The transformation of the former St Mary’s vicarage into a contemporary urban farm and community engagement space has begun. Located on the corner of Plenty Road and Tyler street, the ‘Oakhill Food Justice Farm’ is Sustain’s second urban farm in Melbourne and represents an important next step in realizing the city-wide vision of a thriving Urban Farm and Food Justice Training Network.
The project is at an exciting stage, not only ready for seeding but the crowdsourcing of project development with a series of codesign events with stakeholders and broader public. Through a collaborative design process with local community, the farm will soon be a vibrant space for nutritious food production, engagement, education, connection with nature and source of food security.
At the first co-design event on the 2nd of September, current and emerging partners of Oakhill Food Justice Farm toured the site digitally and participated in an online conversation on the Farm’s future. Participants from neighbourhood houses, community centres, Learn Local Employment Networks and Local Council helped shape the future of 233 Tyler St with plans for community facilitated farming, food forestry and an educational composting program.
And on the 19th of September, Oak Hill Farm will host an Open Day and Co-Design for local residents, organisations and broader public. Conversations, presentations and interactive activities define the program, including "Food Justice Farms from across the Globe" at 10:15 am and educational “Gardening and Urban Farm Activities” on domestic composting, raised garden beds and seeding at 12:30 pm. Registration is a necessity - with limited capacity to tour the digital farm, Sustain is encouraging interested stakeholders to register now. For tickets or further information on the Open Day purpose and program, click here.
Oakhill Food Justice Farm builds on the work of Sustain's flagship Melbourne Food Hub Farm in Alphington and the newly established urban food garden at Bridge Darebin. Together, the activities on these sites will facilitate the emergence of a flourishing group of community members and first generation youth farmers passionate about urban food production. By offering training in urban agriculture and peer to peer networking opportunities, Oakhill Food Justice Farm will not only build food systems literacy but empower job seeking participants with confidence and soft skills.
The initial phase of this work is made possible with funding from the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Australian Ethical Foundation, and the City of Darebin, in conjunction with Sustain: The Australian Food Network.
There are a myriad of ways to contribute to Oakhill Farm :
- Attend the online Open Day and Co-Design on September 19th
- Participate in the Oakhill Farm Co-Design Survey
- Join the Oakhill Food Justice Farm facebook group for urban farmers
- Make a tax deductible donation
- Follow Sustain on instagram
- Register your interest to volunteer
- Or, simply send us an email for more information : firstname.lastname@example.org