Now that Landshare is here in Australia, we welcome you to come and take part in this fantastic initiative.
Landshare is for people who:
  • Want to grow vegetables but don't have anywhere to do it
  • Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share
  • Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself
  • Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing
  • Are already growing and want to join in the community

It began with the tiny seed of an idea – and it's growing and growing.

Transition Kwoorabup Denmark Landshare

is a great way to get together with other Landsharers in our district. We have started up a group of growers in our area (hopefully will include a helper or two!) to swap tips and advice online, and perhaps arrange to meet up to share experiences, seeds and produce.
Our group can have its own blog and forum, and we can display listings from all our group members there as well as list events. You can also connect with groups and organisations that are related to ours.

Your can find land to grow on, share your land, and/or help with growing...

Grow - Find Land

Not all of us have access to space for growing. Yet there’s loads of land in Australia that’s under-used or forgotten. Some of it could be cultivated for vegetables and fruit, or even bees, chickens and other animals, which is where Landshare Australia comes in.

Share - Offer Land
Do you have a spare bit of garden you're not using and you'd like to share? Interested in getting some free fruit and veg in return? Or maybe you have acres and dream of a community farm?
Landshare Australia arrangements can range from an individual sharing a patch of their garden to groups such as schools, companies, churches, councils and community organisations.
If you're inspired by the idea of landsharing and want to find out more, take a look at the Landshare Australia case studies to see how others have done it.


Help - Have you something to offer?

Could you be a Landshare Australia Veg Doctor – someone with experience to share? You don't need to be a professional (although if you've grown prize-winning tomatoes and cucumbers, why not tell people).
Help can be much more than offering advice on growing. It can be looking after someone's plot while they're away, or tips on how to set up a community scheme.

Here's how you get started

1) Sign up! First you need to create an account. Go to http://www.landshareaustralia.com.au/signup/

You'll create a username and password which you can then use to log into the site at any time.

2) Fill in your profile with as much information as you can so that owners get a sense of who you are and whether you'd be suitable for their plot,
or that growers get a sense of who you are. An image will really personalise your profile.
3) Now post a listing saying where you are and what you’re looking for.

4) You can check for replies to your listing in your Console in My stuff. Keep checking your Console for new replies, and do make sure that you answer people who contact you.
5) Increase your chances of finding your perfect plot by regularly searching the Landshare Australia map by the 6333 postcode to spot new landowners near you. When you find a listing that sounds suitable, you can apply to grow there.
6) When a land owner gets in touch, have a chat - then see where it goes. You can use My messages for this. These emails are kept separate from offers of land relating to your listing. Again, check these regularly and remember that it's courteous to reply.
7) Use the pro forma agreements to help you come to an arrangement with the landowner.
8) When you've agreed your match, please remember to go back to your console to record your listing as matched! This helps us keep track of how much land is being shared, and also lets other landowners know that you're not available.
9) Celebrate your new plot by telling the community through our forums and by starting your own blog. It's a nice idea to post an image of your new plot in the resources section, then you can go back after all your hard work to compare the bare plot to your wonderful edible garden that you've created. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep in touch.
10) Access how-to guides and ask questions to help you get stuck into transforming your plot, and search for helpers.
11) If you like, you could join the Transition Kwoorabup Denmark Landshare local group in our area. This allows you to get together with other growers near you to swap advice, and even get together on your plots to swap seeds and food.
12) Help others do the same. Once you've got the skills and the experience, you could help other new growers get started by updating, becoming a helper and answering community questions. You could also help promote and take part in our campaigns to get more people growing their own food.