A new online map has been created to chart public spaces in Australia where food is grown, plotting the places where local fresh-food enthusiasts pick their apples, tear their basil, and gather all manner of free, in-season, locally grown produce.

Urban Food Maps is a Google Map that has been populated with locations where produce is grown that is accessible to the public. This includes produce grown on or over public land such as median strips, car parks and publicly accessible community gardens.

The SHOROC region is looking a bit sparse, but already there’s locations for Bananas in Narrabeen, Cumquats in Seaforth and Mulberry in Mosman.

Juliette Anich who is pictured below in a public garden in Kirribilli (Photo: Jacky Ghossein) has created Urban Food Maps, which charts public spaces in Australia where food is grown. Ms Anich plans to turn these maps into an smartphone application by March. ”Not only are you getting fresh fruit, but you are also getting outside and meeting your neighbours,” she said.

Urban Food Maps provide the connections between produce and people. Population explosions, increasing density of urban areas and dependence on large-scale agribusiness and petroleum are all major factors affecting the current food system. By mapping where food is grown in urban areas and encouraging the simple act of sharing (meaning taking some and giving some) an alternative food system will be supported that will lighten these pressures and dependencies. Please be considerate when harvesting.

 

 

Chairman of Slow Food Australia Geoff Hudson said increasing numbers of people in urban centres were finding ways to grow their own fruits and vegetables and share the bounty with their community.

”There is a growing concern about the origins of food, the distance it travels and the length of time it is held in cold storage. ”There are more and more community gardens, and that becomes a social and lifestyle activity. ”Swapping something you grow with your neighbours is really a delightful thing,” he said.

To find out more information about community Gardens in the SHOROC region vist the following sites:

Pittwater Community Gardens

Manly Vale Community Garden

Community Garden Planning Documents

Happy Gardening…

Find out more in the Original article by Alicia Wood SMH 21 November 2010