References and Useful Links for Urban Agriculture
What is urban agriculture?
Urban agriculture is the harnessing of local land and biosystems to meet the food needs of urban communities.
Want to learn more?
It’s great to see that you’re really excited to learn more, connect with your community and get started on your Urban Agriculture adventure.
There are lots of fantastic websites, networks and books out there, along with people who are keen to share their knowledge, and help you out along the way.
To help get you started, we recommend:
Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network: www.communitygarden.org.au
Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh food, to learn, relax and make new friends.
The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network is an informal, community-based organisation which connects people interested in community gardening across Australia.
Landshare Australia aimed to help to connect people wanting to grow their food to people with land to share, along with a wider community of helpers who have skills and knowledge to share.
Currently the Landshare Australia website is not available. Information about this can be found at Landcare Australia.
The PermaBlitz catch cry is “Changing the world, one backyard at a time!” Its aim is to help its members turn their underutilised suburban spaces, lawns and gardens into incredible edible gardens filled with vegetables, fruit trees, and berries, as well as native vegetation and habitat.
Entirely volunteer and informal, and based on permaculture design principles, you’ll find local groups across Australia listed on the Permablitz website at www.permablitz.net/regional-groups.
Urban Farming Oz: www.urbanfarmingoz.com.au
A site dedicated to the encouragement and growth of the Urban Farming movement, a return home to food production in backyards and community plots. They have a good ‘Projects & How To’ section to get you started.
Sole Food Street Farms: www.solefoodfarms.com
For some inspiration all the way from Vancouver… Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables, available at farmer’s markets, local restaurants and retail outlets.