Green thumbs up for city farm
Central Sydney is one step closer to having its very own farm.
At their September 2014 meeting, City of Sydney Councillors endorsed the plan for city farm’s business activities, management structure and community aspirations.
Television gardening expert Costa Georgiadis congratulated the City on a fantastic initiative that will transform people’s understanding of local food production.
Costa said city farm is one of the best developments to happen in Sydney in decades, and that every city needs one.
“This farm will be a legacy that will help reconnect people with local and seasonal food. It will become a well-loved place to understand how to grow food, cook it, preserve it and then share it in the heart of a thriving community,” Costa said.
Growing in significance throughout Australia and the rest of the world, city farms are part of the shift towards locally sourced foods and increased education on the connection between the paddock and the plate. City farmers reap the physical and social benefits of these communal spaces.
A city farm could:
- show how fresh food can be grown efficiently within an urban environment
- 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 learning institutions.
The farm site could feature innovative art installations and include a café that sells food grown on the farm.
The next stage
Sydney Park will be the site for the city farm.
A city farm community day was held in Sydney Park in mid-2012 where community members gave their input for the upcoming project. Key themes from the community included:
- growing fresh seasonal produce
- learning programs for all ages
- accessible spaces
- sustainable design
- community involvement.
The city farm advisory group meet regularly and provide guidance to the City on the city farm's business plan, design and ongoing community consultation.
The story so far
The City was first approached in 2009 by Sydney City Farm, a not-for-profit 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 contribute feedback. In late 2011 the feasibility study was presented to the Council when it was given the green light.
For a copy of the city farm feasibility study contact Andrew Ridge.
The City appointed a project manager in April 2012. The farm's business plan was endorsed by Council in September 2014.
City Farm Project Manager02 9246 726702 9265 email@example.com
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The farm itself will take some time to set up, but to give you a taste of what’s to come, we created a summer garden in Sydney Park, St Peters, in early 2013.
The garden was full of crops and produce not normally found in a backyard or local community garden, and was host to a number of weekend workshops covering topics from beekeeping and sheep dog trials to no-dig gardening.
The last hurrah for the summer garden was a harvest day in late March 2013. Produce from the garden was incorporated to prepare some tasty meals, OzHarvest shared tips on how to minimise food waste at home and a three-piece bluegrass band busted out some knee-slapping tunes.
Last updated: Wednesday, 17 September 2014