Landshare Australia brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food.
“Public concern for food miles, mounting food prices and a desire to get back to old-fashioned flavour has generated a dramatic rise in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables”, says gardening guru and founding member, Phil Dudman.
But as the shift towards grow-your-own gains momentum, backyards in Australia are getting smaller leaving thousands of would-be revolutionaries yearning for a piece of dirt on which to grow. That’s where Landshare Australia comes in.
“We plan to make Landshare Australia one of the leading websites for any Australian gardener not only providing the matchmaking service, but allowing them to chat with other growers, get the very best growing advice from our veg doctors and download ‘how to’ guides,” says Phil.
Landshare Australia is based upon the hugely successful Landshare UK website launched last year by celebrity chef and ethical food warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage). The UK site is booming with over 57,000 growers, landowners and helpers registered to date and still growing. The UK team are also advising on the development of the Australian site.
You can use the Landshare Australia website to post your particular need for growing space or for growers to use it. A website search provides a selection of matches, contact is made, terms are agreed and then growing gets going.
“The usual arrangement is that the gardener provides the landowner with a share of their produce so everyone wins. It’s that easy.”
“Obviously though, we need participants on ‘both sides of the fence’: we need people who have large backyards, hobby farms or rural properties to register as well as those who want to get a vegie garden going. We also need helpers, people who are not seeking land, but can offer help in some way, from answering gardeners questions online to helping out on the plot itself, ” adds Phil.
Updated December 2012, Web Team