Victory Gardens Newcastle

Turning grey spaces green

Victory Gardens was launched in September with the purpose of developing edible gardens in unlikely places in the Newcastle CBD.

Urban farming is a rapidly growing global movement. New York, Paris, San Francisco and cities around Australia are combining buildings and biodiversity with great success.

“There are many benefits to the activation of vacant and under-utilised urban spaces, like rooftops, for farming,” Victory Gardens Founding Director Justine Ulph said.

“By bringing food production into the city there is an opportunity to enhance the local environment and our community’s connections to it.”

The name Victory Gardens harks back to the resourcefulness of yesteryear. Justine explains, “During war time citizens were encouraged to establish a Victory Garden at home or in a public place to alleviate food shortages.”

“The reinvigoration of the concept of a Victory Garden is relevant today as we tackle the post- modern challenge of sustainability and biodiversity in an urban landscape,” she said.

Victory Gardens is about building a sense of community, reducing food miles, growing tasty food and getting people’s hands dirty.

With several community projects underway Justine says it’s a great way for people to help turn grey spaces green as part of Newcastle’s revitalisation.

“We recently received a Make Your Place Grant from Newcastle City Council to develop an edible garden in the Hunter St Mall,”Justine said. “We will also be working with Newcastle Now over the coming months to transform planter boxes throughout Newcastle’s East End.”

People can get involved by visiting theVictory Gardens Facebook page or by calling 0404 470974.

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