The Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc. is a non-profit organisation which was started in 1977 with the aim of providing a forum for organic growers to exchange information and encourage the general public to adopt organic growing methods.
This list is incomplete and I would be grateful to learn of errors and omissions. For instance, I don’t know in which year the Watson garden was established.
– Walter Steensby
Founded in August by the enthusiasm of Betty Cornhill. Named the ‘Organic Gardening and Farming Society of the A.C.T.’ or O.G.F.S.A.C.T.
Ran a single ‘guerilla’ (unofficial) garden for three years in Watson.
Name changed to Canberra Organic Growers (C.O.G.).
Membership sinks to 30; extinction of C.O.G. looking likely.
Watson garden moved to Mitchell owing to housing developments.
Membership built up to 96; extinction averted.
Adopted a Constitution.
Changed name to Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS).
Erindale garden established.
Cotter garden moved owning to proposed earthworks (still proposed).
Membership almost 300.
Oaks Estate garden established.
Cook, Dickson, Holder, Kambah, O’Connor and Queanbeyan gardens established.