The Museum Garden and the City Farm project



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The Museum has established a Museum garden, as part of a strategy to green our outdoor spaces. 

The first stage saw the creation of a garden in the area that faces onto Mary Ann Street in Ultimo, and a second garden in the courtyard facing onto Harris Street that links our Volunteer Centre with the Museum. Each features a mix of edible and native plants that can be harvested by staff and volunteers. 

The project benefited from the donation of over 350 plants which had earlier been part of the City of Sydney’s Spring pavement plantings and include parsley, cabbages, lemongrass, sage, strawberries and dill along with citrus tress and an olive tree. The garden was established with funding support from a City of Sydney Environmental Grant.

The Museum has a wider partnership with the City of Sydney to scope the development of a City Farm. A Memorandum of Understanding with the City provides for the two parties to work together to develop the City Farm as an educational and community resource. Helen Nicholson, Producer, Contemporary Programs, and Peter Morton, Manager Strategic Policy and Planning represent the Museum on the City of Sydney’s City Farm Advisory Group. 

From January to March 2013 the partnership with the City of Sydney saw the creation of a Summer Garden at Sydney Park at St Peters. This provided opportunities for volunteers to become city farmers. 

You can read about the Summer Garden and the weekend learning programs which were part of the experience. Read article

See a video of the Summer Garden experience.

The Museum's dhub website also features the Summer Garden. Read article

The Sydney Broadsheet also wrote about the garden along with other media outlets. Read article

During 2013 the City of Sydney City Farm Advisory Group developed a Business Plan. In 2014 Master Planning and design of the City Farm will be undertaken and it is anticipated that the Farm will be operational in 2015. 

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