About Canberra City Farm
Canberra City Farm is a not-for-profit group incorporated in April 2012. Since 2013 Canberra City Farm has been collaborating with other like-minded organisations under the banner of Urban Agriculture Australia.
- Keith Colls – President and Propagation/Gardening, and Public Officer.
- Jodie Pipkorn – Vice President and Communications/Odd Jobs.
- Danny O’Brien – Treasurer and Construction.
- Arian McVeigh – Secretary and Seed Savers.
- Baihua Fu – Membership Secretary and Vulnerable People Engagement.
- Walter Steensby – Ordinary Member and COGS/Community Gardens.
- Mark Spain – Ordinary Member and Education/Learning.
- Micah Wood – Ordinary Member and Food Box Initiative.
- Sharing + Community
- Ecological and societal sustainability
- Intergenerational equity
- Transparency + open communication
- Collaboration + inclusiveness
- Healthy food for all
- Food sovereignty
Canberra regional community living in harmony with a viable and healthy local environment.
To develop hubs where we creatively share knowledge and experience of living in harmony with a viable and healthy local environment through:
- Engaging and linking with the community
- Strengthening existing activities and groups
- Nurturing healthy soil to grow healthy food
- Demonstrating options for sustainable living
- Providing opportunities for learning by doing
- Fostering caring communities
Since September 2011 when we held the first Canberra City Farm workshop, we have achieved the following:
- promoted in local newspapers and on stalls at different events – started in August 2011 and ongoing
- built a diverse community of inspiring individuals and groups seeking to make a positive contribution to our future – started in September 2011 and ongoing
- established a collaboration website – October 2011
- established a regular monthly newsletter with over 500 recipients – started in October 2011 and ongoing
- undertaken extensive investigation of site options – started in November 2011
- developed an engaging set of promotional materials – started in October 2011 and ongoing
- presented to a large range of community groups and businesses – started in November 2011 and ongoing
- developed strong linkages including endorsements from many groups – started in November 2011 and ongoing
- commenced planning for potential activities – started in January 2012 and ongoing
- developed and agreed a shared vision, purpose and set of core values – April 2012
- became incorporated – April 2012
- formulated a business plan and budget to support our ongoing engagement with the ACT government – first delivered in April 2012 and ongoing
- managed a stall at festivals and raised money for our projects – started in March 2013 and ongoing
- delivered a range of workshops on different topics to inform and support people to take action – started in March 2013 and ongoing
- engaged with Government Agencies and various farmers – started in July 2013 and ongoing
- collaborated with a range of groups to create Urban Agriculture Australia and a display at Floriade – September 2013 and 2014
- acquired a site in Turner for two years to establish the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden – October 2014
- acquired a site in Fyshwick for 10 years to establish the Canberra City Farm Dairy Road Education Centre – December 2015