Sustainable Environment and Climate Change
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Increase urban agriculture and local food production - exploring food growing opportunities such as planting fruit bearing street trees or community gardens; providing information about growing food at home; facilitating networking between individuals and groups; sharing resources where possible.

Moreland Council
1 month ago · 135 votes · 12 comments
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Involving the community in local food growing opportunities is a really good way to grow connections, as well as confidence, among our community. Community gardens, like the West Brunswick Community Garden, play a great role in making this happen, but so do planting fruit bearing street trees. If you do more of the later, please ensure the trees are pruned to the tree's optimal growing requirements. I was cross when I saw the mulberry trees on Grantham being heavily pruned right before they were about to fruit! The maintenance crews need to be brought in to the new strategy along with everyone else!

Anna
1 day ago
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Food garden and tree planting networks are very active and productive in moreland. Can they be encouraged and supported with designated funding and training? Here's a good an amazing training opportunity that has demonstrated success combining food production and re-forestation. It has demonstrated increased rainfall, biodiversty, and production, applicable to small and large sites: http://syntropicfarmsco.com/

Toona Berwick
2 days ago
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I'm a member of a small community garden which provides direct benefits to its members and indirect benefits to the local community who use the adjacent park. Better and more transparent support (e.g. specific grant program) for community gardens and other projects (e.g. fruit/food planting on neighbour strips), as well as clear guidelines on what is/n't allowed would foster more of these excellent initiatives.

Cassandra Pace
2 days ago
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Joining the WBCG was one of the important thing I did last year. By getting involved with the Community garden we could learn to have an urban food production in our own backyard and the next generation can learn the value of food production in your own locality.
Brigit

Brigit Murikumthara
3 days ago
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Council should promote the development of community gardens, such as the West Brunsnwick Community Garden, including the provision of funding for infrastructure development, training and communication activities.

Richard Brown
3 days ago
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I'd like to see local food production, community gardening and urban agriculture as key priorities for Council - it would be so good to see Moreland CC lead the way in this area. There are so many benefits that will come from dedicated resourcing in this area - particularly social but also health and economic - that it makes sense for Councils to work closely with their communities on this issue. Its also really important to me that kids get to play in the dirt, plant seeds, water crops, pick produce and generally see how (real) food is grown!

Liz
3 days ago
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It's well past time that Council should take this seriously in the context of improving the wider food system. It can improve health outcomes, help address food insecurity, generate economic activity and work for people, deliver more sustainably produced food into the system and plenty more besides

Mark Sanders
4 days ago
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Excellent idea! Urban foraging :)
There are platform like ripenearme that record information on either fruit bearing street trees or people having surplus of food from their garden. This is to be encouraged, I would say. Every fruit bearing street tree should be recorded somewhere so that resident know what is around them.
Also community gardens are such a good way forward. People that live in apartment or small units have very little opportunity to grow food, and this can be a good solution.

Paul-Antoine Bontinck
1 week ago
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Yes! Yes! Yes! So many councils refuse to allow this due to the vague possibility of legal ramifications, but Moreland has the opportunity to push the boundaries and show what is possible.

Chris Chris
1 week ago
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This is not only a great environmental step forward, it also has the capacity to build community and shared assets. I particularly like the idea of fruit trees being planted that many residents can benefit from. It's especially good for kids to be able to access food from the source in order to understand natural life cycles and eat healthily, among other benefits.

Morag
1 week ago
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