We like food fresh, fair and free. We like curb-sides that enrich and connect people. We’d like to support people that are inspired by the same things.
Keen to get involved? We need you to:
- Get in touch with people on your street (the more the better) and find out if they like the idea of fruit trees, flower beds, hedges, fresh herbs, seating or other useful things being set-up on their street
- Agree on what you would like set-up (in a general sense) and where these things might go (in an even more general sense)
- Commit to paying for some plants and looking after them (harvest, prune, mulch, water) once they go in (a budget no more than $300 should easily be enough)
- Compile an application for the competition ..
Competition entries should address the following requirements:
- The project must use food as a way to activate an existing curb-side, or build on already active curb-sides. For example, planting fruit trees or making planter boxes that enhance curb-sides and streetscapes
- Must be implemented by October 2014
- Projects should consider how simple infrastructure can support social exchange around food – or example, a food box for protecting food stuffs that can be swapped and shared by passersby, or a table and chairs that people can sit at and enjoy
- Demonstrate that residents and businesses local to the project have been consulted, and are supportive of the plan
- Demonstrate that the plan complies with local council requirements, or at a minimum:
- Is safe
- Does not obstruct passing foot or vehicle traffic, including space for opening car-doors
- Has a maintenance plan to ensure the space is well kept
- Details of the site including the address, photos, video’s or drawings
- Details of the project plan including visual and verbal descriptions
- Documentation that shows the project requirements listed above have been addressed
A winner from each state* will be selected by a panel of representatives across the food activist field. The prizes for each winner will build up over the course of the competition campaign and will be finally announced on May 23rd 2014. More details on this will be posted on the blog and facebook. There is also a list (in progress) at the bottom of this page.
If you wish to support this project please email reclaimthecurb (at) gmail.com
Send questions and entries to reclaimthecurb (at) gmail. Deadline is 5pm 30th May 2014.
* Note: Currently we are sourcing prizes for every state, but this may not happen by the competition deadline. Currently there are prizes available for NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Updates to this will be detailed here, on the blog and on facebook.
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
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.
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