The Concept

SUN: Sustainable Urban Nutrition

Aims

  • A network of SUN gardens within walking distance of every house
  • Reducing 'food and waste miles' by the intensive local conversion of waste into food
  • Increased availability of affordable and locally grown fresh food

Background

  • Urban Australia is producing less and importing more of its own food
  • Simultaneously, our Australian society has become more wasteful
  • Urban Australia has much land that can be used for sustainable food production

SUN methods

  • Combine market garden viability with the sustainability of community gardens
  • Enable a partnership between local government, business and community
  • Synergistically combines on ground and raised garden bed production systems
  • Inputs are mainly lawn clippings for many reasons :
  • Using lawn clippings sustainably lessens the overall ecological impact of lawns
  • Locally available in viable quantities from schools, councils and sporting venues
  • Have a pretty reasonable C/N ratio for composting and worm farming
  • Can easily be collected and transported in wheely bins and/or trailers
  • Less appealing to rodents, cockroaches, dogs and less odorous than other potential inputs
  • Lawn clipping disposal currently incurs council charges and gardening contractor charges

Additional potential

  • Produce will be equally : sold, given to garden workers and donated to Food Bank
  • Can be adapted to various climatic types and regions throughout Australia
  • Can complement existing open space uses : playgrounds, exercise areas
  • Garden produce will provide health benefits through improved diets
  • Gardens in every suburb can become sustainable living demonstration centres
  • Produce will be used for local value adding enterprise
  • Will encourage multi-cultural involvement in growing, harvesting and value adding
  • Australian based models of sustainable living can inspire globally