Hobart City Farm Site Announcement!

The ink is dry, the wheels have been set in motion and we are excited  to announce the location of our farm! Drumroll please… We will be located on St Johns Avenue, New Town, Tasmania, Australia, Earth. If you are heading North along New Town Rd, go past Kmart, past Ogilve High School then take the next left immediately after the traffic lights, head up the delightful tree lined St Johns Avenue, stop in front of the sandstone church and look to your right. You will see a couple of large conifers, two small buildings and a patch of sunny, grassy ground rich with both history and future growing potential, as represented on this map by a sunflower.

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We have drawn up a draft design for the site, which will be released in due course. Onsite work will begin in early January 2015. Some noteworthy site features currently under discussion include a stage, a spectacular living entranceway and a sliding polytunnel. Here the team chillaxing on the grass during our recent dream scheming day.

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Site History and Future

This area was the sitoldpice of one of the first government farms and the King’s Orphan Asylum, completed in 1833, was the first building in the colony built exclusively to house orphans. It was used to train young orphans in farming skills, creating a colonial labour supply. The farm was 120 acres in total, including a herd of dairy cows. The boys were taught to milk and the dairy products used to supply the orphan school and the gaol. While we don’t plan on adopting a clan of orphans to work on our farm, we plan on carrying on the tradition of educating young people on food production. This is a picture taken looking up St Johns Avenue in 1872.  In later times the buildings were used to house the mentally ill and as a rehabilitation centre for juvenile male criminals. Currently the site is owned by the Department for Health and Human Services with sections being subleased to various organisations. Hobart City Farm will be one of the first occupants of a Creative Living Park, an innovative long term site redevelopment plan that can wait until a later blog entry.

Costa is on board!

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We’re thrilled to have Costa Georgiadis from ABC Gardening Australia join our team as our very own ambassador for the Hobart City Farm. Nothing’s going to stop us now!

Here’s what he has to say about our project:

“Some of the best news to come down the line to close out 2014 was the announcement that Hobart was going to develop a City Farm of its own.”

“The knowledge base down in Hobart and the potential for this project is just oozing out of the formwork and visionary frame. Really looking forward to being involved with this and watching it jump out of the ground over the months and years ahead. Watch this exciting space burst out of the ground in 2015.”

We made it!

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Thank you so much for your amazing support. We’ve been blown away the enthusiasm and generosity that our Chuffed campaign has stimulated. Thanks to you and many others our campaign has raised a whopping $13,541!
Thanks to your generous support we now have the funds we need to set up our fences, soil amendments, irrigation, buy our hand tools, buy a six row seeder and construct a polytunnel.

In late December we announced the location of our farm which is in St Johns Avenue, Newtown.

Work will begin on the site in early 2015 and there will be lots of opportunities for you to get more involved with the project. We are aiming for an official farm launch in April, by which time we are hoping the farm will be looking schmicko!

Thanks again for your fantastic support. The Hobart City Farm quite simply wouldn’t be possible without you.

We hope you had a fantastic festive season and that we’ll see you down the City Farm this year.