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Resource – Role 3 outcomes from the workshop at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on food, 28 May

Posted in Events, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on June 16th, 2008

At the recent Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems, VicUrban led a discussion / role play on how developers could contribute to productive gardening in estates. The audience consisted of 78 knowledgeable sustainable food enthusiasts who provided some very interesting feedback. Please find the raw data of the first of three role’s below.

Gardening Communities: What can a developer do to facilitate a productive gardens culture?

Role #3 – You have lived in the development for more than 10 years. What does the productive landscape look like?

  • Active web of community gardens
  • New land opened or sold for development should be reserved for community gardens
  • 3/4 of the land used for development of some sort involving plantings, watering systems – everyone who is not able to do or is on their own to receive help via working bees & then store produce
  • PRIDE in their vegie garden PLUS feeling part of community friendship
  • Commitment & genuine interest in productive gardening
  • Very green
  • Busy (with people)
  • Diverse according to area/ section of development eg. Orchard/ meadow/ fresh produce, etc.
  • Shared community gardens & orchards
  • Kitchen garden program ins the local school
  • Redistribution of surplus produce to people in the community in need

VicUrban: Sustainability

  • Green busy!
  • Lots of layers ie. landscape – canopy, mid storey, under storey
  • You would be able to sread people culture / interest better

Mature background which would include flowers
Creating a sense of place and enhance the market as a community centrifuge

Food glorious food!
I have more time to spend with family because I dont have to go to the supermarket
Need developer support
Bulk foods coop
Buy what you need – eliminate packaging. Yay! Because no waste / rubbish

The area would be green covered with seasonal crops & fruit trees and maybe even poultry adding to the sustainability

Diverse, companion planted areas
Room for native animals, insects
Strong community group with good planning skills

Green, hive of activities, people talk to each other
Abundance of food – people know each other
Food related community activities

Use of vertical spaces – espallier fruit trees/ vines on fences/ walls
Pumpkins on roofs
Edible streetscapes – Vegies among natives on the nature strip and front gardens and all spare land
Not much concrete!

Co-ordinated food production between communities
Well organised and managed

Community bake off
Less obvious fence around private property
More accessible

Fully productive food gardens & production
Energy efficiency & sustainability
Fully off the grid and water efficient
Fully regenerated local/ native landscape
Fully stocked & diverse
Seed bank of traditional non-hybrid varieties

Productive gardens, lots of people on bikes
Happy people that are healthy
People talking to each other moving from house to house

Garden of eden
Brunswick after 50 years
Communal spaces always used, strong friendships

Reduced effort/ energy outputs from residents
Greater diversity in gardens
Shaded, green, peaceful place to be
Established community, strong friendships
Good support system within community

Stormwater and greywater fully operational

Further growth organically exists (?)

Its created local employment
Its everywhere
Its the norm for all estates and is not considered special
Created a strong community

Fun, relaxing, socially connected
Bountiful, productive, HEALTHY
Mentoring – horticultural & food gardening

Green, fruit falling from trees into mouths
Chooks foraging
Regular swap / info exchange

Ensure membership / involvement does not stagnate
Its an open, inviting scheme – many new members
Ensure that it takes advantages of new ideas and is progressive

An urban farming community
Community spirit

Evolving, fluid, suggestive but not controlling
Community led
Infrastructure that has weathered well
A landscape that has grown into itself

Heaps of sharing
Greenhouses in winter – excess heat exchanged inot here eg. Compost or solar
Fruit preserving

This would be culturally sensitive as different cultures garden / plant according to different principles
Green and colourful with diverse plants
Buzzing with active participants

Beautiful – development produces excess food for trade / food for rates
Food to be branded
Local areas specialise in certain produce

Connections to schools and public land
Soil and plant doctors – regularly visit to check soil health (espec. With recycled water threatening salinity), pest control, etc.
Put water metering in
Water security eg. Recycling, tanks

Mature orchards
Established productive gardens
Free range chooks

Local bees produce VIC
Urban honey markets
Nature strips are productive
local golf course is productive

local food
compost stations screened at local schools

differernt to what was envisioned at the start – need to build in flexibility / redundancy at start for self evolution

fruit trees on nature stips, gardens on nature strips, food grown on fences

fruit trees that produce seasonal fruit
gardens that attract wildlife
space amongst the trees for families to play and walk and run

mixed landscape
diverse plants / production systems / animals
strong community organisation

common groups of plots surrounded by groups of houses providing security but also sharing resources
water tower in the middle


Streetscapes loaded with fruit & nuts
Harvest festivals
Fresh markets
Schools offer items on the menu that are harvested from the estate
Happy, healthy people
Doesnt look vacant like it does now!
People are active and community strong

Food sharing
Bartering system
Strong community

Plenty of green!
Informal access to shared spaces
Incorporation of school activities with commercial activities & residential
Employ / involve older community members

Invest in vicurban transport system
Food based social enterprise
Bring back local shops / corner shops
This approach is seens as normalised and regular feature

Its all Jims local market Garden
LETs system (?) to change
Homes all have roof top gardens

Diverse plantings
Range of tall trees
Seasonsal harvesting
Ecological diverse

“Food catchment” wihtin walking distance
return to the village life with market as centre of community
barter trading

lush and delicious
living quarters exist within the environment and are only recognised on second glance
this is hopefully because the landscape catch the eye first
a close circuit of resources
norhting is waste, everyting is enjoyed and most importantly – healthy

neighbourhood produce swap
food mapping
heaps more money from greedy developers put back into the local community!!!! Continued support!!!! Put some of your profits back in to the community!!!!!

Food / produce mapping
Coordinated production
Infusion of sustainable food into curriculum

Mixed use, animals & people

Exchange ideas across other housing estates – back feeding to productive estates (?)

Exporting of food (low food miles)
Trading locally more (?)

Every second household with productive garden
Street markets/ street trees with fruit
Shared backyards
Parks productive

Green and edible
Seed bank
Food festival (sponsored by SLF)

Plots of land divided by different types of agriculture

The garden has taken over
A community bottling system for preserved food
Biofuels from waste
Seed bank

Eminently edible system
saves us money
healthier – fitter from gardening, nutrition

communal spaces inhabited and shared responsibly for maintainence
skills sharing – jam & preserve small business

happy chooks in backyards
lots of canopys “home” has become the norm
all green
healthy, active people
vibrant community scheme
food / diet advisors

highly productive garden with established fruit & nut bearing trees
closed loop – self-sufficient, self reproducing systems ie. self-seeding, self fertilising, established seed bank for sucessful and rare varieties
community café using grown produce
regular market to sell produce and support growth initiatives

mature fruit trees
productive veggie gardens
complete sustainbility with water ie. has no inflow or outflow
accessible database of horticultural skills of my fellow residents

mature fruit & nut trees
rotating crops
free range chooks

a hive of activity all year round
lots of local places to eat that use the local produce
food related community activities

food based social enterprises
houses are designed & built sustainably
selling of food
production of food
the “productive landscape” is normal – not out of the ordinary
beautiful shared edible urban landscapes

no asphalt and concrete on horizontal surfaces can be seen
its green and yellow and red and orange and purple….
The place is alive!
Ther are shining happy people running around, drinking fine wine, playing music, having fun

Market gardens
Maturing of streetscapes
Local employment opportunities

An urban food forest of fruit and nut areas.
Shrubs, climbers and garden vegetable plots

Many backyard gardens
Garden is maintained (incl via Jims) cost of this could be offset by productivity and water and carbon savings

Sharing of produce
Fruit trees on nature strips
A real sense of community through shared gardening form children to the elderly

More projects motivated by the residents themselves
A market for the community that sells fresh fruit and veg

Green, diverse patchwork, stronger community

Market gardens, farmers markets, local food and economic enterprises
Local meat, eggs, dairy production, value-add product
People of all ages involved in and enjoying food growing and cooking
Community kitchens and neighbourhood gathering spaces

Community tomato sauce and wine making
Trading with other communities – food, etc
Abundant, green, overflowing
Lack of concrete!

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