Welcome! We're Down's Estate Community Project, also known as
Down's Community Farm.
We're in the exciting process of growth and development.
To find out more see below and on our Consultation 2020 page.
We are focusing on 5 Core Areas as we plan our next steps
Our 5 Core Areas
Food Sharing & Healthy Eating
Exploring sustainable agriculture, community skill building and vocational training.
Celebrating, learning and creating a resilient community together.
Developing a whole site plan to work with nature.
Farm House Restoration
Creating a multi-purpose space for community members.
Food Sharing & Healthy Eating
Nourishing meals made with our shared knowledge and skills.
Weed Management Plan
Our goal is also to educate volunteers and the community about these techniques and involve them in monitoring the effectiveness of these processes to remove and prevent re-emergence of these weeds.
This will create opportunities for natural re-emergence of the seed bank of indigenous species.
Plant health and survival will be regularly monitored to ensure success.
The project will improve:
community knowledge and skills of ecological regeneration works
extent and condition of important remnant habitat
wildlife habitat and corridor linkages
community connection to our local environment and involvement in ecosystem restoration
Community Education and Resources
Non-chemical techniques used for weed eradication are relevant to:
We offer the information here as a resource for local residents, public & private land managers and farmers to use for environmentally friendly weed eradication that aligns with Frankston City Council's Greening Frankston program. Subsequently there will be a reduced volume of chemicals entering the environment and impacting the health of land managers, their families, surrounding residents and produce consumers. Soils will be healthier and potentially more productive.
The aim of this project is to remove high threat invasive weed species using environmentally friendly, non-chemical processes, from the Down's Estate Community Project management area.
This will create opportunities for natural re-emergence of the seed bank of indigenous plant species.
Our purpose is to foster community connection to and care for the environment and each other by establishing a community gathering and learning place at Downs Estate, Seaford.
Our activities include building community resilience and wellbeing, connection to local history and culture, demonstrating and teaching sustainable food production to increase local food security and actively enhancing the natural environment.
At all times we respect:
the Traditional Owners of Down’s Estate, the Boon Wurrung and Bunurong, their elders, past and present and their ongoing connection to the land
the natural environment surrounding and within Downs Estate
the challenge of rapid climate change, balancing human needs with those of the land and its flora and fauna
the past, present and future value of the site for the local community and visitors to Frankston City
Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Permatil -East Timor
Frankston Environment Friends Network
Frankston Food Access Network
Friends of Edithvale & Seaford Wetlands
Patterson River Secondary College
Edithvale Green Grocer
New Harvest Seaford
Afri Aus Care
Frankston & surrounding community
Frankston City Council,
University of Melbourne,
State + Federal Governments
Belvedere Community Centre
Thank you to our Supporters & Stakeholders
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