City Farm

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The City is working with the Powerhouse Museum and the community on plans for a new City Farm - a place for food production and learning in the heart of Sydney. The proposed sites for the City Farm are near the historic brick kilns and chimneys at Sydney Park, St Peters and we are investigating sites around the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. 

An Advisory Group with community representatives has been formed to provide advice and feedback during the planning process. Thanks to everyone who has provided feebdack about the City Farm.  Our online discussion forum  closed on 4 September.  We have had lots of input on your ideas for....Read more

The City is working with the Powerhouse Museum and the community on plans for a new City Farm - a place for food production and learning in the heart of Sydney. The proposed sites for the City Farm are near the historic brick kilns and chimneys at Sydney Park, St Peters and we are investigating sites around the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. 

An Advisory Group with community representatives has been formed to provide advice and feedback during the planning process. Thanks to everyone who has provided feebdack about the City Farm.  Our online discussion forum  closed on 4 September.  We have had lots of input on your ideas for community involvement, sustainability and education. A summary of community feedback is now available in the Library.

The City Farm Summer Garden was held at Sydney Park from January 19 to 24 March 2013.  The Summer Garden was a taste of what the final City Farm could offer, with a kitchen garden, market garden, small scale crops, as well as a great program of fun and educational weekend activities.  A team of more than 60 volunteer City Farmers looked after the garden over 12 weeks.

If you would like to be added to our e-news list email cityfarm@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or fill out "Get Involved" form on this page.


The City is working with the Powerhouse Museum and the community on plans for a new City Farm which will be a destination for food production and learning in the heart of Sydney.  The proposed sites for the City Farm are near the historic brick kilns and chimneys at Sydney Park, St Peters and we are investigating sites around the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. 

The City Farm could feature demonstration gardens and orchards, space for community art projects, educational facilities, communal composting facilities and food outlets selling produce.

A feasibility study was developed, including signficiant consultation process during 2010 and the City of Sydney endorsed the Sydney City Farm Feasibility Study in November 2011.  This decision also included the preparation of A Memorandum of Understanding with the Powerhouse Museum to jointly fund and develop the Project.

An Advisory Group with community representatives has been formed to provide advice and feedback during the planning process.  The City will continue to provide opportunities for community involvement, including the Master Plan in 2013, as we work towards the opening of City Farm.

 

News

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  • Great turn out for City Farm Harvest Celebration

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    The end of the City Farm Summer Garden at Sydney Park was celebrated with a community harvest event on Saturday 23 March. 

    Produce from the City Farm's kitchen and market gardens was turned into tasty treats for everyone to enjoy thanks to the Vegie Patch food truck. 

    More than 60 volunteer City Farmers, who worked so hard to look after the Summer Garden, were presented with certificates of appreciation from Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

    Thanks to everyone who turned out for this great event and to Oz Harvest and the bands who provided a fabulous soundtrack to the event.  We will keep you posted with the progress on plans for City Farm and the next opportunity to get involved.

     

    The end of the City Farm Summer Garden at Sydney Park was celebrated with a community harvest event on Saturday 23 March. 

    Produce from the City Farm's kitchen and market gardens was turned into tasty treats for everyone to enjoy thanks to the Vegie Patch food truck. 

    More than 60 volunteer City Farmers, who worked so hard to look after the Summer Garden, were presented with certificates of appreciation from Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

    Thanks to everyone who turned out for this great event and to Oz Harvest and the bands who provided a fabulous soundtrack to the event.  We will keep you posted with the progress on plans for City Farm and the next opportunity to get involved.

     

    by Project Coordinator 09 Apr 2013, 03:51 PM
  • Volunteer city farmers wanted for Summer Garden

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    If you’re a bit of a green thumb or you want a closer look at how to maintain some of the unique produce at the City Farm Summer Garden why not become a volunteer? There is a roster of official ‘City Farmers’ being created now to contribute some weeding and watering man power at the site in Sydney Park.  City Farmers will be important ambassadors for the City Farm and the Summer Garden, and it's a great way to meet new people and learn more about gardening and production.

    Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SUMMERGARDEN

    Or, email cityfarm@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to find out more about volunteering.  More information about the Summer Garden is available on the Green Villages website.

    If you’re a bit of a green thumb or you want a closer look at how to maintain some of the unique produce at the City Farm Summer Garden why not become a volunteer? There is a roster of official ‘City Farmers’ being created now to contribute some weeding and watering man power at the site in Sydney Park.  City Farmers will be important ambassadors for the City Farm and the Summer Garden, and it's a great way to meet new people and learn more about gardening and production.

    Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SUMMERGARDEN

    Or, email cityfarm@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au to find out more about volunteering.  More information about the Summer Garden is available on the Green Villages website.

    by Project Coordinator 09 Jan 2013, 10:33 AM
  • Summer Garden coming to Sydney Park

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    The next activity for the city farm is a Summer Garden at Sydney Park from 19 Jan  - 31 March 2013.  The garden, with opportunities for voluntering as a City Farmer, or joining in a great range of weekend workshops, will be a taste of the future city farm.  We will update this page with the program when available.  If you would like to register as a volunteer City Farmer to help maintain the garden, email cityfarm@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

     

    The next activity for the city farm is a Summer Garden at Sydney Park from 19 Jan  - 31 March 2013.  The garden, with opportunities for voluntering as a City Farmer, or joining in a great range of weekend workshops, will be a taste of the future city farm.  We will update this page with the program when available.  If you would like to register as a volunteer City Farmer to help maintain the garden, email cityfarm@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

     

    by Project Coordinator 06 Dec 2012, 12:11 PM
  • Great turn out to plan City Farm Summer Garden

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    Thanks to more than 26 dedicated community members who gave up their sunny Saturday morning on 13 October to help us plan the educational programs, design elements, produce and community involvement opportunities for the upcoming City Farm Summer Garden at Sydney Park.

    After a quick site visit to the proposed site for the Summer Garden, (between the children’s playground and chimney precinct), the participants headed back to the Sydney Park Pavilion and got to work.


    Working in small groups, and lead by City Farm Advisory Group members, including community representatives Nicola and Michael and Powerhouse Museum representatives Helen and....Read more

    Thanks to more than 26 dedicated community members who gave up their sunny Saturday morning on 13 October to help us plan the educational programs, design elements, produce and community involvement opportunities for the upcoming City Farm Summer Garden at Sydney Park.

    After a quick site visit to the proposed site for the Summer Garden, (between the children’s playground and chimney precinct), the participants headed back to the Sydney Park Pavilion and got to work.


    Working in small groups, and lead by City Farm Advisory Group members, including community representatives Nicola and Michael and Powerhouse Museum representatives Helen and Peter and City of Sydney representative Dave Brodie, the workshop confirmed some excellent ideas for the Summer Garden.

    Some key ideas included:

    • Ensuring the design and the garden was welcoming, inclusive and accessible

    • Calling volunteers “City Farmers”

    • Everything being connected to the concept of a farm

    • The Garden to act as a demonstration of the food cycle

    • Providing flexible opportunities for volunteers

    • Engaging with park users, local residents and groups

    • Potential guest speakers on food security and meeting farmers, orchardists, bee keepers.

    These ideas will directly inform the design and programs for the Summer Garden. 

    The Summer Garden is intended to run from January through to March 2013, we will provide more information as details are confirmed.

    by Project Coordinator 29 Oct 2012, 10:05 AM
  • Community involvement key for City Farm

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    Locally grown produce, bees, free range chooks and plenty of opportunities for learning and community involvement have emerged as the community’s key criteria for the future City Farm.

    Activities for children, sustainable buildings, sustainability workshops and facilities for composting and worm farming were also recurring themes in the community feedback captured at the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park in July as well as the online forum at SydneyYourSay.com.au.

    City Farm Project Manager, Andrew Ridge, said hundreds of community members attended the Community Day in July and the online forum attracted more than 1,400 visitors.

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    Locally grown produce, bees, free range chooks and plenty of opportunities for learning and community involvement have emerged as the community’s key criteria for the future City Farm.

    Activities for children, sustainable buildings, sustainability workshops and facilities for composting and worm farming were also recurring themes in the community feedback captured at the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park in July as well as the online forum at SydneyYourSay.com.au.

    City Farm Project Manager, Andrew Ridge, said hundreds of community members attended the Community Day in July and the online forum attracted more than 1,400 visitors.

    “We had an excellent response to the feasibility study last year and it is great to see the community’s ongoing enthusiasm for the City Farm and their willingness to be involved,” he said.

    “Lots of people have mentioned other urban farms they have visited in Melbourne, Brisbane and in the United Kingdom.”


    Locally grown produce, bees, free range chooks and plenty of opportunities for learning and community involvement have emerged as the community’s key criteria for the future City Farm.

    Activities for children, sustainable buildings, sustainability workshops and facilities for composting and worm farming were also recurring themes in the community feedback captured at the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park in July as well as the online forum at SydneyYourSay.com.au.

    City Farm Project Manager, Andrew Ridge, said hundreds of community members attended the Community Day in July and the online forum attracted more than 1,400 visitors.

    “We had an excellent response to the feasibility study last year and it is great to see the community’s ongoing enthusiasm for the City Farm and their willingness to be involved,” he said.

    “Lots of people have mentioned other urban farms they have visited in Melbourne,Brisbaneand in the United Kingdom.”

    Mr Ridge said the community’s feedback would be considered by the City of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum as part of developing the business plan for the City Farm.

    “We have also convened a City Farm Advisory Group with four community representatives to help steer the project as we move through the different stages in the lead up to the opening of the City Farm,” he said.

    “This is an opportunity for community members to help shape the City Farm throughout the planning process.”

    The feedback indicated overall support for the proposed site at Sydney Park subject to soil testing and suitable growing

    The next opportunity for community involvement will be the City Farm Summer Garden which is set to run at Sydney Park in early 2013.

    Read the full summary of community feedback from the Community Day and online forum in the Library.  This will be considered during the business planning process to determine the objectives and programs for the City Farm.

    by Project Coordinator 27 Sep 2012, 12:18 PM
  • Great turn out for City Farm Community Day

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    Thanks to hundreds of people who turned out for the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park on Saturday 28 July 2012. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of the proposed City Farm including an animal farm and gardening demonstrations with Angus Stewart from ABC's 'Gardening Australia'. 


    Thanks to hundreds of people who turned out for the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park on Saturday 28 July 2012. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of the proposed City Farm including gardening demonstrations with Angus Stewart from ABC's 'Gardening Australia'. 

    Children and adults alike loved planting herbs and cuddling farmyard....Read more

    Thanks to hundreds of people who turned out for the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park on Saturday 28 July 2012. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of the proposed City Farm including an animal farm and gardening demonstrations with Angus Stewart from ABC's 'Gardening Australia'. 


    Thanks to hundreds of people who turned out for the City Farm Community Day at Sydney Park on Saturday 28 July 2012. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to get a taste of the proposed City Farm including gardening demonstrations with Angus Stewart from ABC's 'Gardening Australia'. 

    Children and adults alike loved planting herbs and cuddling farmyard friends at the mini animal farm.

    Community members had a chance to ask questions about the City Farm and provide their ideas for city farm activities and programs and chat to Lord Mayor Clover Moore as well as members of the City Farm Advisory Group.

    Overall, there was strong support for the city farm proposal and more than 150 people have signed up for City Farm news and volunteering opportunities.

    Feedback from the day included lots of suggestions for learning opportunities and workshop programs, permaculture, volunteer involvement, small animals, composting, local food growing and an organic cafe.

     

    by Project Coordinator 30 Jul 2012, 12:22 PM
  • City farm comes alive at Sydney Park

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    You are invited to a city farm community information day at Sydney Park,St Peters, on Saturday 28 July between 10am and 2pm.

    Bring the kids along to pat farm animals, enjoy fresh fruit, plant some herbs and learn about sustainable living. A gardening demonstration by Angus Stewart from ABC Gardening Australiawill inspire local green thumbs. 

    We want to know what you think of the proposed city farm, and to hear how we could make it even better. You can also grab a bite to eat from Sydney's newest food truck, Eat Art Truck serving up their delicious menu of progressive street food.
     
    Should our city farm feature demonstration vegetable gardens, orchards and beehives? What about educational facilities, communal compost heaps and food sellers?

    Get involved in this exciting project and be part of the action and entertainment we have planned throughout the day.

    Join Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Angus Stewart from ABC Gardening Australia at Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters, on Saturday 28 July at 12.30pm.

    You are invited to a city farm community information day at Sydney Park,St Peters, on Saturday 28 July between 10am and 2pm.

    Bring the kids along to pat farm animals, enjoy fresh fruit, plant some herbs and learn about sustainable living. A gardening demonstration by Angus Stewart from ABC Gardening Australiawill inspire local green thumbs. 

    We want to know what you think of the proposed city farm, and to hear how we could make it even better. You can also grab a bite to eat from Sydney's newest food truck, Eat Art Truck serving up their delicious menu of progressive street food.
     
    Should our city farm feature demonstration vegetable gardens, orchards and beehives? What about educational facilities, communal compost heaps and food sellers?

    Get involved in this exciting project and be part of the action and entertainment we have planned throughout the day.

    Join Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Angus Stewart from ABC Gardening Australia at Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters, on Saturday 28 July at 12.30pm.

    by Project Coordinator 20 Jul 2012, 10:10 AM