GWR urban agriculture initiative
Our primary initiative is to is establish a network of urban agriculture social enterprises through-out Western Australia. Our first urban farms are being established in the Perth CBD in under-utilised urban spaces including rooftops, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. Using predominantly recycled materials, we are designing and developing low-tech, low-impact, container-based agriculture systems that use less water than conventional agriculture and can be installed on almost any urban site. With these systems we are able to grow high-quality, fresh, organic food and supply produce directly to local hotels, restaurants, cafes and residents.
At the end of 2012 GWR was funded through the Western Australian Social Enterprise Fund to develop our Urban Agriculture Pilot Project and we have now moved into our first long-term location at 7 Gladstone St Perth and established the Gladstone Street Farm.
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Using urban agriculture as a vehicle for social and environmental change, we aim to:
Reduce carbon emissions by reducing Food Miles: By producing food locally, for local customers and delivering our produce by bicycle, GWR’s urban agriculture initiative will make a significant contribution to lowering our customers’ carbon footprints.
Close-the-loop on waste: GWR is committed to developing waste reduction and reuse programs including restaurant food waste composting, grey water reuse and heat exchange systems. Furthermore, all of our ecoBank infrastructure and containerised gardening systems are being constructed from readily available recycled components. Sourced from the agriculture, food and hospitality industries, these materials are normally used-once before being thrown away.
Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHI): GWR’s urban farms will contribute to combating the UHI effect by creating cool, green islands within the urban landscape that will shade and protect impervious surfaces from the effects of solar radiation.
Reduce urban unemployment: Working directly with unemployed people from the ground up, to build and grow each urban farm, GWR will be able to provide unemployed Western Australians with practical work experience and skills development in the growing urban agriculture industry. In addition to this, we have developed an social franchise business model that will enable our urban farm staff to own and operate each farm as their own small businesses. This will provide our employees with long-term job security and financial independence.
“…the World Bank considers that cities are not only the main contributors to climate change but suffer most of its impacts, furthermore urban agriculture is an innovative solution for greening cities and improving the urban climate…”
– 2011 report from the worldwide Rural and Urban Agricultural Foundation (RUAF).