AU$ 232
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8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 30 2014 2:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 30, 2014

Mitchell Mews Meadows - Community Vegetable Garden

Growing food where it seems impossible!

Mitchell Mews Meadows - Community Vegetable Garden

Growing food where it seems impossible!

AU$ 232
pledged of AU$ 780pledged of AU$ 780 goal
8
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 30 2014 2:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 30, 2014

About

I live in a third floor flat in Brunswick (Inner suburbs of Melbourne Vic, AUS) without even a balcony.

Regardless of the location, I've made it my mission to reclaim space around the flats and create productive gardens.

While I understand that self sufficiency is going to be unlikely in this urban environment, my aim is that every person living in this block can eat produce grown from our gardens in every meal!

Since starting the gardening project here at Mitchell Mews, I have been astounded by how many people have stopped to chat to me, while I've been gardening... residents of the block and other locals alike.

Before the garden began, no-one in the block knew each other, now we all know each others names. A side effect has been that everyone now takes a bit more pride in the block - picking up rubbish and putting out more than their own bin on collection day :-)

I know it sounds corny, but I believe in growing communities by the growing of our primary need - good fresh food! 

This project will help me transform a strip of builders rubble on the eastern side of our block, into a productive garden that the residents can harvest from.

The plot I'm hoping to renovate is 11 meters  x 1.2 meters

Currently, our gardens supply a constant harvest of spring onions and rocket - but I'd love to be able to grow more food in this urban setting.

I've included a pic of the most recent plot that i transformed. Its 2/3 ornamental, but I've already harvested and shared radishes and mustard leaves from the productive third.

The garden id like to create is on the other side of the path.... You can see some of the grass leading up towards the letter boxes.

East side
East side
East side 2
East side 2
East side 3
East side 3
East Side 4
East Side 4
East side 5
East side 5

 This is the productive end....

East side 6
East side 6

here is a pic of the current 'pick your own' veg i have left in the foyer

pick your own
pick your own

With a few dollars and a little work, we can all be eating something fresh out of our gardens in each meal! (even in this tiny block of flats!)

Risks and challenges

With gardening, nothing is guaranteed- I've had a lot of failure to balance any success.
Regardless, I promise to share all produce with the residents of Mitchell Mews.
If you are a contributor, I will do my best to propagate whichever seeds you choose. If I cant get your chosen seeds to grow, ill provide a substitute for you.
If you live local, you are more than welcome to visit and share our produce!

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    ill send pics of the plot your contribution helps buy
    If you are in Brunswick, you can have a guided tour of the gardens!

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    Choose your seedlings.
    I will grow from seed whatever your choose and plant in one of the plots. Ill keep you updated with pics

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    i will grow seedlings for you! heirloom and organic varieties ready to plant in your garden

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    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $21

    For Mitchell Mews residents - i will continue to leave produce in foyer, maintain gardens and provide plants for the stair wells

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    i will weed your garden (in Brunswick only)

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    i will weed your garden and provide seedlings which i will plant in your garden!

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