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Box Hill Town Hall

1022 Whitehorse Road

Box Hill, VIC 3128

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Urban Agriculture is the practice of growing, harvesting and cooking food in an urban setting. At the heart of urban agriculture are communities that are come together to develop relationships, share knowledge and build creative partnerships. In this seminar an expert panel will share their stories and discuss how neighbourhoods can work together to turn balconies, courtyards and backyards into highly productive food gardens and share the harvest amongst family, friends and neighbours.

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Paul West; Chef turned urban farmer from River Cottage Australia. Paul will share his passion for locally grown and sustainable produce. Paul has swapped his NSW farm for a city life in Melbourne with his family, and has transformed his suburban backyard into an edible oasis.


Michael Mobbs; author of Sustainable Food, environmental lawyer, urban farm designer and all round sustainability guru renovated inner-city Sydney terrace to be almost entirely self-sufficient. However after this renovation, Michael realised that although his house was sustainable, he wasn’t. So he turned his attention to reducing the carbon emissions associated with growing, processing, transporting, selling and disposing food.

Ellen Regos; Team Leader for the School Food Gardens Program at Cultivating Community and has worked for 25 years as a teacher and educator in sustainability. For the past decade she has been a casual teacher at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability & Social Change from Oases Graduate School. Her love affair with food gardening began as a small child harvesting hot figs off the tin roof of her grandfather’s garage and climbing apricot trees in her grandmother’s garden. Her approach to teaching sustainability has evolved over time to awakening wonder through the art of facilitating embodied learning experiences outdoors. Growing food is just one of her passions.

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