Idea #070
Growing food together on rooftops
Suggested By Mary Via 5000+
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The beauty of meeting others to enjoy food together is that it crosses all the barriers of culture, language, financial status etc. There’s no better ‘buzz’ than community gardens, coming together to grow, cook and eat food with others. It brings communities together – and if you can’t grow food in the ground then use the rooftops and vertical spaces instead! A great example is this YWCA Rooftop Food garden, in Vancouver, Canada, which feeds a local women’s and children’s centre every day with organic fruit and vegetables. In 2006 a few staff started experimenting growing food on the roof. The project now yields 700kilos of food each year. Another initiative is the City Farm right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Whether you’re considering our health and wellbeing, the environment, or the city’s vibrancy, it’s a winner. And what’s more, it’s a really great way to help combat all the world’s problems of obesity, the global food crisis, and climate change. Future oil prices will spiral, supplies will dwindle and the cost of trucking food in from elsewhere into cities will become unsustainable. Consumers will be compelled to source cheap, healthy food locally.

Walyu Yarta (Park 21)

Walyu Yarta (Park 21) is home to everything from ornate and manicured gardens, to sport playing fields and community garden.

Situated on the South Terrace frontage of Walyu Yarta (Park 21), Veale Gardens is a characteristic 1960s-styled semi-formal garden, influenced by contemporary European urban public garden designs. Veale Gardens is an ideal spot for everything from relaxing picnics to grand weddings. 

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