One of the lovely things about the URBAN FOOD STREET model is the enduring notion of fluidity.
There has been a change of rule. You are not required a permit (now that is a progressive and forward-thinking move by government) however you must purchase your stock from an accredited tissue nursery or from a nursery that gets their stock this way. Please don't hand out suckers to family and friends or buy from rogue sellers at your local market. The stock could very well be diseased, which ultimately risks the entire industry.
Hail the humble Hydrangea for thy, who adore the residential fence lines all over this sunny, green, vibrant and diverse coast, shalt be exempt. Pretty to look at. Pity they don't feed people!!!!!
You've asked for it repeatedly since Sunday 27.11 Christmas party, so here it is. The UFS Christmas16 address to the entire UFS family, including all the thousands and thousands of lovely peeps who don't live in our food abundant streets. Timely, given the impeding threat, issued to this neighbourhood by the Council's Director of Community Services, on Monday 28.11. Lets not dampen the celebration, for it has been an remarkable year in the UFS neighbourhood, Australia's most sustainable suburban neighbourhood who aligns in common understanding with the council's corporate vision "to be Australia's most sustainable region - vibrant, green and divers".
Did you know that UFS was invited to speak at one of North America's biggest place making forums, the outcome of which was going to the United Nations Habitat III _The New Urban Agenda, which has just been held in Quito, Ecuadore. We are talking UFS here, a humble neighbourhood of 11 streets doing extraordinary things to do with sustainable people focused places to live.
This is why we advocate that planting the street edge to edible plant species isn't for every suburban block or location, but is rather a considered understanding of physicality, which enables the potential for difference to be suggestive of 'place'.
No one expected a simple video, made by ABC's Harriet Tatham, to have two million views. Not only did the success of this short one minute social-media video hit the public's curiosity spot, it also made our week, month and year.
Following on from our post last Friday about the overwhelming public opinion of the Sunshine Coast Council as a forward-thinking and progressive local authority, we thought we'd share some contemporary data from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Centre for Advanced Urbanism, about suburbs, suburbanisation and the issues that are just around the corner. Its relevant to all of us but particularly those who live in contemporary suburban Australia. Here is what the Centre for Advanced Urbanism has to say;
"We are living in a global suburban age. Modern suburban development has endured in our cultural imagination for almost a century. While statistics demonstrate that the amount of the world population in metropolitan areas is rapidly increasing, rarely is it understood that the bulk of this growth occurs in the suburbanized peripheries of cities. Domestically, over 69% of all U.S. residents live in suburban areas; internationally, many other developed countries are predominately suburban, while many developing countries are rapidly suburbanizing as well. By 2030, an estimated half a million square miles (1.2 million square kilometers) of land worldwide will become suburbia. Suburbanization is a contemporary global phenomenon".
At the heart of the Australian context is an ever increasing trend towards suburbanisation, with many major cities and regional centres now grappling with an ever creeping sprawling edge. Sprawling edges are resource intensive, economically, environmentally and socially. Interesting to note that MIT, one of the worlds leading academic institutions and a think tank for innovation, is exploring ways to improve the suburban condition through better design and planning. The key here is DESIGN & PLANNING. Producing food is high on their agenda. Here are the other things they are looking at;
"What new land tenure models are needed to ensure that suburbs will become the frontier of innovation, tapping into flexible land-use to enable experimental economies, programs, and building? What technological innovations and productive systems will be embedded within suburban development to allow for self-sufficiency, or even perhaps to become a net producer of food, water, and energy? How do new forms of suburbs in these contexts evolve over time?"
Sound like URBAN FOOD STREET anyone? EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMIES, FLEXIBLE LAND-USE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, PRODUCERS OF FOOD and explorers of the potential for the suburban CONTEXT to EVOLVE. #forwardthinking #progressive #evolving #URBANFOODSTREET
The week before we'd posted this.
In response to the world-wide phenomena of suburbanisation - a trend of people moving to coastal fringes or cities - some of the worlds most respected academic institutions globally are advocating for new understandings of suburban occupation.
Lead by local Buderim resident, the lovely Mayor Mark Jamieson and supported by the councils constituent representing councillors, Ted Hungerford, Cr Christian Dickson, Cr Rick Baberowski - Division 1, Cr Steve Robinson, Cr Tim Dwyer - Division 2, Cr Peter Cox - Division 3, Cr. John Connolly - Division 4, Jenny McKay Councillor, Cr. Jason OPray, Cr Greg Rogerson, public consensus is out. The Sunshine Coast Council, is presenting a forward-thinking, community-engaged and sustainably smart image to the entire world. Could the results of the ABC video and the associated comments be a measure of what people desire in a new model of sustainable suburban occupation?
If you are interested in the ABC video, which introduced 2 million people to the UFS concept, the link is HERE
The UFS model works from the premise of foraging. Families living in the neighbourhood pick what they need for their next meal, from a variety of fresh verge-grown seasonal produce.
Wondering why we love our soils SOOOOO much? The answer may surprise you. It's big picture stuff!
As population increases globally, it will become vitally important for fresh fruit and vegetables to be nutrient rich. Why? Because nutrient dense food means that people eat less to acquire their basic daily nutritional needs.
It's that time of year where the verge larder is brimming with citrus. As we farewell the last of this seasons verge grown limes we welcome beautiful lemons. We caught up with Chris White and Larissa Welch, the dynamic pair behind Hungry Feel Eating House and grabbed their recipe for lemon syrup cake.
Fruits and vegetables are demystified, as kids who connect to the experience of harvesting a guava from the tree, tinker with the idea of exploring the taste of the bounty in hand. These kids know that the fresh food that they eat, grows on a plant or is plucked from the ground. Last Friday we held the first Milford Lodge kith and kin walk for 2016.
Neighbours from streets away who'd traditionally never stop longer than a polite hello, are brought together over the common understanding that the limes are now in season and they are welcome to pick from the verge trees or through the afternoon antics in the kids garden, or at the monthly working bee.
So next time your thinking that that tree has got to go or you are about to pick up the phone to ask your local council member to have a branch lopped here and a branch lopped there, think again because not only did the study find that trees really are the urban lungs for all life, it found that not all greenery is equal. Not surprisingly grass doesn't rate at all, with the benefit of reducing air pollution and fine particles only being derived from trees and the tree canopy.
It is funny…… that moment when the penny drops, and you realise that the contemporary wax museum version of disengaged suburban residential estates has resulted in a social phenomena so subtle that no one has really noticed. The fence of isolation is growing, subtly with each new sprawling peripheral development and is now a structure of such magnificent proportions that it defines more than the boundary of the suburban street, block or neighbourhood.