Canberra City Farm is a not-for-profit group incorporated in April 2012. Since 2013 we have been establishing a demonstration education centre in Fyshwick Canberra, and collaborating with other like-minded organisations under the banner of Urban Agriculture Australia.
- Keith Colls – President and Propagation/Gardening, and Public Officer.
- Jodie Pipkorn – Vice President and Communications/Odd Jobs.
- Danny O’Brien – Treasurer and Construction Coordinator.
- Carole Ayliffe – Secretary.
- Linda Ayliffe – Membership Secretary and Monday Working Bee Coordinator.
- Walter Steensby – Ordinary Member, Allotments Manager and Integrated Pest Manager.
- John Mills – Ordinary Member.
- Trish McEwan – Ordinary Member and Value-Adding Group Coordinator.
- Mark Spain – Ordinary Member and Learning Displays Coordinator.
- James Atkins – Ordinary Member.
- Sharing + Community
- Ecological and societal sustainability
- Intergenerational equity
- Transparency + open communication
- Collaboration + inclusiveness
- Healthy food for all
- Food sovereignty
Canberra City Farm is a community living in harmony with the environment.
The City Farm is a viable, ecologically sustainable, beautiful and accessible place:
- that shows organic agriculture and sustainable living does work and can productively feed the community
- where people are inspired to come together to share ideas, learn by doing and apply these ideas and learnings
- that provides a low risk enterprise incubation site to transition from backyard to commercial scale
- that motivates people to live a more sustainable and regenerative lifestyle every day.
- Advocacy and evidence-based demonstrations
- Collaboration and linking with others (including with politicians)
Since September 2011 when we held the first Canberra City Farm workshop, we have achieved the following:
- Promoted in local newspapers and on stalls at different events – started in August 2011 and ongoing.
- Built a diverse community of inspiring individuals and groups seeking to make a positive contribution to our future – started in September 2011 and ongoing.
- Established a collaboration website – October 2011.
- Established a regular monthly newsletter with over 1,000 recipients – started in October 2011 and ongoing.
- Undertaken extensive investigation of site options – started in November 2011.
- Developed an engaging set of promotional materials – started in October 2011 and ongoing.
- Presented to a large range of community groups and businesses – started in November 2011 and ongoing.
- Developed strong linkages including endorsements from many groups – started in November 2011 and ongoing.
- Commenced planning for potential activities – started in January 2012 and ongoing.
- Developed and agreed a shared vision, purpose and set of core values – April 2012.
- Became incorporated – April 2012.
- Formulated a business plan and budget to support our ongoing engagement with the ACT government – first delivered in April 2012 and ongoing.
- Managed a stall at festivals and raised money for our projects – started in March 2013 and ongoing.
- Delivered a range of workshops on different topics to inform and support people to take action – started in March 2013 and ongoing.
- Engaged with Government Agencies and various farmers – started in July 2013 and ongoing.
- Collaborated with a range of groups to create Urban Agriculture Australia and a display at Floriade – September 2013 and 2014.
- Acquired a site in Turner for two years to establish the Canberra City Farm Turner Garden – October 2014.
- Acquired a site in Fyshwick for 10 years to establish the Canberra City Farm Dairy Road Education Centre – December 2015.
- Conducted a range of workshops and activities at the Dairy Road Education Centre