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Food Production on Public Land Project

Council Chambers prior to planting

The Byron Shire Food Production on Public Land Project represents an innovative trial in demonstrating the compatibility of managing edible species on Council-managed, public open space.

The circular garden bed located around the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby has been chosen as the area in which to conduct the trial due to its profile, visibility, access, soil condition and contained nature.

The site will serve as a sustainability education model to promote sustainable living.  Key messages conveyed by the project include:

  1. the importance of re-localisation of food production in the global context of peak oil and climate change
  2. the benefits of backyard food growing as a measure to improve personal sustainability the benefits of eating locally and seasonally
  3. organic methods of food production.

Community members come out in force to plant out the garden

Community members come out in force to plant out the garden

Mayor and special guest Jerry Coleby-Williams officially open the garden

Mayor and special guest Jerry Coleby-Williams officially open the garden

Local women enjoying the harvest

Local women enjoying the harvest

All species used in the project are low-maintenance, promote landscape aesthetics, suite a sub-tropical climate and have a low environmental-weed potential.

Both Council staff and community members are encouraged to interact with the garden to foster a sense of shared management and responsibility. On-going maintenance is achieved through an innovative Council/community based partnership with harvested produce made available to anyone in the community.