Canberra City Farm
(2 November 2017)
Aptly described as Canberra’s Questacon for sustainability, the not-for-profit Canberra City Farm is a developing hub for sharing information and knowledge through education, as well as connecting local communities and likeminded people.
Established in late 2015, CCF is located at the former education centre on Dairy Flat Road in Fyshwick. Vice president and Communications Officer Jodie Pipkorn, along with other invaluable stakeholders, has been integral to CCF’s inception on the 5 acre facility. And with Jodie’s background in sustainable building architecture and a passion for education, there isn’t a single other person more suited to this role!
‘The Hub’ is a central, mixed-use education centre on the farm, complete with wicking beds, demo gardening plots, a permaculture-inspired herb spiral, round houses constructed out of natural materials such as mud and straw, a cob pizza oven, and a propagation house for growing veggies. Nearby are established fruit tree orchards and a vineyard, with recent harvests being utilised to make preserves and other delectable goodies.
There’s lots going on at CCF, including regular workshops, monthly working bees and get-togethers. Whether your interest is eco building and renewable energies, propagation, landscaping, bee keeping, or growing, preparing and preserving nutritious local food, there’s something for everyone. It doesn’t matter how much or little time you have, any contribution is welcomed and appreciated.
Being in its establishment period, Canberra City Farm is also offering business enterprise opportunities to interested individuals and groups, such as paddock to plate market gardening, foodie ventures, and education interests. Beekeepers Association of the ACT, for instance, currently have a range of beehives on site and run regular workshops; Homegrown Kitchen sells tasty treats using seasonal local produce; Global Worming has demo worm farms and runs workshops; and sustainability group, SEE-Change, are in the process of developing a ‘Low Energy Super Shed’ as an education facility.
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