Lettuce be friends

Team Name: 
StairCasey to heaven

Food security is one of the greatest challenges facing Australia in the 21st century. In Melbourne, the challenges are exacerbated by phenomenal growth and expansion of our urban area into land that would have traditionally been used for farming. But not all the urban land is taken up. There are pockets of land in urban areas that are uninhabitable. These pockets of land may be powerline easements or flood zones for example - these cannot be developed.

This land should not be wasted. It should be freed up for sustainable farming that helps feed our nation.

Our project will help people to identify these many small pockets of land that can be used for farming and food production. It will connect people wih this available land so they can set up community farming projects and community gardens. The food that is produced in this area will be for the use of the community that grows it.

This project has the added benefit of bringing together people in the local community. It will connect people of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and religions over a common need - to sustain their families.

Region: 
Team Prize Details: 
Paddock to Plate
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
iag_flood_aus_cel_201607_json
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
IAG
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Victorian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
We used the flood data to determine in QGIS where areas prone to flooding are to assist with selection of land fit for farming.
Dataset Name: 
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Regional Boundaries - Vicmap Admin
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Victorian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
We used the shapefiles in this data as a base layer in our GIS to plot other layers onto
Dataset Name: 
Planning scheme zones - Vicmap Planning
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Victorian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
We used this data to make shape files that indicate areas of interest for planning where gardens might go. We created the following layers from this data. * School areas * Parks * Other Public Space * Transmission Wire Easement * Green Wedge * Urban Flood Zone * Creeks, Hammam Drain, Wetlands
Event Location: 
Melbourne