Call for Submissions – Darebin’s next Communal Food Growing Site

Darebin is looking to create a new communal food growing site in Darebin in 2018/19. Examples of communal food sites Council has funded in recent years include Sylvester Hive Community Garden (on the grounds of the Pavilion School) in Preston and the All Nations Kitchen Garden in All Nations Park, Northcote (pictured).

The key to these gardens success is the strong community support they enjoy. Each site is looked after by a group of enthusiastic local residents who not only grow delicious produce all year round, they manage the site fairly and inclusively for the benefit of the whole community.

Are you a member of a local community ready to connect through the cultivation of delicious locally grown food? Do you have a site in mind that would be ideal for growing food?

Then we want to hear from you!

Council is looking for:
1. An established community with 10 or more members. The proposed site could be land or a park associated with or close to a community centre, neighbourhood house, school or church. This can help ensure there are enough committed community members to share the responsibility for looking after the garden
2. A site which is accessible to a large number of residents, i.e. near medium to high density residential areas and preferably close to walking / cycling tracks and public transport
3. A site which is not highly contaminated and which has access to water and sunlight for at least 6 hours per day

Nominated sites can be on Council land, owned by other public entities such as VicTrack, or may even be private land, provided agreement / permission and planning permits can be obtained to use the site for this purpose.

The conditions required for Council to build a communal food garden include:
• The site is available for at least 3 years, preferably 5
• Full public access to the site is maintained
• The funds are only for the infrastructure required to grow food, such as garden beds, soil, a water tank, paths, a storage shed for tools etc. Buildings and other non- food growing related infrastructure is excluded
• Planting / cultivation and ongoing maintenance of the site becomes the responsibility of the community group

A number of potential sites have already been identified through a mapping exercise undertaken with Transition Darebin a few years ago. These sites can be viewed here:

www.darebinfoodharvestnetwork.org.au/darebin-community-food-garden-map

Council has developed Communal Food Garden Assessment guidelines and checklist to help the community identify sites which have the most potential for success – both in terms of maximising food production potential as well as access to as broad a range of people as possible.

Communal Food Garden Site Assessment Checklist

Submissions are open until 29 September, 2017

Please submit suggestions (or requests for more information) to Lee Tozzi at lee.tozzi@darebin.vic.gov.au or Ph 8470 8392