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  • 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?

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Growth in Numbers

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’ve teamed up with the Victoria Eco Innovations Lab and are asking participants to fill in a monthly survey recording the inputs and outputs of their gardens.  This will help to quantify the productivity and efficiency of urban food growing in Melbourne.

For gardeners

This project will help you track your outputs 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.

All participants will go in the draw to win CERES nursery vouchers.

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. 

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