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.


Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Supporting

We have entered a pretty exciting point in the Reclaim the Curb competition today – 4 weeks to go before we get to award all of these amazing prizes and enable self organising communities across several states in Australia to turn under used public land into productive commons. Its getting pretty exciting!

There are a few things planned to ramp up the competition towards the end, so stay tuned to this blog and the facebook page for updates… And today, I get to announce a really exciting supporter, another urban agriculture royalty the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

If you haven’t heard of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance…. its time to get you up to speed! This group of proactive, determined, informed, and empowered individuals working away conscientiously together towards a food system where people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their own food supply. They are not motivated by fame or fortune but rather quietly work away to make sure our food system is the way it should be.

Their work has included the national campaign around The People’s Food Plan and Fair Food Week.

So I am super excited to announce the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance’s support of the Reclaim the Curb competition. They will be awarding the winners from each state (Tas, Vic, NSW) ..

– 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)

What a prize. A big thankyou to the AFSA, in particular Nick Rose who has been doing amazing work for this organisation and the greater fair food movement. Also a big thankyou to Ewan McEoin from The Locavore Edition for an outstanding job pulling together all the filming and production.

Terra Permaculture Supporting

This week I was approached by another lovely family establishing a permaculture homestead and farm but instead of Tasmania, Terra Permaculture is located 1.5hrs north of Sydney on the spectacular central coast. What is particularly exciting about this family is, is that they are basically at the beginning of their journey. So if you have ever dreamed of selling everything up and starting on your dream farm project then this is the blog to read!

By the way, they are also on the hunt for WWOOFers at the moment so if you know of anyone, please pass it on.

 Terra Permaculture is supporting the Reclaim the Curb competition by offering the NSW winner a pass to one of the Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) which are run on the central coast. Thanks Terra Permaculture and I look forward to watching how your enterprise, garden, family grows 🙂





Pip Magazine Supporting

Earlier this month the much anticipated and wonderfully designed Pip Magazine was launched at CERES – and what a beautiful thing it was!

A magazine designed for and with the Australian permaculture community, it offers a place for collaboration, connection and sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience to ultimately integrate permaculture and sustainability principles into everyone’s life….

I particularly love the duck on the cover!

Pip has kindly offered to support the Reclaim the Curb competition by offering a few magazines to the winners from each state. Thank you!

But if you can’t wait til mid June to get your hands on a this little beauty, you can pick up a copy from here, or even better subscribe! Also there is a handy e-newsletter Pip puts out aswell which is well worth signing up to.