The Cape Community Farm – a video
Story and video by The Cape, March 2022
With growing interest in locally sourced, nutritious, sustainable food, we believe that well-designed urban farms should become the norm in all new communities.
About the video
We put together this video explaining the Live at the Cape community farm in Victoria’s Bass Coast – a $2 million state-of-the-art community farm designed to grow a huge amount of fresh produce for the residents of this coastal village.
About the farm
The water-efficient farm is a social enterprise featuring a nursery, farmhouse, events space, over 370 Biofilta wicking beds, community building, composting, rainwater harvesting, market garden areas, an outdoor classroom, social spaces, perennial herb beds, beekeeping and much more.
The farm is designed to be economically self-reliant, productive, ergonomic, low maintenance and a model for communities looking to produce great local food. Designed and constructed by The Sustainable Landscape Company, with Biofilta Foodcubes as the main growing system, this advanced urban farm is growing abundant bountiful food right on the coast within earshot of the surf breaks of the rugged Bass Coast.
The Cape Community Farm shows that well-designed farms can deliver multiple benefits:
- reduced food bills and food miles
- nutrient and rainwater capture
- circular economy practices,
- mental health
- urban biodiversity and
- urban cooling.
We also hope to draw in and distribute produce from local farmers and food producers from the beautiful South Gippsland food bowl.
With increasing food prices and food system challenges in a heating climate, we believe that community farms are a trend that is set to grow as communities and progressive developers look to design resilient, connected, food-abundant neighbourhoods and cities.