Case Studies

There are a range of different centres around the world that are informing and educating, and demonstrating to, our community about urban agriculture’s potential and sustainable living.

Below you’ll find just some of the centres that are already enabling our communities to have control of the most essential items of daily life – secure and healthy food and shelter.

These are just a few of the projects that are inspiring UAA and we encourage you to visit them in person or online.

CERES – Centre for Education and Research on Environmental Strategies, Melbourne

  • Operating since 1982
  • Receive around 350,000 visitors per year
  • Reaches around 70,000 people per year across Victoria through outreach programs
  • Receives around 60,000 school students visit each year on excursions
  • Located on a 4.5 hectare site that was a bluestone quarry and then a municipal tip, on the banks of the Merri creek
  • Annual revenue of around $8 million
    • Employs 140 staff (mostly part-time) and has around 400 active volunteers
    • Mission: To address the causes of climate change, promote social wellbeing and connectedness, build local and global equity, and embrace and facilitate rapid change.

Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane

  • Operating since 1994
  • Planted more than 1500 exotic and native fruit trees, bushtucker plants, shrubs and ground covers
  • Largely run by many volunteers, backed up by equally passionate community support
  • Informal learning is supplemented by numerous formal workshops, courses and programs
  • Enterprises are developed and grants sought to enable the farm to continue to make this contribution to the people of Brisbane
  • Located on a 4 hectare farm site
  • Mission: To create a working model of a cooperative, community based urban permaculture farm, which demonstrates, promotes, educates and advocates for environmental and economic sustainability in a healthy, diverse and supportive community.

Perth City Farm, Perth

  • Operating since 1994
  • Located on a 1 hectare site that was used as a scrap metal yard and a battery recycling plant, before being rehabilitated and becoming the farm
  • Mission: CROP – To showcase innovative urban farming, and foster partnerships and community participation in food production workshops, interactive tours and social enterprises that promote sustainable food systems. COOK – To use the farm-based cooking school and community kitchen to bring people together to share and prepare healthy meals using seasonal produce harvested on-site. CONNECT – To encourage community engagement through hands-on learning and social education designed to inspire dialogue, debate and awareness around local, national and global food issues.

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales

  • Founded in 1973 and opened to the public in 1975
  • Receives almost no grant or government funding for ongoing activities, but has received significant grants towards new buildings
  • Running costs are paid through income generated by CAT (the visitor centre, courses, shops, mail order, restaurant, cafe, publications and consultancy), and the donations of supporters (volunteers, staff who accept wage levels considerably below average, and the support of members of the public)
  • Europe’s leading eco-centre
  • Staffed by 90 permanent staff and volunteers all year round, and a further 60 people during the summer months
  • Receive around 65,000 visitors every year
  • Located on a 7 acre (2.8 hectare) site, which was a disused slate
  • Mission: CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. Within this search the role of CAT is to explore and demonstrate a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.