Titile : Suburban Hub
City : Brisbane, Australia
Team members : Jinkyung Han, Kijong Kang
Brief : For the resilient city, the suburbs need to be enhanced further with supporting and effective functions which can improve people’s living in their town and meet the demand of what people need, especially food production and supplies, thus focusing on a self-sufficient suburb in which local residents crop and associate together.
In this respect, suggested community garden will attract suburban residents into close community farm to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and to contact with their neighbors. Also community farmers’ market proposed together with garden will function as a focal point for collecting local products and trading in the suburban region, accordingly contributing to be a self-sufficient community in this peak oil era.
Local Target 1 – Community Farm
Site is located in the northeast side of the Brisbane city and surrounded by suburbs, Nundah, Hendra, Northgate, which have significant number of residents and close to Moreton bay.
Analysis on existing gardens
Present community gardens are more concentrated in the southern part of Brisbane River while only one is located in the northern part. Thus, residents in northern part have less opportunity to join the community farm.
Suggested community garden to build a network with existing community gardens attracts suburban residents into community farm to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables and contact with their neighbors, contributing to be a self-sufficient community.
Local Target 2 – Community Farmers’ Market
Background for Community Farmers’ Market in suburban region
With growing global interest from consumers, farmers, and policy makers across the world, the local farming movement has over the last decade become a farming industry. From its beginning as a farmer-led grass-roots movement, local products in Australia have been focused on producing fresh product as supplying them to nearby areas. Australian locally, suburban consumers’ interest in local foods has been facilitated by a surge in farmers’ markets which is expending 30% each year and through the way of community farming in suburban areas. Accordingly, the fresh local product wholesale and retail sector in domestic market and the communal farming area have been growing and requiring more sectors not only to supply but to trade in a local scale aiming the self-sufficient city in this peak oil era.
Analysis on existing markets
-Major farmers’ markets in Brisbane are held only on weekends
-A few farmers’ markets are located in suburban area although most products are coming from rural regions
-Shortage of daily farmers’ markets in the northern east side of suburbs
-Absence of the focal point to collect and sell products around the site
Product Range in Brisbane farms
Carrot, tomato, onion and other vegetables are mainly produced in Brisbane suburban area. Accordingly, those products will be collected in the community market place as well as traded between local consumers and farmers.
Local Target- Community Farm + Farmers’ Market
Analysis on Residents
Hendra and Nundah ; Over 43% of households in this are composed of couples with children, 39% are couples without children including older couples, and 15% are single parent families.
Expected users and consumers on Farm and Market
Due to a number of families having children and consisting of older people, community garden will be actively used to produce fresh food and contact with people.
Community gardens in suburbs are located close to the residential areas and organized through neighborhood groups, thus functioning as a suburban community hub.
Expected Activities in Community Garden
-Taking a rest in the nature
-Education for children
-Easy access to fresh, nutritious food
-Learning the skills of gardening
Lisa’s story in the Community garden
Lisa’s children enjoy coming to the garden where they can learn and play in a safe, open place. They have convinced some of their friends to get their parents involved in the garden too.
I’m a student, so on my day off I come here and help out. I like engaging with people who have disabilities; showing them some cooking. I love it here because it is open to anybody
Community Farmers’ Markets related to local production
Brisbane’s tomato production is one of the potential fields. Vegetables, potatoes, lettuce and sweet potatoes are also produced well in this area. Thus, collecting these items into the market place to trade with suburbs will be relatively helpful and energy-saving..
Regarding the effective production, the times of cropping should be considered, especially temperature and rainfall patterns. In summer high temperature tolerant vegetables, such as broccoli and lettuce are produced while carrots and capsicum sensitive on frost are mainly produced in autumn.
Creating Waterways in community garden
Planning waterways in the community garden along the existing creek course could be beneficial for drainage and irrigation in the farm while being careful for the erosion of the creek banks. Through designing personal farming units, farmers and residents can allocate their land effectively according to the number of units they have as well as engage the water courses.
Environmental Target – Community Farm + Farmers’ Market
Existing waterways and water station
Flowing water around suburban area can be used to supply the community farm, running into creek and bay nearby site.
Using recycled water through the current treatment plant or natural runoff can reduce “water footprint”, being efficient for both human and nature. Also, water reuse allows communities to become less dependent on groundwater and surface water sources and can decrease the diversion of water from sensitive ecosystems.
Green Access to Community Garden and Farmers’ Markets
Connected to community garden, green pathways provide residents with enjoyable atmosphere while walking and biking along the streets.
Markets next to the community garden are also linked directly with the northern existing green space, thus being easily accessible for neighbors and energy saving for carrying products.