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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 forContinue reading

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.

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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.

 

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  • Hi I asked on the 16th of August ; how much did this years pop up city farm cost ? "A.will get back to you " Q. Will someone get back to me with a cost ? It was a single day event with many external resorses focused on one day .generaly you would have a budget for such an extravegent and well publicised event I could see no expense spared good show. Is there a problem as my last request was answered " not in front of me right now " but no indication of when it my be " in front of me ?
    Leith asked over 4 years ago
    Hi Leith. The City Farm Community Day on 28 July was a really successful community event at Sydney Park where hundreds of residents, including children, participated in planting activities, demonstrations and also asked questions and provided feedback about the City Farm. People also signed up for future volunteering opportunities and City Farm updates. We provided plants for community planting activities, some giveaways, an animal petting farm for children, planter boxes for planting activities and a free fruit giveaway for those attending the event. The event was funded as part of the City's standard operating budget available on Council's website http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/FormsPoliciesPublication/IntegratedPlanningReporting/Default.asp We've had very positive feedback about the event and the City Farm proposal and look forward to reporting back with further developments soon.
  • Why are there no published proposed sites in Sydney park ? As it makes any focused discussions inpractabel . How much actual space proposed ? As above
    Leith asked over 4 years ago
    The feasibility study suggests about 1ha would be needed. Proposed area is near brick kilns and chimneys. Working on a site map.
  • That hits the tgaret perfectly. Thanks!
    anonymous_qanda_user_11 asked over 4 years ago
    great!
  • How much did this years pop up city farm cost ? Why are community gardens not in related projects ?
    Leith asked over 4 years ago
    Hi Leith. The community gardens aren't shown in related projects as there is currently not a page set up on this website for community gardens and that field populates automatically. Info community gardens is on the City of Sydney website: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Residents/ParksAndLeisure/CommunityGardens/Default.asp. The pop up farm was part of a Community Open Day now that the City has endorsed the City Farm proposal and is developing the business plan with the Powerhouse Museum. Some photos of the day and the feedback we received are in the photo gallery. We will get back to you on your other question.
  • "Soil Management The previous long standing industrial land uses of the selected sites suggests there is likely to be soil contamination in most instances. Contamination of soils used for food production can result in the uptake and storage of heavy metals in plant tissues which if consumed pose serious threats to health. Contaminated soils can be remediated or alternatively the use of raised garden beds with new top soil and impenetrable root barriers could be used. As soil testing is outside of the scope of this study, it is not possible to determine the extent of contamination or remediation required. Consequently, soil contamination has not been a determining factor in site selection for this study. The issue of soil contamination therefore will require consideration once the preferred site option is adopted by Council." Clouston Associates (2010) Can you provide further information with regards to the city farm at Sydney Park site and the above references to potential risk from soil contamination?
    Kate P asked over 4 years ago
    Hi Kate. We're currently carrying out testing of the soil for contamination at Sydney Park, and will use the results to determine if any future plantings will be planted directly into the ground or in new soil in raised garden beds. We're having a community information day this Saturday at Sydney Park (near the new children's playground) from 10am to 2pm.
  • where will this be placed in Sydney Park?
    natos1982 asked over 4 years ago
    Hi natos1982 We are currently investigating the proposed area, which is between the historic Sydney Park brick kiln and chimneys precinct and the new children's playground. The feasibility study in the forum Library has more information on the site selection. A community information day will be held in this precinct this Saturday between 10am and 2pm.