WHO WE ARE
Perth City Farm is a non-profit community environmental centre that provides space and opportunities to build community connections, and educates and enables people to live sustainably. We focus on the relationships between people and the environment, society, and one another.
We were founded in 1994 on the site of a former scrap metal yard and battery recycling facility in East Perth, just next to the Claisebrook train station and adjacent to the CBD. This once toxic and highly polluted site has been lovingly rehabilitated over many years by volunteers to become a thriving community garden and a Western Australian icon for environmental sustainability and community engagement.
Perth City Farm started as a Men of The Trees initiative. Find out more about MOTT here.
On the site you’ll find an operational ethical farm and nursery run by a team of dedicated and inspirational workers and volunteers, and we sell our plants and produce to the general public and local restaurants. Every Saturday morning we play host to the popular Saturday Farmer’s Market to showcase our wonderful garden produce, nursery items and a number of certified organic products from our ‘Farm Door Shop.’ We run various educational programs for adults and children, teaching a range of skills including permaculture gardening, food preservation, recycled crafts and animal husbandry. We also play host to a wide variety of community events, festivals and conferences.
Meet the Executive Team
Rosanne Scott, Founder and Board Chair
Alongside other alumni, Rosanne came up with the idea for Perth City Farm in 1990. Rosanne has been involved in the Farm’s growth and development every step of the way and has worked very hard to ensure Perth City Farm produces outstanding community value, promotes local art and music, and of course continues to work towards a healthy and sustainable future through environmental conservation and sustainable food production. Her motto ‘Planting trees to help people grow’ combines her passion for the environment and for people. It was Rosanne’s passionate vision for a holistic project that saw the birth and evolution of Perth City Farm – kick starting the community garden movement in Perth.
Kathleen Burton, CEO
Kathleen is passionate about enabling people to live considered, meaningful lives, feeling that they belong and are valued in their community, and are connected to the natural world which they respect and protect. She’s used her degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship as a base to work with various non-profit organisations, helping them create programs that bring in new types of revenue, whilst also creating change. Kathleen first fell in love with Perth City Farm in 2010 when she took over the very important volunteer role of Barista for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, before there was a café on site. After some overseas experience Kathleen came back to City Farm in 2014 as a member of the Management Committee, and stepped into the role of CEO in July 2017.
Rod Hughes, Farm Manager
Rod has worked nearly three decades in environmental management with a focus on community involvement, especially in river and catchment management. In recent years he has turned his attention to permaculture learning and how this system of thinking can create new and critical connections between people, the environment and the food we produce to eat. Rod completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate and Diploma of Permaculture, and is using these skills to rehabilitate a large Land for Wildlife property in the Lower Chittering Valley, helping to create a local Community Garden, working as an independent permaculture consultant and, as Farm Manager since mid 2018, helping to shape the future of Perth City Farm.