2020 has been a year of enormous change and challenges for millions of Australians and people around the world.
In particular, the COVID19 pandemic, the restrictions introduced to deal with it (e.g. lockdown, social distancing) and the ongoing economic repercussions have brought about major changes in where we spend our time, who with, and what we do.As a collective of organisations with a shared understanding that growing edible food can be a force for good in society, and with a shared commitment to supporting the expansion of all forms of edible food growing in Australian towns and cities, we are interested in understanding the extent to which the COVID19 restrictions and legacy have impacted the attitude and actions of community members towards edible food growing.
We have therefore put together this survey with the following aims:
1. To assess the extent of edible food growing by Australians in 20202.
2. To assess as best we can the impact of the COVID19 restrictions and ongoing legacy on the take-up and / or expansion of edible food growing by Australians
3. To assess the experiences of Australians with edible food growing during and after the COVID19 restrictions
4. To assess what resources and supports Australians may want or need to continue and / or expand their practices of edible food growing
We will use the results in the following ways:
1. To advocate to local, state and federal governments for greater resourcing and support, including through the expanded allocation of temporary and permanent spaces, for edible food growing
2. To advocate to the philanthropic sector for greater resourcing and support for edible food growing and associated programs
3. To raise the visibility and prominence of urban agriculture and edible food growing in Australia, in particular during the 3rd national Urban Agriculture Forum and first national Urban Agriculture Month (April 2020)
Want to know more? Listen to ABC Drive's interview with Sustain's Executive Director, Nick Rose.
Listen to Community Gardens Australia's President, Naomi Lacey on ABC Darwin's Gardening Program.
We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and thoughts about this subject. This survey should take approximately 8 minutes to complete.