City farms are growing in significance throughout Australia and the rest of the world, as a part of a global shift towards sustainable local communities who are committed to sourcing fresh food and actively participating in educational programs that reinforce the connection between the paddock and the plate.
The City Farm is coming to Sydney Park and will:
- grow fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables year round
- run a weekly farmers market
- minimise waste to landfill and maximise organic growing principles
- inspire and educate residents on how to grow their own food
- connect the city with the country
- provide volunteer opportunities for the community
- partner with local institutions.
The next stage
A concept design for the City Farm was on public exhibition from 16 March to 13 April 2015. The design included a terraced area for crops, an orchard, space for livestock, bush tucker plants, native bees and herbs. It also included a market place and space for learning and sharing ideas and culture.
During the consultation period, feedback from the community was incorporated into the new master plan for the farm.
A more detailed design is being developed and construction is due to begin later this year.
The story so far
The City was first approached in 2009 by Sydney City Farm, a not-for-profit community organisation, about finding a suitable site within the local area to incorporate a city farm.
A feasibility study was carried out to determine the best locations for a farm in the local area. Three public consultation workshops took place in 2010 to allow the local community to provide feedback. In late 2011 the feasibility study was presented to Council where it was favorably endorsed.
The City appointed a project manager in April 2012 to develop a detailed business plan in consultation with the City Farm Advisory Group. In September 2014, Council reviewed and endorsed the plan for city farm’s business activities, management structure and community aspirations.
Council endorsed the City Farm Master Plan on 18 May 2015 after it was backed by all councillors at the Environment Committee meeting on 11 May 2015.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2015