The campaign was a roaring success (check out the main campaign page here) and raised over $5000 through small individual donations. Along the way, James connected with a heap of local organic farmers, food system projects and inspiring individuals throughout the East Coast. If you would like to read about the adventures of the cycling carrot, take a look at the wordpress blog www.freewheelingfarmer.com.

The idea for the project was heavily influenced by James's involvement with a couple of similar urban farming initiatives in Montreal, Canada, namely two groups called 'Biocyclette' and 'Cycle Alimenterre'. Both groups were operating in the inner urban areas of Montreal, a densely packed city which is covered in snow half the year. It seemed criminal that these kinds of projects were not visibly happening in Brisbane, with it's abundance of warm sunny weather and excess of lawns and huge backyards.

Upon finishing the fundraising ride, James returned to Brisbane and began to build a community of volunteers that are slowly transforming our Brisbane foodscape, one backyard at a time. The crew is also heavily involved with the local community farm, Beelarong, which is a wonderful resource of knowledge and a great way to connect with other growers in the community. 

The Forkhay Story

The Forkhay City Farms project was born in early 2016 after James Blyth decided that it was time to put thoughts and ideas into action.

 

James had been WWOOFing and working on small organic farms, permaculture projects and urban farming startups all around the world for a few years and had witnessed the poweful impact that reconnecting people with real food can have on communities and the environment. Returning to Australia, he jumped on a push bike and rode solo from Brisbane to Hobart dressed as a giant carrot in an effort to highlight 'food miles' and raise money to start the project through a crowdfunding campaign.

THANKS TO...​

This project would not be possible without the incredibly generous support from the following people and groups that helped kickstart us through our crowdfunding campaign either financially or as support during the cycling trip. 

Muchos gracias amigos!

 

Aaron Schultz

Alexandre Labelle

Barb and Mike

Bonnie Craig

Bradley Garnett

Brendan  Moore

Brock Buckley

Callum & Kirsten Quinn

Dave Acton

David  Tilley

Dion Read

Don & Marissa Lumby

Elyse Fournier & Jerome Lapierre

Emily Devers

Emma & Scott Dobson

Emma Last

Erika Avellaneda Celis

Francoise D

Fraser and Kirsty (Old Mill Rd)

Gabriel Martin

Gabriel Wildgen

Hamish Burke

Heather and Pip

Helen Tossavainen

Homestead Hippies

Jamie Carroll

Jane Lee

Jason (South Sydney)

Jenna Flemming

Jess Reid

Jim Tredinnick

John and Linda Blyth

John and Trish (Sale)

Julie Castles

Julie-Anne Blyth

Justin (Pambula)

Kate Cooney

Kate Jolly

Kedan and Kath Griffin (Bike Bag Dude)

Lea Durie

Lindy Isdale

Liz  Last

Lizzie  Friendship

Luke Tossavainen

Lyn Wood

Madeleine Lundholm

Matt Bakker

Megan Bray

Michael Stephens

Michelle Davies

Mitch Blyth

Mohala Farms Waialua Hawaii

Nadia Danti

Nancye Miles-Tweedie

Nathan Green

Nicola Ossher

Pat R

Peter Farmiloe

Peter Isdale

Phil Outtram

Richard Irwin

Robbie Bradford 

Robert Lutze

Roger Hanson (The Mercury)

Ron from Moe

Ruxandra Cailean

Sam Richer

Sophie Voyer

Steph Trottier & Chris Ong Tone

Stuart McCreath

Summer Read

Susy  Moore 

Tamieka Smith

Tess & Pete Lewis

Tessa Cooney

Tim and Honor (Honorbread Bakery)

Tim and Jamee Royce

Tree Clark

Trish Bolam

Our first backyard
James and Ben
Our first backyard
Our first backyard
Gav and Millie
Millie inspecting her new farmlette
James and Ben
Our first backyard
Our first backyard
James getting dirty
Linda!
Ben and James
Our first backyard
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