City farm to break new ground in Hobart

A PASSIONATE group of young Tasmanian gardeners is working to transform a small patch of grassland in central Hobart into a vibrant, abundant and financially viable farm.

The proposed Hobart City Farm (HCF) is based in New Town on approximately half-an-acre of currently vacant land.

Its founders, Bridget Stewart, James Da Costa, Sam Beattie, Louise Sales and Hannah Moloney, say the not-for-profit social enterprise will grow fresh organic produce, build resilient communities and provide meaningful employment.

“We’re passionate about developing local food systems to provide reliable access to a nutritious and diverse range of food,” Mr Da Costa said.

“We see growing food in the heart of the city as an important way of rebuilding connections to where food comes from and to the people who grow it.”

Ms Moloney said the Hobart City Farm would employ local Tasmanians as part of its commitment to helping individuals gain the skills they need to become farmers.

“In a time where farmers are literally walking off their land and the average age of Australian farmers is in the mid-50s, we’re walking back onto vacant land and re-embracing one of the most important jobs in the world – growing food,” she said.

In addition to producing food, the urban farm will grow community through facilitating educational opportunities in food production via hands-on practical workshops on and off the land.

“We are deeply committed to fostering the younger generation to have access to developing real life skills around food production,” Ms Stewart said.

The group officially launched the Hobart City Farm concept at the Sustainable Living Festival in November.

To help get the venture off the ground, a crowdfunding campaign is being run to raise funds for farm infrastructure, including fencing for the site, a tool shed, propagation hothouse, irrigation equipment, harvest tools and small-scale farm machinery.

For more information visit www.hobartcityfarm.com or visit the Hobart City Farm crowdfunding campaign page and donate online at https://www.chuffed.org/project/hobartcityfarm

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