Category — Australia
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 No Comments
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 No Comments
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 No Comments
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
The kitchen garden where much of the produce for the menu will be grown
Excerpt from restaurant’s website:
Chiswick’s’s unique 150 square metre kitchen garden links the kitchen to its beautiful garden surrounds and provides fresh, home-grown produce. With plantings rotated by season, the garden has a trellised section, potted herbs and garden beds created from natural timber sleepers. Chiswick has a dedicated gardener who tends the garden and works with the chefs to decide on the best seasonal plantings.
December 19, 2012 Comments Off
Country life for city folk
Excerpt from Farm’s website:
Only 5km from the centre of Melbourne, nestled on a bend of the Yarra River lies seven hectares of paddocks, gardens, orchards, rustic buildings and shady trees.
Established in 1979 the Collingwood Children’s Farm is a not-for-profit community resource providing country experiences for city people.
Open every day of the year. Visitors can milk the cow at 10am and 4pm, bottle feed young lambs (seasonal), wander around, feed the animals, help with farm chores, go into the paddocks with the sheep and goats, cuddle a guinea pig, waddle with the ducks, feed the chooks, look for eggs or just sit and unwind under a shady tree or on the banks of the Yarra river.
December 18, 2012 Comments Off
Perth City Farm showcases innovative urban farming.
Perth City Farm is an urban community garden, education and network centre that operates on permaculture principles. We promote healthy environments that are productive and diverse.
The East Perth City Farm was founded in 1994 as an initiative of the Planetary Action Network (PAN), the youth branch of Men of the Trees in Western Australia.
Before becoming an organic permaculture centre, the site was used as a scrap metal yard and a battery recycling plant. Perth City Farm has transformed the site in order to demonstrate how heavily degraded land can be rehabilitated.
November 11, 2012 Comments Off