A laneway in Brunswick


This was the subject title of an email I received this week. When emails are headed in this way, I can barely contain my excitement and open them immediately!

The email was from Sam who, with her family of four, is taking on a challenge to eat more responsibly. Using the parametres of what the average Australian family spends on food each week – $213.00 – she is finding out whether you can eat organic, homegrown, ethically happy, amazingly fresh produce.

Its a great challenge as the local food movement, the slow food movement and organic food all tend to get criticized by being enjoyed by middle class do-gooders. But Sam, she is out there to prove that the average Australian can eat better, its not only limited to those with a deeper back pocket.

Not only because of the constraints of the budget, Sam and her family have started to enjoy home grown produce. However living in Brunswick, an inner suburb of Melbourne renowned for its creative population and bluestone laneways, also has spatial constraints. So Sam started growing food in crates in the laneway her house backs onto (Note: her laneway is sadly not bluestone but concrete, and it has been for a little while now). Sam and her neighbours are now discussing the possibilities of using the laneway they back onto to create an edible productive space to be enjoyed by all. Its exciting times bubbling away over there in the People’s Republic of Brunswick.

What’s happening in your neighbourhood?

PS be sure to pop over to Sam’s blog to monitor the challenge and her collaboration with her neighbours to reclaim her laneway. Stay tuned for further details on working bees and opportunities to get involved.

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About Juliette

When Juliette was little, she came home from school and asked her mum in her little teary voice why the other kids at school didn’t like her. Her mum reassured her and said 'Don't worry Juliette, you're just different. That's all.' Since then, aware of her obvious difference to everyone else, Juliette is spending her time doing exactly what people wish to be doing – exactly what she wants. This blog is a celebration of taking a deep breath and just doing it. Currently Juliette can be found sipping tea and gardening somewhere in Central Victoria, Australia with her beloved and their excitable boys. She is also completing her PhD in Civic Agriculture and teaches at RMIT in Sustainable Consumption and Design Activism.

One thought on “A laneway in Brunswick

  1. What a good idea to use some of the unused alleyways in brunswick to create gardens. and i like the idea of trying to do organic/ethical on a budget, this is an excuse/or reason that many people site when choosing their shopping. But they do have a point…I guess we will see.

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