The Food Gardeners’ Alliance – Grow your own food locally
The Food Gardeners Alliance (FGA) is an excellent example of a coalition that to lobby against the water restrictions for food gardeners in Victoria. FGA began in Summer 2007 when Melbourne gardener, Marika Wagner, was struggling to look after her vegetable patch.
Marika like many others, rents her inner suburban home and finds it particularly difficult to grow vegetables when water tanks are either out of reach financially or not worthwhile installing in a temporary situation. Marika decided that concessions were necessary for vegetable growing and so The Food Gardeners Alliance was formed.
Representing a collection of home-produce gardeners, horticulturalists, landscape designers and individuals, their first collective appeal collected over 3,000 signatures for the â€˜Water for Producepetition that was presented to the Victorian State Government on 13 March 2008.
The FGA are currently working with community, government and other organisations to develop guidelines for sensible water use and to bring the needs and benefits of local food production to the forefront of the public consciousness.
To find out more about the FGA email foodgardeners
This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems”, case studies by Ferne Edwards.