Turning a Melbourne Churchyard Into a Fertile Food Garden

Reported by Tony Davenport | vision.org.au
Monday, October 18th, 2021
variety of vegetables

A new project in Melbourne’s north is making good use of a disused churchyard behind the Anglican Church in Preston.

A team of urban farmers are turning the site into a fertile food garden, growing vegetables for disadvantaged people in surrounding suburbs.

The project is run by not-for-profit group Sustain.

It’s leased the Preston site rent-free for two years from the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation.

Sustain’s executive director, Nick Rose, says 20% of food around the globe is grown in urban agriculture.

The Melbourne Anglican NewsStand reports people will learn food growing skills and how to compost.

Sustain is asking governments to provide half a billion dollars for a National Edible Gardening Fund that will develop gardens and learning centres across the nation.


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