Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Abstract

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This case study produced two shop fronts and a garden space as project outputs. These places provided a hub for people to connect (both residents and the large influx of workers commuting daily to the Docklands). These spaces were also used as an office; a shop and a community contact point. Programs were run from the office and gardens spaces. These were a significant element to activate the community, commerce and cultural activities. These programs included a market, food box program and sustainable lifestyle workshops. A volunteer program was created with two large commercial banks to facilitate sustainability of the future of the garden. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Promoters

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Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation Emily Ballantyne-Brodie Promoter(s). Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation Aknowledgements. Emily Ballantyne-Brodie

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Governance and policymaking


Limited funding and human resources affected the sustainability of the Docklands project. The absence of public and private financial commitments and support are a threat to the incubation and development of projects of this nature. To ensure projects are a success they need to be economically sustainable and be designed around resilient and business savvy economic models that will sustain the ongoing running of projects of the future. Constraints associated with individual business models should be leveraged to allow for innovation to occur at a strategic level. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Activism and civic participation


Community engagement was a important component in the success of the project. In the early development phase of the community garden, potential stakeholders and interested community members were engaged to create a plan of action and organise the Food Hub. Co-design workshops were held through community and business groups to design various elements of the Food Hub including, business model, program model, governance model and physical space. Early stage buy-in from all stakeholders created a sense of community ownership. However a challenge in this engagement process was that it was perceived as a threat, rather than an asset, by developers and local government. Community engagement was seen as threatening to formal processes and structured development as there did not seem to be a way to ‘formalise’ a deep engagement with the community into a physical piece of infrastructure. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Social interactions and relations

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Community engagement was a key factor to the success of this project. This engagement was enhanced through media having a general interest in promoting urban agriculture and local food systems. In addition, volunteer programs set up with two large banks provided ‘in-kind’ support through human resources. Community engagement is effective at achieving project sustainability, allowing for the transfer of ownership from developer to the community once the planning and implementation is complete. All the programs and infrastructure designed in this project, were co-designed in workshops and focus groups with the community, thus facilitating strong community engagement and community capital. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – City and environmental planning


This project highlighted that it is possible to develop urban agriculture in the city. Place making strategies and food policies were developed after this project was implemented. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Production, distribution and consumption


The food system around the city is fragile and the importance of being in touch with production, distribution, consumption and representation of food is essential for the future of our cities. The Docklands Convivial Garden and food hub provided various touch points in local food experiences to get in touch with production, distribution and consumption of local food. For example: food box distribution program, local food dinners, gardening workshops and enjoying growing food in the garden. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Skill training and design education


Skills in co-design and sustainable living were developed. However, at the time, the project needed much stronger support and input from universities and organisations to utilise skill creation and design education. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Job creation


There was not job creation through this project at this stage. (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)

Docklands Convivial Garden & Food Hub – Storytelling and visualisation


The Docklands Garden was a very successful vehicle to share knowledge about urban agriculture through a diverse array of media (social and traditional). (Sustainable Everyday & Urban Reforestation)