EDUCATION at PCF
Perth City Farm was officially launched as a training venue on the 28th of August in 2010. The Australian Government granted significant infrastructure funding for the development of training, and in particular the new training café, through the Teaching and Learning capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training. The East Perth Redevelopment Authority (now the MRA) and Lotterywest aided the infrastructure upgrades, and the Central Institute of Technology, Growing Communities WA, the City of Perth, Men of the Trees and Perth City Farm all contributed to achieving the milestone.
City Farm Media Release
Amid a tangle of roads, concrete and steel in East Perth a small patch of green land is offering more than an environmental vision.
City Farm, once a polluted scrap metal yard next to the railway station in City Farm Place (see location map below) is testimony to believing in a dream and working to make it happen, according to founder and past president of Men Of The Trees, Rosanne Scott.
The degraded piece of inner city land is now home to thriving organic gardens and possibly the largest number of earthworms per square metre in Perth. The rewired and refurbished warehouses play host to workshops, seminars, art exhibitions and plenty of good parties.
"We have school kids, youth and social work experience students, people with disabilities, East Perth based businesses and organisations spend volunteering days with us" states Rosanne Scott.
Rosanne and friend Joanne Tucker came up with the City Farm dream while working with Men Of The Trees nearly a decade ago. "We talked about having a place in the city with a nursery, gardens, soup kitchens; a whole educational facility where young people could tend plants, meet each other, learn skills and find respect for themselves," Rosanne says. "It took a while to come about".
A swag of letters asking for suitable land yielded only one reply - from the East Perth Redevelopment Authority. EPRA let City Farm get underway on land that had been set aside for a carpark.
The deal was temporary - two years and then the bulldozers would roll in. Along with other City Farm stalwarts Chris Ferreira, Coral Buscombe, Thomas Scott, Neal Bodel and Clayton Chipper, Roseanne turned the dream into reality despite having an address valued at about $10 million.
"The Authority were always straight with us, but we feel we achieve a lot more than a car park," Rosanne says, referring to the ongoing battle for survival. "It was a dream to set this place up. You don't walk away from a dream."