And the winners are..

Its Friday the 13th today. Unlucky for some, not so much for others. It is today that we announce the winners of our 2014 Reclaim the Curb competition. This is the second time this competition has run, and it is still so exciting to see how many passionate people there are to turn the space around them into productive places. This year we have organised prizes for winners from Tasmania, Victoria and NSW. Sadly we did not receive any entrants from NSW. However, this has now allowed us to award a ‘runner up’ prize from another state.

Before I go on to announce the winners, let’s have one more look at the prizes ..


Everyone will receive

– Pip magazines for their reading pleasure

– Bound copies of the People’s Food Plan, DVDs of Fair Food (to be released in Sept 2014) and 1 year’s membership to the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliances


The winner from Tasmania will receive:

– Double workshop pass to an introduction course on permaculture, thanks to Good Life Permaculture

– Seed packs from Urban Farming Tasmania

– Garden consultation from FIMBY (must be within 1 hour of Hobart)

– 5 tote bags from The Field Institute

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden! A big thankyou to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.


The winner from Victoria will win..

– Workshop passes and a stack of seeds from Melbourne City Roof Top Honey

– Workshop passes and 3 bare rooted fruit trees from Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens

– A double pass to an upcoming Edible Weeds tour from Very Edible Gardens (VEG)

– A dew seedlings, seed packets f their much sort after broad beans and a few boxes of fruit and veg from CERES

– Double workshop pass from Growing Abundance

– 10 x Vic Guides, 1 x Double pass to workshop after end May from The Field Institute

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden! A big thankyou to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.


And the runner up will take home

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden thanks to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.



And so, the winners are ..


Reclaiming North Street, Tasmania

The application for North Street was a story of a street coming alive over an idea. Sarah, the author of the application, took us on her journey as she connected and captured the hearts of North street’s residents to inspire them to reclaim their curb.




Murundaka Cohousing Community, Victoria

A fantastic, well considered application to turn a really wide forgotten nature strip into a productive space. Outstanding research, illustrations and community engagement.




and the runner up… an entrant that really was outstanding application that we couldn’t go passed.

The Laneway Enrichment Project, Victoria

A very melbourne project that we just couldn’t go past, The Laneway Enrichment Project is actively working with residents of a dead end laneway in Melbourne’s inner north to create a highly social productive commons. Using a space that could be forgotten, this group of residents are working together to connect with each other and provide some extra growing space in a high density environment.


Finally a big thankyou to all of our supporters that contributed prizes this year, particularly to Growing Abundance and Energy for the People. Congratulations to all of the entrants as well. May your gardens grow abundantly.





Stay tuned


The Reclaim the Curb competition is over for 2014. Thank you again for all of our supporters this year, it really has been quite the coming together of a lot of active people in this urban agriculture space.

Winners will be announced Friday 13th June. So til then…


2 Days to Go!

Well we are almost there .. if you like your food fresh, local and free; like social gatherings, designing and building useful things and getting to know neighbours, then you have 2 days to enter the only competition of its kind in Australia – the Reclaim the Curb’s competition to empower people to take control and responsibility of the public space around them. Competition details are here, and it all closes up 5pm Friday 30th May.


An Example

For those of you out there that are planning on submitting an entry to this year’s Reclaim the Curb competition, we thought it might be helpful to give you an example of a winning entry from last year. The Johnson Street curb was a wonderful entry from last year and continues to be an outstanding example of community building and urban agriculture practice. You may remember Paul wrote a blog entry for us a few weeks ago reporting back on how the garden has gone over the year. So here is the competition submission for you: the johnson strip. We hope you find it as inspiring as what we did all those months ago.

Have a great weekend and look forward to seeing those entries start flying in.

The Prizes

Over the past 2 months we have profiled the most amazing generous supporters of urban agriculture. They have donated workshops, magazines, seeds, honey, plants, fruit trees, guide books, design consultations and cash, without which this competition would not be made possible.

It is a really exciting time in the sustainability scene at the moment. We are experiencing a flux between extreme disappointment at the governments lack of continual support to environmental activities, and the all encompassing passion and drive of people who are not willing to let other people control their common future.

To everyone who has supported this competition – Thank you.

And once again, here is the final list of prizes for the Reclaim the Curb competition. The competition closes Friday 30th May (that’s next Friday!) so its time to get into action!



Pip Magazine – for your reading pleasure, all winners will receive a few copies of the newly launched Pip Magazine

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance – Bound copies of the Peoples Food Plan, DVDs of Fair Food, Australia’s first feature length documentary (release date expected to be September this year), Free one-year memberships of AFSA (as a group = $100; as individuals – $25 x number of individuals)


Michael Mobbs – Design Consultation

Milkwood Permaculture – One Pass to an Introduction to Permaculture course

The Urban Beehive – A full day exploring, experiencing and tasting the hives around Sydney, you even get to take some honey home with you!

Ooooby – Vegie boxes to help feed the working bee!

Terra Permaculture – One Pass to a Permaculture Design Course

The Field Institute – 5 x NSW Guides

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden! A big thankyou to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.


Melbourne City Roof Top Honey – Workshop Passes and a stack of seeds to grow bee friendly plants

Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens – Workshop Passes and 3 bare rooted fruit trees

Very Edible Gardens (VEG) – Double Pass to an upcoming Edible Weeds tour

CERES – a few seedlings, seed packets of their much sort after broad beans and a few boxes of fruit and veg

Growing Abundance – Double workshop pass

The Field Institute – 10 x Vic Guides, 1 x Double pass to workshop after end May.

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden! A big thankyou to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.


Good Life Permaculture – Double Workshop pass to an Introduction course on Permaculture

Urban Farming Tasmania – Seed packs

FIMBY – Garden consultation, must be within 1 hour of Hobart

The Field Institute – 5 x Tote bags

+ $500 in cash to help start your public garden! A big thankyou to Energy to the People and Growing Abundance.

Energy for the People Supporting


There is small forgotten sign on the corner of Bligth and Lygon streets in Brunswick, Melbourne that advertises the ‘Brunswick Electricity Company’. I’ve never been able to get a great photo of it (so if you have one I would love a copy!). The sign has always made me smile because it reminds me of a time long past when a decentralised system was the norm, small was beautiful, and livestock was probably still kept on suburban allotments allowed to be herded along the banks of the Merri Creek.

I like the idea that each suburb might have their own energy company whether it be food or electricity. There is so much potential to co-locate energy supply and people, even when density is high, it little wonder why these two basic necessities  (food and electricity) are so removed from us, the users.

So while there is much hype, song and dance (and amazing competitions!) around bringing food back to where people live to reconnect them with the basic energy system, much rumbling has been happening around energy, albeit a bit more quietly.


Energy for the People is one such company that is applying imagination, skills and experience to deliver clean energy and energy efficiency projects, and to challenge the current energy market status quo. Their mission is to enable the rapid transition to a citizen-powered clean energy market.

Impressive huh? and one particularly radical project they recently launched is The People’s Solar, a community centred initiative to crowd fund solar panels to benefit the entire community. Solar panels are installed on the roofs of child cares, schools, community buildings, aged care facilities, and more – and the savings gained from the solar panels are then invested into the community, which could include small projects bike parking and raised garden beds on foot paths, right up to training and mentoring programs for those in need. Inspiring stuff.

What’s more inspiring is that Energy for the People want to support the Reclaim the Curb competition with a whooping $1250 to go towards our growing cash prize, giving us a nice, round $500 cash prize for each competition winner.

Thank you Energy for the People, and looking forward to seeing a more citizen-powered energy market soon!