Sunday, June 26, 2011

Landshare in Australia: Connecting home-growers with those who have land to share

In 2009, Landshare emerged from UK TV series River Cottage. Described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (the guy behind the programs and Landshare) as a "UK wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all".

Along with Capital Growth, (a campaign to create 2,012 new food growing spaces in London by the end of 2012) Landshare is one of the most exciting efforts to facilitate UK community agriculture at a time of massively over-subscribed allotment waiting lists and people being keener than ever to grow their own food.

Over the last 3 years, Landshare in the UK has since grown into a thriving community, now 62,000 strong. In March this year, Landshare Australia kicked off and so far it boasts just over 1000 members.

Quoting from their website, Landshare is for people who:
  • Want to grow vegetables but don't have anywhere to do it
  • Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share
  • Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself
  • Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing
  • Are already growing and want to join in the community
It sounds obvious really (most of the best ideas do). Find people who need access to land and match them up with people who have land they want to share. Brilliant!

Let's hope it continues to gather momentum, if you're interested, check out their website and get involved. 

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