Sustainable local communities
City farms are growing in significance throughout Australia and the rest of the world, as 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.
Our City Farm
We are creating a City Farm on a half hectare site in Sydney Park at St Peters. A detailed design for the farm is being developed and construction is due to begin in early 2016, with farm activities projected to start later in the year.
The City Farm is being set up as a social enterprise with management of the farm modelled to transition over time from the City of Sydney to the community.
The City Farm will be a place for food production, farmers markets, community participation, education, innovation and collaboration. Features will include:
- growing fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables year round
- running a weekly farmers market
- minimising waste to landfill and maximising organic growing principles
- inspiring and educating locals on how to grow their own food
- connecting the city with the country
- providing volunteer opportunities for the community
- partnering with local institutions.
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The story so far
The City was first approached in 2009 by a not-for-profit community organisation, now called City Farm Lovers Sydney, about finding a suitable site within the local area to incorporate a city farm.
In 2010, a feasibility study was carried out to determine the best locations for a farm in the local area. This included 3 public consultation workshops for local community feedback, and in 2011 the feasibility study was endorsed by Council.
For 10 weeks in early 2013, a trial summer garden was established with the community in Sydney Park. A detailed business plan was then prepared in consultation with the City Farm Advisory Group.
In September 2014, Council endorsed the plan for the City Farm's business activities, management structure and community aspirations.
Next the concept plan was created and after a period of community consultation in March and April 2015, a master plan was developed. The City Farm master plan was endorsed by Council in May 2015 allowing for detailed designs for the farm to be prepared.
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Last updated: Monday, 8 February 2016