|Farmer’s markets, a kitchen for cooking lessons and a hundred fruit trees will delight Sydneysiders at the City of Sydney’s City Farm.|
|The farm, located in the heart of Sydney Park, will produce over four tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables a year and cooking classes will be held in the outdoor farm kitchen.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the farm would allow visitors and residents to learn about country life and local food production in the heart of Australia’s global city.
“Many of our inner-city dwellers don’t have a backyard to call their own and this open space will allow visitors to learn about local and seasonal food from paddock to plate,” the Lord Mayor said.
“City farms are great places for growing fruit and vegetables, volunteering within your community, holding farmers’ markets and, with hands-on lessons, helping children learn where food comes from.
“The kitchen will be a hub for food preparation and cooking where people can sit and enjoy the fresh, tasty food they’ve made from ingredients grown and picked.”
The City has been working closely with the community to develop the look and feel of the farm. A recent community consultation open day encouraged feedback on the design and features of the farm.
“We were delighted the feedback on the farm design has been so overwhelmingly positive,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Creating a farm in the heart of Sydney will provide a hands-on experience for visitors, businesses and local school children to learn all about food production and sustainable living in an urban environment.”
The farm will include:
During the consultation period, feedback from the community was included into the new master plan for the farm. A more detailed design is being developed and construction is due to begin later this year.
The farm will be located in the south-west corner of Sydney Park, which receives plenty of sun, shelter, good drainage and access to the wetlands stormwater harvesting network.
As well as promoting agriculture, the farm will include educational, community and cultural activities such as waste and composting workshops.
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