Category — Australia
Mission: To develop a model Community Food Garden demonstrating best practice in sustainable food production and preparation, supported by a community of Food Gardens and food gardeners
The Tasmanian Community Food Garden is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the area formally known as Pete’s Patch. The garden it’s self will consist of 20+ small gardens, an education centre and training facilities. The aim is to engage community groups from schools, migrant, older Tasmanians, Salvation Army, SecondBite etc to take ownership of the planting and maintenance of a veggie patch within the greater garden. It’s like a large group of community gardens in one location that will be facilitated by the RTBG in maintaining and growing this resource.
February 25, 2014 No Comments
NSW government architect Chris Johnson thinks the idea would work in Australia
By Toby Johnstone
Sydney Morning Herald
January 28, 2014
When Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut put forward an “urban farm” concept for a twin-tower development in New York, called Dragonfly, in 2009, he was laughed at.
But industry experts in Sydney say the idea may catch on.
February 6, 2014 Comments Off
What about those vacant lots? Kate Dundas at TEDxMelbourne.
3000acres aims to unlock under-utilized land across the city to grow food and build strong communities.
Kate Dundas is interested in how we think about and use land. She is passionate about finding ways to connect people back into the food chain by making it easy for people to access land to grow food and build community. Kate’s vision for a fresh food city was inspired by 596acres in New York, she is attempting to bring the project to Melbourne and unlock the vast acres of land which lie underutlised, and hidden in plain sight in our city. She is a senior Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at Planisphere in Melbourne. She works on long term plans for communities and cities along with designing parks, gardens, streets and spaces.
Excerpt from 3000acres:
THE PROBLEM: At the moment accessing land for food growing process is a complex process. There are no standard approaches and no best practice models. To unlock land and create opportunities to grow more food in more places collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and the community is needed.
December 15, 2013 Comments Off
Demand for our produce is constantly growing and new markets are popping up all the time, but we all agree that if we only scaled up by a factor of two, it would stop being an enjoyable hobby and start being a very low paying job!
By Kirsten Bradley
Dec 4, 2013
- Whats the total square meters you’ve got under cultivation?
We’ve got precisely 182 sq.m under cultivation – 14 x 13m long beds (it’s a nightmare to plan given 13 doesn’t divide well!)
- How many work hours (total) do you estimate per week are getting spent on this patch, spread across how many people?
We’ve been keeping a tally of hours spent on the project (including time spent planning etc.), which in the first six months added up to roughly 500 hours, so about 20hrs / week shared between the three of us.
Our normal work week is Monday afternoons planting and weeding, Saturdays picking and selling. A lot of time has been spent in setting up infrastructure (fencing, post-harvest wash stand etc.) which will (hopefully!) taper off in the future.
December 7, 2013 Comments Off
A curated set of tools for growing food in the city
Excerpts from their website:
Foodscape is the flagship suite of products by Urban Commons.
It empowers people to connect with food by making it easier for them to grow food together in their neighbourhoods, at work, and other places of social gathering.
We are all part of the local food system and Foodscape enables us all to create social change through shared experiences around food.
December 7, 2013 Comments Off
Vessels concocted from former advertising banners, concrete and plastic
By Megan Backhouse
Sydney Morning Herald
November 28, 2013
Composed of edible plants growing out of vessels concocted from former advertising banners, concrete and plastic, this living exhibit will be tended and harvested over the next four months as part of the wide-ranging exhibition, Melbourne Now.
Devised by the design consultancy Urban Commons, the installation is both an ephemeral art piece and a practical demonstration of the ways in which edible gardening can foster community ties.
December 6, 2013 Comments Off
Ask Peter Burke, principal of Daylesford Primary School, to talk about the benefits of the school’s kitchen garden program and he’s stuck for words. There are so many, he says, he doesn’t know where to start.
By Necia Wilden
November 09, 2013
“In a garden there is nature, science, maths and vocabulary; in a kitchen it’s the same. It crosses over into so many areas of the curriculum,” Burke says.
“Social confidence, hands-on learning, gaining a real understanding of issues of sustainability and recycling … ”
Once a week, students from Years 3-6 spend an hour in the regional Victorian school’s kitchen garden, learning how to grow things.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off
Eventually Agropolis hopes to provide a ‘garden to plate’ experience via a mobile kitchen.
By Andreas Wesener
Lecturer in Urban Design
School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, New Zealand
Agropolis is a new transitional urban farm in Christchurch’s central city situated on a vacant earthquake site not far from the popular C1 café. Founded this year, a number of dedicated volunteers (including the author) have so far invested their precious spare time to create a wonderful new transitional and productive open space for everyone interested in growing and eating locally produced food. The official launch of the project will take place on Friday 25 October, 4 – 6 pm as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) on Labour Weekend.
October 24, 2013 Comments Off
Australian Greens party announce $46.5 million plan for kitchen gardens in 800 schools around the country over four years
“It is time to expand the number of schools that can have a kitchen garden because the current demand is not being met.”
By Alex Blucher
Aug 30, 2013
From July next year, the plan would fund 200 schools a year with $50,000 each.
The plan also includes putting food and fibre into the national curriculum and grants for adult nutrition education programs.
Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says it’s critical to good health for children.
September 2, 2013 Comments Off
The story behind feeding the entire Sydney Opera House audience of 2,200 people at TEDXSydney 2013 with crowd sourced locally grown food.
By Lisa Hudson
Good Food Australia
May 6, 2013
(Must see. Mike)
The ARIA Catering team had taken six and a half hours to sort through it all: carefully wrapped bunches of herbs in envelopes accompanied by handwritten notes, bantam and quail eggs nestled in brown paper, spring onions plucked from an inner-city balcony, two pigs, a couple of steers and a mammoth wagyu cow weighing in at nearly 300kg.
This locally grown and donated produce, and more, was to feed all 2200 TEDxSydney attendees in a powerful demonstration at the weekend not only of crowd farming – a burgeoning global food movement – but community spirit.
July 20, 2013 Comments Off
Purslane has a crisp, tart flavour, and more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy green ever tested
By Adam Grubb, Annie Raser-Rowland
Hyland House Publishing Pty Ltd
Step into the world of our least admired botanical companions, peel back the layers of prejudice, and discover the finer side of the plants we call weeds. This book reveals how to distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike, which weeds are among the most nutritious vegetables ever tested, and how you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung …It will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.
July 10, 2013 Comments Off
Features Murray Hallam Practical Aquaponics
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producers: Danny Keens, Hannah Boocock
For many Australian families, putting enough food on the table is a daily struggle. And things will get worse before they get better.
You see the world’s got too many mouths to feed and we’re fast running out of good farming land.
It’s being overgrazed, gobbled up by sprawling cities, or sold up to foreign interests.
April 17, 2013 Comments Off
At the Collingwood Children’s Farm, the only farm in the Southern Hemisphere recognised by the European Federation of city farms, Ela milked a cow, demonstrating a skill she gained during 35 years living on the Phoenix Farm settlement in South Africa, and also fed pigs and goats.
Ela is the first person of such international social and human rights standing to publicly visit the farm.
Australia India Institute
25 February 2013
Internationally renowned social activist and granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi has visited Melbourne to engage with women victims of domestic violence and visit other institutions aligned with her and her grandfather’s belief of non-violence.
The eminent South Africa-based thinker and advocate of Gandhian non-violent solutions participated in a program of events framed around the theme Global Problems, Local Solutions which included a visit to Collingwood Children’s Farm, the Hanover Welfare Services shelter for homeless people, and the University of Melbourne’s Early Learning Centre.
March 13, 2013 Comments Off
“I stand in front of one of our mango trees which has at least 300 beautiful Bowen mangoes on it. This year has been a great season for mangoes in our sub tropical climate of Brisbane.”
Cityfood Growers is located in Samford, Queensland, Australia
Cityfood Growers Blog post
Jan 4, 2013
You can extend the cropping season of your mango trees by choosing early, mid and late cropping varieties (cultivars). In addition, you can also choose cultivars that are more dwarf in size as the mango trees can grow quite large, up to 15m high) if not pruned. In our Gardener subscriber site, you can find a large number of mango cultivars grouped into cropping, dwarf and heritage and sorted based on your local climate profile. The cultivar we grow at our place in Brisbane is Kensington Pride which is a very common Bowen mango variety for Australia.
January 27, 2013 Comments Off
Aquaponics and algae farms will help change Australia’s food industry
By Geoff Wilson
Aquaponic Network Australia
Vol 2, No 1, Jan 15. 2013
Early signs of massive changes in the $100 billion a year (retail value) Australian food industry include:
Considerable new Australian investment into large-scale and home-scale urban and peri-urban aquaponics for production of more valuable, organic, fresh healthy foods such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs, many vegetables, most herbs, plus some fruits.
Pioneering new investment into urban and peri-urban algae-growing industry – to provide important food additives such as essential oils and high quality food proteins, feed proteins plus petroleum-competitive local transport fuels.
January 16, 2013 Comments Off