Sometimes you get to work with great people on really inspiring projects and this is one of them, a proposed large scale, innovative urban farm at Glen Junor in the Gisborne area, north of Melbourne, working with Nigel Sharp and Odonata.
Designed by The Sustainable Landscape Company and Australian Ecosystems, the farm has the potential to produce large amounts of food for the community and local charities, and to show how new communities can become more food secure, sustainable and circular economy.
The community farm design includes large areas for plot holders, orchard, farmers market space, cafe, playground, education area, rainwater harvesting, composting areas and more.
Stage one of the farm has been built and planted out using our Foodcube wicking beds.
Very keen to see these beautiful assets in all new communities to improve future food security and deliver a raft of benefits - nutrition, exercise, social connection, reduced food bills. TSLC produced a detailed briefing paper on the farm including design features, governance, revenue streams which can be read at the link below for those interested in a deep dive. Thanks to The Sustainable Landscape Company for sharing this briefing paper with us.
Congrats to the Glen Junor team for thinking outside the square, it will be a project worth watching.
These renters in Northcote are making the most of their 3 Foodcubes. In May 2020 the occupants transformed their backyard from a weed bowl into a thriving urban farm which has been pumping out fresh veggies ever since. The Foodcube is a perfect solution for renters who want to grow food. They are easy to assemble, super productive and when your lease is up, you can take them with you to your next house. You can also customise them to create structures to make your rental property more welcoming. These renters have used the Foodcube to create more seating space in their communal area. They've also used the trellis slot on the edge of the Foodcube as an impermanent pole fixture. This has allowed them to hang lights and bunting above the garden and has given them the option to add shade sails in summer. Foodcubes are also a great solution for city backyards where the existing soil has been contaminated with chemicals such as lead from paint washing off old houses. Check out our website for more food growing solutions.