3000acres has helped numerous new productive gardens pop up around our city (and greater Victoria)
The FareShare Kitchen Garden Abbotsford
In less than a year this garden has grown a tonne of veggies which were cooked into nutritious meals for people in need. We helped FareShare access this VicTrack land quickly and design a productive and safe food garden.
The Burundian Garden Mildura
This garden is growing traditional Burundian crops to share with the local community. We helped them develop and sign an memorandum of understanding with the landowner so that they could make the most of this land.
St Stephen’s Community Garden Brighton With our support, one dedicated resident found a community, land and funding to start a brand new community garden. Going from initial idea to thriving garden in only 6 months, this garden must be a record breaker!
And we want to make more!
We’re working with groups in Collingwood, Spotswood, Footscray, Clifton Hill, North/West Melbourne, Toorak and Wangaratta where more people want to start gardens. And that is why we've launched our first crowdfunding campaign: to raise money to get another garden up and running by July next year.
There are two ways thatyou can helpus make this happen:
We've already made it halfway to our target, and our sponsor, Patagonia, will be matching every dollar donated, which will ensure that we get over the line. But every extra dollar raised will help us make the new garden all the bigger and better.
Thanks so much for contributing to this community-led transformation of our city!
Our food systems are under increasing pressure from growing populations, diminishing resources and climate change. But, in a new report, we argue that city foodbowls – the agricultural land surrounding our cities – could supply more secure and sustainable food.
New analysis by Deloitte Access Economics has shown that Melbourne’s foodbowl contributes A$2.45 billion each year to the regional economy and around 21,000 fulltime-equivalent jobs. The largest contributors (to the economy and to jobs) in Melbourne’s foodbowl are the fruit and vegetable industries.
These losses can be minimised by setting strong limits on urban sprawl, using existing residential areas (infill) and encouraging higher-density living.
However, accommodating a future Melbourne population of 7 million (even at much higher density) will still likely mean we lose some farmland. The Deloitte modelling estimated this will lead to a loss of agricultural output from Melbourne’s foodbowl of between A$32 million and A$111 million each year.
Protecting our food supply
Australia’s city foodbowls could play a vital role in a more sustainable and resilient food supply. If we look after our foodbowls, these areas will strengthen cities against the disruptions in food supplies that are likely to become more common thanks to climate change.
The New Urban Agenda adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, or Habitat III, emphasises the need for cities to “strengthen food system planning”. It recognises that dependence on distant sources of food and other resources can create sustainability challenges and vulnerabilities to supply disruptions.
Resilient city food systems will need to draw on food from multiple sources – global, national and local – to be able to withstand and recover from supply disruptions due to chronic stresses, such as drought, and acute shocks, such as storms and floods.
In this future vision, highly perishable foods continue to grow close to the city. City waste streams are harnessed to counter decreasing supplies of water and conventional fertilisers, and increased investment in delivery of recycled water creates “drought-proof” areas of food production close to city water treatment plants.
If Australia’s cities are to retain their foodbowls as they grow, food will need to become a central focus of city planning. This is likely to require new policy approaches focused on “food system planning” that addresses land use and other issues, such as water availability.
We also need to strengthen local and regional food systems by finding innovative ways to link city fringe farmers and urban consumers – such as food hubs. This will create more diverse and resilient supply chains.
The Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival is back better than ever with a range of exciting events to inspire people to create their own food gardens.
Presented by Darebin City Council in partnership with Darebin Ethnic Communities, the Backyard Harvest Festival runs from 19 – 27 November in a celebration of home food-growing traditions from around the world. This is your chance to tour over 16 impressive home gardens around Darebin and participate in 7 great workshops, including keeping chickens and quails, aquaponics, and water efficient gardens.
Tours and workshops cost $10 ($5 Concession), Children are free.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited so BOOK EARLY! Home garden locations are provided at the time of booking.
Why not take advantage of our 20% off the ticket price when you attend 3 or more events? In the Eventbrite booking system, enter the promotional code MultiBYH16 in the ticket selection box of each of the 3 or more events booked. (Don’t just enter it at the last event – you must enter the promotional code when selecting and paying for each event to get the full discount)