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November 1st to 30th 2024

Growing Edible
Towns, Cities and Suburbs

A celebration co-ordinated by Sustain: The Australian Food Network

Events celebrating and raising awareness of Australia's urban agricultural movement

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November 1st to 30th 2023

Urban Agriculture Month 2023

Growing Edible Towns and Cities

Sustain: The Australian Food Network's third national Urban Agriculture Month happened from 1st - 30th November 2023, and was our biggest yet! Urban Agriculture Month is a month-long celebration of all things urban agriculture, featuring a range of exciting events happening right across Australia.

Click here to read the Sustain Urban Agriculture Month Report for 2023.

From open gardens, workshops, guided tours, communal feasts and other hands-on learning experiences, we bring people together to connect, share and learn.

Our fourth national Urban Agriculture Month will be happening in November 2024. There will be plenty of ways you can get involved: from attending events to running your own, and sharing our program on socials and in real life with your community. We'll share details about how you can join in a little later in the year. In the meantime, take a look at our map to see what happened last November.

View Urban Agriculture Month 2023 Events

Get involved!

Host your own event

Hosting your own event is a great way to promote urban agriculture in your community, connect with like-minded people, form new collaborations, grow together...and have fun! For example you could:

Your event can be as big or small as you choose. It can be something you plan from scratch, or you can share an event that you've already organised. It can be a one-off event, or part of a series. It can be free for participants, or there can be an entry fee. You can host a single event, or many! We value diversity and want to celebrate urban agriculture in all its forms.

Learn more about hosting your own event

Attend an event

You'll find all of our amazing community-run Urban Agriculture Month events for 2023 on our Events map. We'll archive this later in the year ready to add all the new 2024 events. Please keep checking back as we don't want you to miss anything!

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Join us online

Join the conversation with thousands of people around the country by tagging your (relevant) social media posts with #UrbanAgricultureMonth or #UAM2024.

You can find us on Facebook - both at Sustain: The Australian Food Network and Urban Agriculture Forum, so follow along to be kept up to date with the latest happenings.

We're also on Instagram at @sustainaustralia and @urban_agriculture_month . Be sure to tag us on social media as we love to see what you're growing, and we'll do our best to share your posts.

We prepared a range of graphics and templates to help you spread the word about Urban Agriculture Month 2023 using social media: see our Trello board here. We'll be updating these for 2024 a little later in the year so keep checking back - and if there's anything specific you're looking for, just get in touch!

Urban Agriculture Month (UAM) is run by Sustain: the Australian Food Network, a think and do network connecting passionate people like you to create tangible change in our food system. Sustain is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

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Who can get involved?

Anyone involved in urban agriculture is welcome to organise an event, whether individually or as a group, organisation or business. Just as diversity enriches our ecosystem, UAM is a time to celebrate our diverse urban agriculture community. If you are planning an event to promote a business, service or product, we ask that your event gives back to the community in some way (eg. providing an educational experience).

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Why UAM?

Urban Agriculture Month throws the spotlight on the innovative, diverse, and ever-evolving urban agriculture movement in Australia. In 2023 we centred around the theme: 'Growing Edible Towns and Cities'. This is all about urban agriculture as a tool for feeding and nourishing our communities as cities, towns and suburbs continue to expand.

Participating in the month not only contributes to this wider conversation, but it will also bring media attention, local supporters, and new participants to your community. UAM aims to strengthen our existing networks and grow powerful connections, increasing support to those who need it through sharing and connecting.

The bigger picture

UAM goes beyond these individual events, seeking to demonstrate the need and value of ongoing support to communities and organisations from local and state governments in the area of urban agriculture. Highlighted through our 2020 Pandemic Gardening survey, the links between access to urban agriculture, personal resilience and well-being was felt widely across our country during the pandemic. A major concern for many Australians was the urgency felt for changes to be made to our food system in the wake of climate change and the overlapping global crises disrupting the supply chain.

The recent election has shown that there is a clear desire among most people for a shift for action on climate change and for doing things differently.

Urban Agriculture Month events will attract seasoned gardeners as well as beginners, with a goal of increasing community connection, and sharing and ideas skills to make our growing towns and cities more edible.

A recent report by Farmers for Climate Action predicted that empty supermarket shelves would become a more frequent sight for Australians.

The scale and diversity shown by UAM will be a powerful message and demonstration of how we can address these concerns collectively, and the need for government to play their part in effecting change.


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