Measure the benefits

  • Want to become a citizen scientist contributing to a global dataset which records the outputs of urban food growing?

  • Want to help us understand the role of urban agriculture in resilient future cities?

  • Want to collect and use data about your garden to demonstrate your achievements?

  • Want to WIN PRIZES*?

*for now, prizes are only available to residents in the City of Yarra. If you aren’t a Yarra resident, feel free to let your council know that you would like them to support this project.

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More about the project

Through our experience developing urban food gardens in Melbourne, we have identified a need to quantify the benefits of urban agriculture.  This will deepen our understanding of urban agriculture’s contribution to the environment and our community, help us identify key areas for improvement and help us communicate the need for urban agriculture.

We are supporting Melbournians to use Farming concrete to measure either or both of the following:

  • Harvest Count – quantifying the amount of food harvested from urban farms and gardens throughout Melbourne.
  • Landfill Waste Diversion  – Measuring the amount of food waste that is diverted from landfill through composting.

We are also developing a metric for measuring the health and social benefits of community gardens.

For gardeners

The Toolkit helps you track your output to showcase the benefits of your farm or garden, to improve and share your practice, and to raise awareness of your impact to funders and policy makers. 3000acres will be providing incentives in the way of prizes and giveaways to outstanding contributors as well as holding an annual event to celebrate the participating community.

Is your garden in the City of Yarra?

If yes, then you can go in the draw for fantastic prizes simply by signing up to Measuring the Benefits before 15th September.

  • Backyard gardeners will  go in the draw to win one of three $20 produce hampers from Melbourne Farmers Markets.
  • Community Gardens will go in the draw to win a 3000acres blitz of your garden.
  • School gardens will go in the draw to win 30 pairs of kid’s gardening gloves.

And all participants will get a measuring kit including scales, instructions and measuring sheets to help them measure the benefits of their garden.

For policy makers

The data obtained from community gardens across melbourne will provide a detailed picture for councils and stakeholders. This data will be a valuable tool when analysing and assessing the impact of urban agriculture within the community. By using the Farming Concrete website you are able to view and compare data via suburb, municipality and Melbourne-wide.

For academics

We’re working with researchers so that the data that we collect can be utilised in academic studies.  It will be incorporated into larger research projects around our food system and community resilience.  If you are a researcher and would like to discuss this further, email us at pippa@3000acres.org.