Budding gardeners putting their patch on the map

Budding gardeners putting their patch on the map

 Urban gardeners are literally putting their vegie patches and window boxes on the map.

As part of a drive to increase local food production and reduce waste, the City of Sydney and Grow It Local are calling on growers to put their vegie or herb patches on an interactive map of locally grown produce.

The Grow It Local website has 715 gardens registered nationally, including over 50 in the City of Sydney area, with a total area under cultivation of 6,890 square metres.

The campaign aims to encourage more residents and businesses to grow their own herbs and vegetables and register 500 patches on the map in the central Sydney area.

“Most food travels huge distances to reach our dinner plates. Growing your own simply makes sense and means you can enjoy healthy food and save money,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Many people only have small spaces like balconies, courtyards or even window sills to grow plants, but even these spaces can produce remarkable results.”

Started in 2012, Grow It Local brings the local food producing community together – sharing knowledge and celebrating backyard, balcony, window sill and community farmers.

“Growing your own food, no matter how big or small, is a big step toward sustainable living,” said Grow It Local founder Andrew Valder. “The serious stuff aside – it’s fun and makes you feel good.”

Redfern resident and gardener, Kevin Bathman, grows his own food in the roof garden of his apartment building.

“Having an urban garden has not only allowed me to grow my own food, but to get to know my neighbours and create a much friendlier building,” he said

The City runs regular sustainability workshops on how to grow food in small spaces, with the next one in Waterloo on Saturday 25 May 2013. See greenvillages.com.au for details.

For more information contact: City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jon Walter, phone 02 9265 9753, 0406 868 359 or email jwalter@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact: Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Contact Grow It Local: Kate Walsh, Grow It Local, 0423 138 357