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Hello to all of our dear friends, volunteers, chuffed supporters, customers, collaborators, neighbours and wishers of well. We are writing to let you know the Hobart City Farm has closed its farm gate and has wound up. After 6 years of growing delicious vegetables, hosting and running workshops, showing groups through, raising seedlings, turning compost, training students, tending worms, keeping bees and spinning honey we have wrapped up our project. Our lease on the land was not renewed. We have all had an incredible time bringing the farm to life and caring for the land. We couldn’t have done it without you. Literally. Our chuffed supporters provided the seed money that helped us purchase necessary equipment and get a great start. Our beautiful customers and wholesale customers were the reason we could keep growing good food. We hope you enjoyed what we grew for you! We also depended on hard-working and generous volunteers who gave many many hours to the farm – planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, propagating, path-building, digging and much, much more. You truly rule and you are so appreciated. Over the years we transformed 1/3 of an acre of fairly lifeless and neglected land into a thriving market garden with rich soil life and abundant insects. The birds enjoyed it too! And we shared the land with many generations of blackbirds, kookaburras, parrots and even an occasional hawk! We built a polytunnel (and rebuilt it a couple of times!), a nursery, a shed, a purpose built wash station, elevated worm farms and much more. We have sheltered under the large pine tree in strong sun and cold rain. We collaborated with the terrific folk of Dirty Hands Composting (and thousands of worms!) to help transform food waste from houses and businesses into rich worm-castings. We planted many successions of green manure crops to help regenerate the soil structure and support the soil food web. We incorporated so much compost and worm castings into the earth. We feel positive we have left the land in a better state than when we found it. We have learned so much about farming on a small scale in the city. It is possible, it has many advantages and it is terrific to be close to the community you feed and work with. It also had challenges – one of the main being that none of us lived very nearby to our farm. We are grateful for the opportunity to be stewards of this land for a short but full time. We recognise that we were looking after and working on land that was stolen and never ceded. We give respect to the traditional and original owners of the land we tended and called ‘the farm’. We pay respect to the muwinina people. We pay respect to those that have passed before us and we acknowledge today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal people who are the custodians of this land. The land we worked on and the land surrounding it has a rich and a terrible history, post-invasion. We would love to hear from you if you have any memories of something you did at the farm, a particularly nice vegetable you ate or anything else. It truly fills us up and warms our hearts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. from the Hobart City Farm Co-Founders: 
Sam Beattie, James Da Costa, Bridget Stewart, Lou Sales, Hannah Moloney