We know that eating locally grown food is better for us, but in an urban jungle like Melbourne getting access to land to grow it isn’t easy. Enter 3000 Acres, an organisation on an awe-inspiring mission to change this.
Drawing its name from Melbourne’s postcode, 3000 Acres is about bringing things back to basics – making it easier for more people to grow food in more places, and build a stronger sense of community.
3000 Acres has a map on its website on which anyone can place a pin identifying underutilised land. If the land is suitable they will connect people wanting to grow food; with land, local councils and organisations who hold the key to these spaces.
Hannach Schwartz, executive officer of 3000 acres says:
We want everyone to have access to grow food within easy walking distance of their home. We also want to empower people to grow food themselves and give them the tools to do it.
As well as working with local government to make it easier to access land for the purpose of growing food, 3000 Acres is developing a tool kit to give communities the information and resources they need to reclaim and repurpose under utilised spaces as food gardens.
The first 3000 Acres community garden is thriving in the heart of Fitzroy. Sixteen local residents are growing food at the rear of Nine Smith Street on land that would have gone unused for 12 months while awaiting development, thanks to a donation by developer Neometro.
A permanent garden has also been constructed in 60 square metres of unused space at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club in Flagstaff Gardens, and a third is on the way in an urban street in Preston.
Do you know of an under utilised block of land near you? Go on, get pinning!