Edible plant species that are located in the public domain of the suburban setting are used as a catalyst to create neighbourhoods that are active and engaged. Active and engaged streets bring life and vitality to the suburban environment. They increase levels of community cohesion, promote physical activity, are aesthetically pleasing and provide tangible reasons to go outside and engage with each other and nature. Co-location of activity, that being, habitation and food production, gives people more than one reason to use the street. Here are a collection of some of our favourite stills. They show the 'life' and 'liveability' of the URBAN FOOD STREET neighbourhood.
Top Left: Australian Institute of Architects /EmAGN Darch Horse Award; Local State High School Year 12 class in sustainability; ‘Market Garden’ working-bee in Farnwyn Court; Neighbourhood Announcement - Kids Planting; Turning the soil - ‘Kids Garden’ 2014; Verge-grown winter crops in Tindale Street; Neighbourhood Announcement - Cabbage pick; Neighbourhood kids distribute cabbages throughout the streets; ‘Kids Garden’ corn crop planted exclusively by neighbourhood kids; Cindy’s miniature verge-grown avocado’s. Cindy at 90 remains at home and connected to her neighbourhood. Verge grown avocado’s were a significant catalyst for neighbourhood connection; Families enjoy the Kids Garden space; Verge-grown banana’s in Banana St; Milford Lodge kids visit regularly; Verge grown limes ready for a neighbourhood to pick; Verge-walks. Kids from Milford Lodge show their parents around the neighbourhood; Comfort Zone by Rockcote; Neighbourhood children converge on the kids garden, using the space as a park; Neighbourhood Announcement - Created, Funded and Implemented Independently (Bottom-up initiative); Urban Olives - Planting an urban olive plantation; Rhizome crops grown on the verges; Sub-tropical Apples; Milford Lodge uses the space as an extension of the child care facility for play and exploration; Market Garden working-bee; Neighbourhood kids plant strawberry runners in the ‘Kids Garden’ 2016; Kids pick guava’s on a walk around the streets; Stephen Street aka now Banana Street being mapped for the crop 2012. Each sucker was planted by a neighbourhood child three years ago. Today they love to walk this street and identify the suckers that they planted; Neighbourhood Announcement - Working-bee; Celebrating the arrival of neighbourhood bee hives.