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Australia: Beyond the backyard: urban farming helps city folk get back to their roots

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Melbourne sustainability not-for-profit centre Ceres operates both a one-acre certified organic urban farm at its Brunswick site and a two-and-a-half acre market garden on council land. Photograph: Ceres.

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs, knowledge and social connections

By Willow Aliento
The Guardian
Feb 15, 2017

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In Perth, Green World Revolution cultivates microgreens, edible leaves, edible flowers, baby vegetables and cut herbs on 400 square metres of land in the city. A combination of raised beds constructed from recycled and repurposed materials and outdoor hydroponics is used to grow the produce.

The chief executive, Toby Whittington, says the farm currently supplies 35 restaurants around the city with fresh produce four days a week. Deliveries are made by bicycle and the farm also has a number of private clients that buy directly from the site.

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February 18, 2017   No Comments

Australia: New South Wales residents promote sustainable living through thriving community garden

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The Port Macquarie garden called The Lost Plot was initiated by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council and started in April 2014

By Emma Siossian
ABC Mid North Coast
Feb 8, 2017

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“There’s been a lot in the media I guess in the last 12 months about the multi-faceted benefits of eating locally, from a health perspective as well as an environmental perspective,” she said.

“There is a lot of interest in that in the community, especially in Port Macquarie where we have local food markets and other things happening to support what we are doing.

“There is nothing better than going and picking a fresh cucumber and then going home and making a Greek salad with it.

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February 13, 2017   No Comments

Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station

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Katrina Willis tends the strawberry beds at the railway park organic community garden. Photo: Karleen Minney.

A dozen members attend monthly working bees to manage the composting system and worm farm, water and weed common beds, followed by morning tea

By Susan Parsons
The Age
January 24 2017

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Down near Queanbeyan Railway Station there is a community garden filled with vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.

In 2002 the Railway Park Organic Community Garden opened as part of the design for a new park on the old railway goods yard in Queanbeyan. The idea came to life through the energy of a few neighbourhood residents and, for some years, it was supported by and part of the Canberra Organic Growers Society.

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February 1, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station

Western Australia’s ‘Green World Revolution’ Builds Urban Farms

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Toby Whittington is using urban farming as a platform to create employment opportunities. Photo by Attila Csaszar.

More than 120 long-term unemployed Western Australians have grown their future opportunities at an urban farm in East Perth during the past two years, supplying fresh produce to more than 30 restaurants and cafes across the metro area four days a week.

By Katie McDonald
Business News Western Australia
Jan 31, 2017

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“We want to work towards introducing a farm like this in every major suburb in Perth, to have 100 farms with 600 people employed.

“Then we can start to talk about how we’re having an economic effect on poverty and unemployment.”

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January 31, 2017   Comments Off on Western Australia’s ‘Green World Revolution’ Builds Urban Farms

Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

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The students visit supportive accommodation units once a week to maintain the garden. (ABC Northern Tasmania: Fred Hooper)

“For people with a disability I guess to actually master something that you can do — and you can do well — is really exciting,” Ms Jacobs said.

By Fred Hooper
ABC Northern Tasmania
Nov 30, 2016

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“It was actually quite natural to bring them out into the community so they can use the skills they’ve learnt at school in the community garden for the benefit of other people.”

One of the students working on the vegetable patch was Nathan, who said he enjoyed planting, weeding and watering the garden.

“I work in the garden school, I’m very clever,” Nathan said.

“I’m digging a hole and then I pull the plant out of the container and then put it in the hole and then put the soil back in and then put some hay or something around it and then it’s done.”

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December 5, 2016   Comments Off on Tasmania: Students living with disability hone skills through volunteering in community garden

Australia: Harmony Garden in Newcastle brings people of different cultures together for support and stories

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Hari Singh moved to Australia from India. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)

Each week a group of people from countries such as India, Poland, Spain, Germany and England gather at a suburban block in the New South Wales city to tend the garden beds.

By Robert Virtue
ABC Newcastle
Nov 24, 2016

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Stefinia Stisiikowski came to Australia from Poland 54 years ago, and now volunteers around the garden.

“When I came here I couldn’t speak English, but then after a few days I could read English,” Ms Stisiikowski said.

“God created me with many talents. I don’t have high education, but believe me, I can do whatever [you] ask me.

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December 2, 2016   Comments Off on Australia: Harmony Garden in Newcastle brings people of different cultures together for support and stories

New Zealand: Construction of Christchurch’s new edible garden and cafe to start 2017

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An early design for Otakaro Orchard.

The project is being driven by the Food Resilience Network, a collaborative group of about 30 organisations which have joined forces to encourage a strong local food economy.

By Liz Mcdonald
The Press
November 3 2016

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Project co-ordinator Chloe Waretini, of the Food Resilience Network, said it would be Christchurch’s most regenerative building.

It would not only be about resources such as water, energy and food, but also about making cities “more dynamic, lively and people-centred”, Waretini said.

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November 9, 2016   Comments Off on New Zealand: Construction of Christchurch’s new edible garden and cafe to start 2017

Farming on the Fringe

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Peri-Urban Agriculture, Cultural Diversity and Sustainability in Sydney

Dr Sarah James
Visiting Fellow
School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Springer Publication 2016

This volume offers a new perspective to debates on local food and urban sustainability presenting the long silenced voices of the small-scale farmers from the productive green fringe of Sydney’s sprawling urban jungle. Providing fresh food for the city and local employment, these culturally and linguistically diverse farmers contribute not only to Sydney’s globalizing demographic and cultural fabric, but also play a critical role in the city’s environmental sustainability.

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October 24, 2016   Comments Off on Farming on the Fringe

Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, argues that as population grows there is a greater need for green, open space

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City of Sydney, Australia Community Gardens.

“Community gardens turn pockets of urban space into productive organic gardens where residents can grow their own food,” Clover Moore said

By Nicole Frost
Domain
Oct 11, 2016

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A few suburbs across in Newtown, Marrickville Council’s Turtle Lane Community Garden has proved a hit with local residents.

There are 25 plots in the garden and a waiting list for eager residents to take part.

Martin moved around the corner eight years ago and started in the garden shortly afterwards.

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October 19, 2016   Comments Off on Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, argues that as population grows there is a greater need for green, open space

Australia: Melbourne’s community gardens could save the city’s food-bowls

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lidmal Click on image for larger file. There is a groundswell of support for urban farming initiatives in Melbourne, reaching as far as new communities in Doreen. Photo: Pat Scala

Michael Hands, of 3000 acres, a Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation that promotes urban agriculture, is working with developers to help establish communal gardens in projects.

By Christina Zhou, Kirsten Robb
Domain.com.au
Aug 20, 2016

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From large-scale community collectives to the humble backyard vegie patch, Melbourne’s plot culture has gained considerable traction in the past decade, with more and more people discovering the humble pleasure of GIY (grow-it-yourself).

But the future is not all ripe. Experts warn Melbourne will face a “perfect storm” in coming decades that will take suburban fresh food production from pastime to necessity.

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August 26, 2016   Comments Off on Australia: Melbourne’s community gardens could save the city’s food-bowls

Sydney now has its very own working city farm

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Organic market farmer Michael Zagoridis is part of the Pocket City Farms team. (Pocket City Farms)

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
SBS
Aug 16, 2016

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“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.

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August 21, 2016   Comments Off on Sydney now has its very own working city farm

Community gardens are flourishing in Australia

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Photo by Fitzroy.

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
The Australian
Aug 2016

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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.

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August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Community gardens are flourishing in Australia

Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia

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youmumL-R: Stacey Horsfall-Rodda, Leyvi, Jet, Regae Gordan and Ash Lanko hope to harvest herbs and vegetables by spring.

“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

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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.

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July 1, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia

100 planter box community garden in Melbourne, Australia threatened with closure

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malpopMat Pember, director of Pop Up Patch, a community garden behind Federation Square faced with closure. Photo: Vince CaligiuriClick on image for larger file.

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
The Age
June 6, 2016

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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.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on 100 planter box community garden in Melbourne, Australia threatened with closure

Sydney, Australia: The Footpath Gardening Policy

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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.

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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.

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Sydney, Australia: The Footpath Gardening Policy