Food shortages for those in need.
It’s shocking to know that 1 in 6 Australians’ have reported experiencing food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months. It’s even more alarming to know that 25% of those who need assistance, do so on a regular basis.
With unemployment rates now at 6.4% and over 19,500 Queenslanders alone experiencing homelessness today, more people daily are turning to charities and community groups for help with food shortages. 43,000 Australian’s are turned away each month in 2016. In 2017 it is now 65,000 people unable to be assisted due to lack of produce. 32% of them are children.
In 2015 the number of people seeking food relief grew by 8% and from 2016 it grew by another 10%.
This issue is not being addressed by our current community methods so it is time to make a change.
• Turn underutilised spaces into productive urban farms
• Potential to produce 22,000kg of food per acre
• Use land share model to obtain spaces
• Permiculture and SPIN Farming techniques used to maximise efficiency of space
• Produce donated to food relief and local charities
Most population centres have an abundance of underutilised spaces. Using permaculture principles and Small Plot Intensive Farming practices, we will transform these areas into urban farms. The produce grown on these spaces will assist with providing necessary nutritious food to vulnerable people in our community. Being local will reduce food miles for each population centre and reducing our transportation costs.
We partner with food relief charities and community groups by providing our fresh produce to their locations. This will decrease the number of homeless and at risk people in our community currently being turned away.
Using the land share model to continuously build our network of special purpose farms we are creating thriving urban environments that promote a conscious shift in our community; better use of resources and proactive community contribution.
Continuously and sustainably growing healthy nutritious food for vulnerable members of society, through a land share program while simultaneously training and employing the long term unemployed and ensuring all land use is maximised efficiently, is how we are solving these social issues.
Narrow the gap of food insecurity experienced by charities across Australia and those in need by establishing urban and Peri-Urban farms to grow fruits and vegetables, raise chickens for eggs and use aquaculture to raise fish.
Create a vehicle to free people from the cycle of poverty and risk through self empowerment and entrepreneurship, through employment of the long term unemployed and those in need on our farm sites.
Work with local residents and local companies near each site to volunteer.
Defer Climate Change
Through sequestration of carbon in all garden beds on all sites.