City farm

City farm

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.

Television personality Costa Georgiadis with a local gardener at a community garden. Television personality Costa Georgiadis with a local gardener.

City farm

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 benefits

The City Farm is coming to Sydney Park and will:

  • grow fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables year round
  • run a weekly organic 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 farm site will be carefully designed to complement the existing uses and users of Sydney Park.

The next stage

Concept designs for the City Farm will be prepared in the coming months and shared with community through a comprehensive consultation process. The City is committed to the farm and providing the community with an important social meeting place to engage with rural practices in the heart of Sydney.

The City will continue to consult with community and interested stakeholders regarding the farm’s design and implementation.

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. 

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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 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 business plan and committed to the implementation of Stage 1 of the City Farm.

Our City Farm Plan and the City Farm Feasibility Study can be downloaded below.

Contacts

City of Sydney02 9265 933302 9265 9222

Links

Sydney City Farm Sydney Your Say: City farm

Summer Garden

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