Our Organisation

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.

Our Committee

  • 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.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Sharing + Community
  • Ecological and societal sustainability
  • Intergenerational equity
  • Transparency + open communication
  • Collaboration + inclusiveness
  • Healthy food for all
  • Food sovereignty

Our Vision

Canberra City Farm is a community living in harmony with the environment.

Our Aim:

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.

Our Role

  • Education
  • Advocacy and evidence-based demonstrations
  • Collaboration and linking with others (including with politicians)

Our Achievements

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

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