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Urban Farms Create Close Communities


For Tuesday 14 July 2020 provided by (#letsfindsolutions)

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Urban Farms Create Close Communities

By 2050, Australian households could see urban farms in their backyards, if one Queensland woman has her way. Founder of Our Food System, Kylie Newberry, wants to see a network of farms and market gardens spread across private and public land throughout the suburbs.

She said the Brisbane Food City project included enabling communities to obtain locally grow food easily. The objects are:

  1. To have urban farms based in each Brisbane suburb.

  2. Local residents will be able to purchase local produce at ‘food hubs’.

  3. They hope it will help lower the average age of farmers and create community.

  4. To be a part of ensuring future food security and resilience.

The project plans to inspire cities across Australia to look at adopting the plan to put farming in the hands of neighbourhoods. “We’re talking about a market garden which could be an acre or a quarter-of-an acre which grows a diverse range of crops of seasonal produce. The idea is that the farmer is paid fairly for what they grow, and we might have urban beehives and possibly animals.” Ms Newberry said.

The project is a shift away from the supermarket model towards a system that lowers vulnerability in times such as the food chain issues arising in the current COVID19 crisis. A renewed interest in small acre farming by younger generations is something Ms Newberry believes could be key for future food security. “We have an abundance of land on offer to us and we have a generation who are interested and that’s great, as the average age of a farmer is 60 and we need a contingency plan for our food. Young farmers are more commonplace, especially on the small space farming using rejuvenated practices.?

There are other organisations committed to community gardening in Australia like the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. The aims and objectives of the organisation are to:

  1. Facilitate the formation and management of community gardens and similar social enterprise by making available information and, where possible, advice

  2. Promote the benefits of community gardening and urban agriculture.

  3. Advocate on behalf of community gardeners

  4. Provide information on the website that is adequate and accurate

  5. Provide presentations and advice to local government, other institutions and communities interested in establishing community gardens

  6. Document the development of community gardening in Australia

  7. Provide a list of contacts through which the public may contact community gardens.

Here in the Blue Mountains we have the Crop Swap network with the aim to swap edible, home grown produce amongst local community to reduce food miles, avoid excess packaging, prevent waste and introduce a fun way to get to know your neighbours. Swaps include herbs, vegetables, fruit, seedlings, seeds, eggs, honey, beeswax, preserves, pickles, jams and more. There sharing of edible gardening tips is helpful.

Grants/Subsidies/Funding ? Small business COVID-19 recovery grant

The NSW Government is gradually lifting the restrictions on movement and business trading that were designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means some businesses can now reopen. If your small business or not-for-profit organisation has experienced a decline in turnover as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business recovery grant of between $500 and $3000.

This grant helps small businesses meet the costs of safely reopening or up-scaling operations. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

  1. fit-out changes and temporary physical changes (for example, plastic barriers at checkouts)

  2. staff training and counselling

  3. business advice and continuity planning

This grant can only be used for purchases of eligible expenses made from 1 July 2020, and only where no other government support is available.

Note:?Applications?close 11:59pm Sunday 16 August 2020.

To be eligible for this grant, you must as of 1 March 2020:

  1. Be a small business or a not-for-profit organisation based in NSW.

  2. Have an ABN registered in NSW (make sure all your business details are up to date on the?Australian Business Register?- this is used to determine eligibility).

  3. Have an annual turnover of more than $75,000 (a Business Activity Statement must be provided as evidence). Where a small business does not submit a BAS to the Australian Tax Office, and meets all other criteria, the small business should contact Service NSW to discuss further. In these cases, an income tax declaration may be accepted as evidence of an annual turnover of $75,000.

  4. Employ less than 20 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff (non-employing businesses can apply).

  5. Be able to report a payroll below the NSW 2019-2020 payroll tax threshold of $900,000.

  6. Be in a highly impacted industry by the Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 (see?guidelines).

  7. Have experienced at least 30% decline in turnover from March to July 2020 compared to the equivalent period (of at least 2 weeks) in 2019.

  8. have costs associated with safely reopening or up-scaling your business from 1 July 2020.

Note:?If you have received a COVID-19 small business support grant of up to $10,000, you may also be eligible to apply for the $3000 COVID-19 small business recovery grant.

Eco-tip for the day ? Boiling water in a jug

A jug draws 2 kilowatts of electricity (kW). The energy consumed is measured as kilowatthour (kWh) which is the amount of electricity flow multiplied by the time of use. Therefore, the longer it takes to boil the water, the more energy we use. Therefore, the less water there is to boil, the quicker the process. The message: boil just enough water for immediate use.

Share watch ? Nearmap Ltd (NEA:ASX)

Nearmap?s imagery and electronic functions have greatly improved options for companies needing aerial photography. It has been a benefit for solar installers assessing projects and quoting.

Financial indicators

The VIX fear gauge up by 4.25 points since last Tuesday EST to 32.19.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average down since last Tuesday EST by 201.23 points or 0.77% to 26,085.80, the STOXX 600 down 0.71 of a point or 0.19% to 370.50 and the Shanghai Composite index up 51.27 points or 1.53% to 3,396.61.

Gold up to 1,800.00. US 10-year Treasury Bonds down to 0.630 and oil down to 39.31. Cryptos Bitcoin down 137.27 points since last Tuesday or 1.47% to 9,184.78.

ASX 200 down 120.30 points or 1.99% since last Tuesday to 5,939.60. The Aussie dollar on 69.46US cents.

Eco Market Spot Prices

ACCU $15.85

LGC $40.00

STC $39.10

ESC $25.75

VEEC $34.00

Sources:?RenewEconomy, demandmanager,? Reuters, SMH, Market Watch, Forbes

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