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Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

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17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

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Christine Corner applies permaculture principles to her garden in Mudgee. (ABC: Sally Bryant)

You can pack a lot into a small yard and that’s what I’m trying to show people.

By Sally Bryant
ABC News
Apr 25, 2017

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During the past six months, Ms Corner has taken her garden from suburban residential to thriving small production system, with carefully designed complementary plantings to create the ideal growing conditions.

“I have always grown my own food, ever since I was little,” she said.

“My grandmother started me off doing that.”

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May 1, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

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“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

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“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

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Youth futures supervisor Darren Cornick with participant Peter Devlin attending the potatoes at the Heritage Forest Community Garden. Picture: Piia Wirsu

“The produce is fresher and you get a better idea of where you come from and there’s potentially a social element to it as well where either you’re involved with it yourself or you know other people who are involved with it,” Mr Wills said.

By Pila Wirsu
The Examiner
Mar 4, 2017

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Migrant Resource Centre community development officer Alister Mackinnon said the garden, which is open to the community as well as migrants, has been a great tool for community integration.

“Because it’s open to the community in general you inevitably have that mixing of people from all walks of life and cultures and backgrounds,” he said.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

Australia: Farmer’s son turned to urban farming after years in hospitality and IT industry

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David Sivyer, Feedback Organic Recovery. Picture: Chris Brown.

Newcastle, New South Wale. The best thing about farming in the city and suburbs is that I’m so close to the beach, so close to friends.

By Melinda McMillan
Newcastle Star
Feb 22, 2017

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What do you produce/grow/make? We are growing baby carrots and beets, mesclun mix, radishes, red Russian kale, cucumber, pumpkins and squash all on small farm within urban areas. Originally we started at Maryville at the old Hunter Valley Research Foundation but now farm on small patches in Cardiff and Wallsend.

What do you want the world to know about your product? That it’s a circle, we collect organic waste from cafes and restaurants, compost it and then grow in urban spaces and produce food that goes back to the cafes and to the general public.

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February 28, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Farmer’s son turned to urban farming after years in hospitality and IT industry

The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

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Just published in Australia

By Justin Calverley CERES
Harper Collons Australia
Feb 20, 2017

The guide for anyone who dreams of living the country life in the city by growing their own healthy, sustainable fruit and veg – and more!

Producing our own fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs and honey is perfectly possible in a suburban space, and this practical guide will help urban dwellers develop a more sustainable existence. With a deep knowledge of permaculture and organic gardening, horticultural expert Justin Calverley shows you how to establish a diverse urban farm, whether in your own backyard, a courtyard or even a balcony.

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February 25, 2017   Comments Off on The Urban Farmer: How to Create a Productive Garden in Any Space

‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

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Three new advertisements parody city farming: “Let us take care of the farming”

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Feb 22, 2017
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Australian Farmers Direct has launched a multichannel campaign showing families how to grocery shop in a way that benefits farmers.

Rolling out across a series of TVCs and out of home billboards, the campaign highlights the importance of supporting Australian farmers and parodies the recent trend of inner-city dwellers attempting ‘urban farming’.

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February 22, 2017   Comments Off on ‘Australian Farmers Direct’ Want Families To Stop Urban Farming

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

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

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