Phil Pettitt from Royal Botanic Garden Sydney explains about an event held as part of the garden's Community Greening Program.
housing residents provide and share a community lunch and chat with national
and international guests- they were so proud to showcase their project. Photo credit: Phil Pettitt
On Thursday 24th November 2016, to celebrate
the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s 200th Birthday year, the Community Greening
program alongside other supporting partners invited 80 interested participants
to the site of Australia’s first European farm for a special forum on urban
agriculture and food security into the next 200 years. The forum brought
together practitioners and policy makers from across the urban food landscape
to build a shared understanding of what urban agriculture is and the benefits
and opportunities possible in the Australian context. A tour was conducted
across urban agriculture sites in Sydney including one of the 627 Community Greenings
projects; Waterloo Community Gardens, who hosted the national and international
guests in a community lunch.
On the whole in Australia, city wide urban agriculture
policies and strategies remain overlooked and under utilised.
Special Guest Speakers:
Henk de Zeeuw
Advisor in the global coordinating unit of the Resource
Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security Foundation (RUAF, ETC
Artist and designer of food system infrastructure
Community Greening Coordinator,
The benefits to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
were highlighting an awareness of food security, the botanic gardens interest
in this (and our Community greening program – a solution to food insecurity)
and Henk De Zeeuw highlighted just how lacking our government policies are in
protecting arable food land from urban development by showcasing other
international best practice.
For more information please visit: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Learn/Community-Greening