Festival of Mud
South Australia | Urban
Perth City Farm has become a Western Australian icon for environmental sustainability and community engagement, offering education tours to school groups and work experience (through the state’s Work for the Dole program) and environmental learnings to a range of community members. For more than 20 years, Perth City Farm has engaged with community, private and government sectors to promote PEACE, an abbreviation for:
Perth City Farm is located on a site within the East Perth urban renewal area near North Metropolitan TAFE, and was formerly used as an engineering workshop by Mobil, a depot for Perth’s trolley buses, and an engineering foundry. The half-hectare site contained dilapidated warehouses, a courtyard and a vacant lot. Initially, the City Farm team secured a two-year lease from the former East Perth Redevelopment Authority for the site.
The brief for the initial design features included:
Now almost 25 years on, the site has tranformed since its original inception.
The site is now a thriving community garden and cultural hub, and has secured a 40-year lease with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (now DevelopmentWA). Through a management committee, staff and dedicated team of volunteers and workers, the farm is able to showcase permaculture and sustainable environments, run rehabilitation working programs, and maintains strong links to nature and the arts, through education and enterprise.