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Sustain: the Australian Food Network

Help grow urban agriculture education for new farmers

$2,144 raised of $2,000 goal
$2,144 raised of $2,000 goal

Systemic change requires us to bring people together, talk about big ideas, create new policy, and empower local action. In addition to bringing together government, academics and producers, we are working in our local community to make change in our food system. 

Oakhill Farm is a community space and food forest in the heart of Preston. 

Located in a formerly disused vicarage, the ‘Oakhill Food Justice Farm’ is Sustain’s second urban farm in Melbourne and represents an important next step in realising the city-wide vision of a thriving Urban Farm and Food Justice Training Network.

As a 'food is free' initiative, 100% of the produce grown onsite is distributed amongst Oakhill farmers and through food relief initiatives. By offering training in urban agriculture and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, Oakhill Food Justice Farm not only builds food systems literacy but empowers job seeking participants with confidence and soft skills.

Training new farmers how to grow food in the city

We recently received funding from City of Darebin and the Jack Brockhoff Foundation to run paid internships for young people experiencing barriers to education and employment, and were overwhelmed with worthy applications.

Even if we could pay the honorarium of everyone who applied, we don't have enough space! We want to roll out more paid training opportunities for people new to urban farming to learn to turn lawn into food. We are currently scoping more space for more urban agriculture education to create more opportunities in Alphington and Bundoora.

From little things, big things grow: hands-on teaching kids grows the next generation’s food systems literacy

We’re improving kids’ food systems literacy with the Preston Primary School Passata Program! 700 students are participating in a year-long, hands-on food growing education program with Oakhill Farmers Jemma and Shani. Students come to the farm each term and take part in each step of the food growing process: composting and preparing garden beds to growing tomatoes and eventually making passata! We also incorporate food justice and local Aboriginal plant use and seasons into the curriculum, to improve kids’ food system literacy. This is educating the next generation, as well as their friends and family. 


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