Holmesglen TAFE Farm to Table Education Hub
Education facility for teaching the community about sustainable food systems
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Food growing operations at Holmesglen TAFE (Waverly) are limited. A new urban farm designed to reduce labour and water input will be installed using 100% recycled materials. The farm will be completely self-sustaining with water sourced from rooftop catchment, seedlings propagated onsite and organic matter composted onsite from food and green waste generated on campus. Sensors and test points placed in the garden will be used as a learning platform, engaging students in horticulture, landscaping, nutrition, hospitality and cookery. The broader community can visit the site anytime and dine at ZEST (on campus restaurant) where the produce will be used.
This project will bolster Holmesglen's educational capacities by providing an interactive platform for students to experience the latest in urban food growing innovation. The project will promote interdisciplinary coordination and cooperation and give students a holistic understanding of the farm-to-table process. Principles of sustainability will inform the design of the site and the curriculum, exposing students to ideas around closing urban resource loops, building circular economies, water-sensitive urban design and healthy eating. These benefits will be exported to the broader community through ZEST, organised tours on open nights (every 8 weeks) and public visits (site is publicly accessible).