At 3000acres, we want to see more people, growing more food, in more places.
Since 2014 we have been working to break down the barriers to urban agriculture by empowering communities with the skills and knowledge to grow fresh healthy food, enabling the transformation of underutilised land to great community spaces and influencing the regulatory environment to make it easier to grow food in more places.
By doing so, we aim to normalise food growing as an expected feature of healthy and resilient urban landscapes. We want community spaces to be available for people to come together, grow, learn, share and feel connected.
3000acres was born out of a seemingly simple question: ‘How can we improve access to healthy and fresh foods in urban environments?’
Our solution to this issue of urban food insecurity was not to provide food to people, but to unlock pockets of underutilised land to enable people to grow food for themselves. Within the city of Melbourne there is such a vast amount of underutilised space – ranging from tiny verges on street corners, to vacant car parks, to public parks to large scale empty lots awaiting development. By considering the principles of sustainable urban design we began to recognize the potential of the vacant concrete lot as an untapped opportunity to be transformed into vibrant and productive open spaces.
Since our inception we have worked to build community gardens, encourage shared sustainability activities such as food swaps and provided education to the community around growing fresh and healthy food. We work with a wide range of stakeholders to make more land available and support communities to turn these into spaces for change.
What about those vacant lots? Kate Dundas, 3000acres Board member, at TEDxMelbourne
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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.