Collingwood Children’s Farm: European Federation of City Farms associate membership

Mr WYNNE (Richmond) — I rise to acknowledge the magnificent achievement of the Collingwood Children’s Farm in becoming the first city farm in the Southern Hemisphere to become an associate member of the European Federation of City Farms.

The Collingwood Children’s Farm was recently invited to the federation’s conference in Germany, which is the first time a farm outside of Europe has been honoured with an invitation. The federation promotes sustainable development practices while supporting places where young people and adults can participate in educational programs focused on urban and rural environments and their interrelationship with plants and animals.

Under the stewardship of manager Alex Walker Collingwood Children’s Farm promotes the philosophies of permaculture, land care and organic farming, which can be enjoyed by the wider community at Australia’s most popular farmers market, a destination for more than 2000 market goers a fortnight.

With over 30 000 families visiting the Abbotsford site yearly the Collingwood Children’s Farm plays an important role in our local and wider community in providing important social programs. Next year it will celebrate the milestone of 175 years of farming on the Abbotsford site. I commend to the house the Collingwood Children’s Farm, and of course the farm is a great legacy of John and Nancye Cain.