You realise that mowing your lawn is a lot of hard work and decide that using it to grow fresh organic fruit and vegetables is a much smarter idea.
The Forkhay City Farms team comes in and talks with you about how much space you would like to convert to growing space (as much or as little as you like) and ensures that the space will be suitable. No area is too big or too small, it just needs to receive some sunlight throughout the day and not be full of asbestos or lead.
What is Forkhay City Farms?
Forkhay City Farms is an exciting new not-for-profit, backyard-based urban farming project kicking off in the Bulimba/Balmoral/Hawthorne/Morningside area of Brisbane.
We are aiming to grow fruit and vegetables in a range of backyards and vacant urban spaces without chemicals, embracing the concept of regenerative agriculture.
Our intention is to make the fresh produce available to local residents by delivery or pickup in exchange for a non-compulsory donation. Once we have some produce to distribute we will be setting up an online shop on this website to display what we have available.
Reducing food miles (distance food travels from paddock to plate)
Educating the community about environmentally sustainable agriculture
Improving our urban food security
We believe that our food system is desperately in need of an overhaul. Superfarms, supermarkets and large scale distribution networks are strangling the smaller family owned farms and we are paying cheaper prices than ever for produce but at a great cost to the environment and our health.
At the same time, backyard vegetable gardens in urban areas have given way to manicured lawns and ornamental shrubs. Most city dwellers are increasingly disconnected from their food and our kids are rarely given to the chance to see where their food really comes from.
We want to challenge the system by demonstrating that a decentralised, grassroots urban farming initiative can be a viable source of food for local residents and hopefully encourage young people to consider a career in regenerative agriculture.