About 3000 Acres

Our vision

We are working with all levels of government and the private sector to make urban agriculture a key part of the policy and regulatory landscape as the foundation for making it an integral part of the city landscape. We aim to create a consistent and supportive policy position across government to create the best possible environment for urban agriculture. We work across three area’s.

Influence

Improve the enabling cultural, policy and regulatory environment for urban food growing.

  • 3000acres will create the policy and regulatory environment to acknowledge, legitimise and facilitate urban agriculture
  • we will work with Federal, State and Local government as well as private sector players to advocate for urban agriculture
  • we will connect with networks, other stakeholders, community groups other not for profits and academia
  • we will actively develop guidelines and toolkits for policy makers
  • we will search for funding sources to support these activities

Enable

Connecting food growers with land and resource providers

  • promote UA as a positive and valuable activity to landholders
  • Build a network of landholders in the public and private sector
  • Bring landholders (supply) and gardeners (demand) together
  • Key groups include MW, Victrack, LGA’s, property developers, other landholders such as churches and schools

Empower

Empower and equip community groups to lead food – growing projects

  • Advise and assist community groups looking to establish gardens
  • Fee for service work in consultancy and building gardens
  • Attend, run and speak at workshops and events

We’re building a platform to connect people to land, resources and each other so that more people can grow more food in more places. We want to build holistic and sustainable cities for generations to come by changing how we use vacant land, establishing strong relationships between community, business, and government.

What we do

We’re trying bridge the gap between traditional grassroot methods of growing food and city planning policies.

Sometimes, when people want to start to grow food, it can be hard to find a site or know who to talk to for access or planning approval. We have noticed a lot of empty and underutilised land across Melbourne and beyond. We are helping to connect people who want to grow food, with land, with other people, and also with the right people in local government, to make sure everyone can work together.

Our website provides a map of actual and potential places to grow food. A team including representatives from local government review potential sites and help make suitable land easier to find.

We provide ways for people to get in touch and organise around their plot, as well as resources to help get started and make connections with land owners, local councils, and a whole range of resources.

We’re building a platform to connect people to land, resources and each other so that more people can grow more food in more places. We want to build holistic and sustainable cities for generations to come by changing how we use vacant land, establishing strong relationships between community, business, and government.

What about those vacant lots? Kate Dundas, 3000acres Board member, at TEDxMelbourne

Media Enquiries

Want to talk to someone at 3000acres for an article, interview, or other media coverage? Email us at hello@3000acres.org.

3000acres has featured in numerous magazines, radio shows and papers including The Weekly Review, Business Day, Dumbo feather, The Age, Time Out, MX, Milk Bar, The Urban List, Broadsheet, Three Thousand, Open Journal and numerous international websites and blogs.

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