Category — Australia
If you thought true working farms were only for the country, think again. Sydney now has its very own organic urban variety, Pocket City Farms, located in Camperdown, near a major highway on a former bowling green.
By Yasmin Noone
Aug 16, 2016
“Our primary aim is to bring farming into the city and to create food as locally as possible… People can come past and see us growing the food and then come in on a Saturday to our market and buy the food. It’s a real instant connection.”
The new farm, which officially opened around six weeks ago (but took three years to get off the ground), is located near Sydney University, nestled in a side street off the Great Western Highway, and bordered by an art gallery, city park and small Portuguese museum.
August 21, 2016 No Comments
In 1996 the inventory of community gardens numbered just 60 but the online directory now lists 600 locations and there are more that have not yet listed.
By Helen Young
Russ Grayson of Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network says they are now part of standard urban design, with support from many councils. The volunteerrun network connects people across Australia who are interested in city farms and community gardening. In 1996 the inventory of community gardens numbered just 60 but the online directory now lists 600 locations and there are more that have not yet listed. The network offers free guides to setting up a community garden and basic techniques for productive gardening.
“The social design of a community facility is as critical as the landscape design,” says Grayson. “Learning how to work with other people, make decisions together and resolve disagreements is very important.” On 4.5ha in East Brunswick, Melbourne, CERES Community Environment Park runs an organic working farm, community garden, nursery, cafe, market and kitchen on what was once a desolate quarry turned landfill site. “We have 400,000 visitors a year, including 70,000 students,” says Melissa Lawson, group manager at CERES.
August 18, 2016 No Comments
“Staff from the horticulture department came along to teach us about soil preparation, watering, fertiliser and the risks and hazards of working in a garden such as wearing hard shoes and keeping our kids buckled in their prams,” Ash says.
By Doseda Hetherington
Swinburne University of Technology
June 27, 2016
Members of Swinburne’s award-winning Young Mums Program are ready to turn the first sod on their own community garden and plan to harvest beans, chives, parsley and thyme this spring.
Designed and built by the students as part of the program offering a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to mothers aged 15-20 years at Swinburne’s Croydon campus, the garden is an extension of a study program helping young women take control of their lives.
July 1, 2016 Comments Off on Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia
Mat Pember, whose the Little Veggie? Patch Co runs the garden at a small profit – charging $25 a week per box – fears the four-year-old garden will be “cut down in its prime”, in favour of a more lucrative helipad or car park
By Carolyn Webb
June 6, 2016
Mr Pember said the Press Club, Eau-De-Vie and Izakaya Den were among restaurants leasing boxes. Among 50 residents who rented were two couples from high-rise apartments who met here “and are now great friends and have dinner and go away together”.
Young people ranging from two-year-olds to university students visit to learn how to sow seeds, tend plants and harvest them.
June 14, 2016 Comments Off on 100 planter box community garden in Melbourne, Australia threatened with closure
The Footpath Gardening Policy (the Policy) allows residents and businesses to put planter boxes on the footpath and/or carry out gardening on footpath verges outside their properties under certain conditions.
This policy was adopted by the City of Sydney Council (the Council) in February 2013, and consent was provided by the NSW Division of Local Government in May 2013.
Planter boxes on the public footpath.
Planter boxes should contribute to the attractiveness of the street, but must also ensure pathways remain accessible and safe.
Residents and businesses are allowed to install and maintain planter boxes on the kerb side of the footpath outside their properties as long as they meet the requirements of this policy. Interested residents and businesses will be provided with an information package and a checklist and returned to the City. The checklists specify the minimum clearances and criteria for access and safety.
June 2, 2016 Comments Off on Sydney, Australia: The Footpath Gardening Policy
“As a young person, it’s really hard to get into employment if you don’t have either the networks or qualifications or haven’t had to practice those skills,” Stewart said.
By Alice Cannet
April 25 2016
One of Cultivate’s volunteers had been out of work and education for seven years before joining the group.
She had since put spent nearly 100 hours in the garden in the last three months and was studying horticulture at the National Trades Academy.
April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand
Survey of teenagers living in New Zealand’s cities has found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to farming and food production
Image from: If You Plant a Seed Hardcover by Nadir Nelson.
81 per cent admit they know only “a little” or “nothing at all” about these topics.
Press Release: Rabobank
Conducted by research consultancy Key Research, the Rabobank Farm Experience Urban Youth Research
15 March 2016
81 per cent of surveyed teens say they know only a little or nothing about farming and food production.
Eight per cent have never been on a farm, while a further 35 per cent have visited a farm three or less times in their life.
72 per cent don’t know anything, or know just a little, about how food gets from farm to plate.
March 18, 2016 Comments Off on Survey of teenagers living in New Zealand’s cities has found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to farming and food production
“It’s cheaper to go to Pizza Hutt and buy a $5 family pizza than it is to go to the supermarket and buy fruit and veg, which is absurd.”
By Cayla-Fay Saunder
Mar 13, 2016
Merivale Community Gardens coordinator Deb McCarthy says the community garden has been available for four years, and people respect it and use it, so the “next step is to take it to their backyards.”
But it’s not a set-up and leave sort of project, says Deb. Each backyard garden gets a mentor assigned to come back to the garden on a regular basis, “at least once a month,” says Deb, to see how the family and the garden are growing.
March 17, 2016 Comments Off on Taking community gardens to backyards in Merivale, New Zealand
“For some reason which alludes me, the council seems to always be revising the community garden council policy. They seem to spend most of their time making red tape and remaking it.”
By Shon Ho
Feb 25, 2016
“It’s not a complicated issue but council processes make it complicated. For example, the Coogee Community Garden took three years to be built and was very strongly opposed to by all the staff.?Many?people who had?joined the community garden?had left at the end of the three years because they got fed up. They said we came here to garden, not to go to council meetings.”
March 1, 2016 Comments Off on Australia: Community Gardens and Bureaucracy
The council does not allow structures or plants on nature strips to be higher than 50 centimetres.
By Benjamin Millar
February 16, 2016
Maribyrnong council will not allow planter boxes to be used for growing produce on nature strips, despite previously celebrating the success of an urban farming trial.
In 2013, the council piloted a program to install 10 wooden boxes in Pitt Street, West Footscray, and five in Eldridge Street, Footscray, in which community members could grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
February 20, 2016 Comments Off on Maribyrnong, Australia Council rejects planter boxes despite trial success
600 families benefited from food grown at the garden
By Jo Mckenzie-Mclean
Last updated 14:39, January 20 2016
Seymour said fresh vegetables were boxed with a selection of at least 10 vegetables and distributed to families who had been given a coupon from doctors, Work and Income, churches, and mental health and budget advisory services.
“That grows. I think last year we ended up with 20 different varieties. There are spuds, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, zucchini, carrots, onions, shallots, tomatoes…”
January 24, 2016 Comments Off on Otago, New Zealand community garden harvest feeds families
At the time there were 17 community gardens and at least 77 food-producing school gardening sites in the ACT.
By Ross Peake
The Canberra Times
Jan 16, 2016
Pastor Ken Perrin says his family history is in the vegetable gardening business in Melbourne. “My uncle was a market gardener in the Dandenongs.”
A couple of years after he and his wife, Chris, were posted to the church, they decided to make better use of the sad-looking tennis courts.
“Because it’s an ageing congregation, the two tennis courts weren’t being used and they needed a lot of work done,” Chris Perrin says.
January 19, 2016 Comments Off on Community gardens in Canberra, Australia are the quiet achievers
“There’s a lot of community gardens in Australia, but we’re set up as a market garden, so we’re selling produce, renting the land – we’re business owners really.”
By Amy Bradney-George
Ms Stewart says only a quarter of their small site is dedicated to garlic, with the growing area just 15 by 20 metres. A significant amount of the crop has already been sold to local businesses, with more set to be available to consumers through the farm’s online store.
“We’ve just sold somewhere in the realm of 200kg to the Tasmanian Black Garlic Company,” she says.
January 17, 2016 Comments Off on Hobart City Farm in Tasmania produces bumper garlic crop in small space
A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms
Harvesting radishes from a Taieri market garden for their graduation dinner last week are (from left) Farmhand programme manager Annika Korsten, Travis Cardno, University of Otago ecologist Jay Iwasaki and Micheal Hooper.
A farm training course for young urban people from Dunedin city has produced another five graduates who are now keenly pursuing careers in farming and horticulture.
By Rob Tipa
Dec 14, 2015
“The course is evolving all the time with a variety of experiences for students,” Korsten said. “We’ve only been here for four months now. We want to use it as an outdoor classroom and a controlled environment which is an ideal space for hands-on learning.”
When they first started, the soil was puggy so students built raised beds and wood-chipped pathways then planted out green manure crops of mustard, oats and lupins to add organic matter to the soil.
December 21, 2015 Comments Off on A rural training programme in Dunedin, New Zealand, aims at helping city youngsters get jobs on farms
Murray Hallum’s simple aquaponics units using fibreglass tanks made at Maclay North, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Murray has been a remarkable pioneer of home-based and small commercial units that are well-meeting a need for sub-tropical equipment.
A regular online newsletter devoted to best urban food production using developing technologies.
By Geoff Wilson
Vol. 1 No. 1.
As an agribusiness journalist and communicator for the last 58 career years it has been my observation that sound, urban-based growing of food and greenery has big advantages for humans. G. Wilson
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Innovative urban algae farming for food – only some eight major species of an estimated world total of 73,000 algal species are currently harvested commercially for human foods. Yet the growing of algae foods and feeds on clean agribusiness wastes and clean carbon dioxide wastes is relatively easy technology that has enormous implications for existing agribusiness companies operating in urban locations. Two important products are algal omega-3 oils and and high quality algal proteins.
Further advancement of urban hydroponics and urban aquaponics – the former being now well advanced in rural areas, but easily adaptable for urban sites close to fresh food markets, while the latter is currently transforming from mostly a scientific hobby into a commercial reality for urban and peri-urban sites.
November 8, 2015 Comments Off on Geoff Wilson’s ‘CitiesAlive’ – First Issue