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About us

Down's Community Farm is a community-run project in Seaford, Victoria.

Our vision is a resilient community connected to and caring for each other and the environment. 

Our mission is to enhance community wellbeing and resilience through connecting people to each other and their natural environment, and increasing food security in a climate impacted and changing world.

What we do

  • Sustainable food growing in our communal garden area - all who contribute to maintaining the garden are welcome to share the harvest.

  • Private veggie plots are also available for individuals and families to rent by year and grow their own food

  • Eco-regeneration projects to support the natural environment now and long into the future

  • Events, gatherings, programs and courses to support community connection, wellbeing and empowerment through skill building around food growing, permaculture design and more.

  • Healthy eating and food sharing activities and events including delicious cook-ups in our camp kitchen

  • Projects to develop the site, new programs and offerings

 

> Find out What's on and come for a visit!  

> Learn more about the exciting projects we are working on

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About the Farm

Down's Community Farm is located on the traditional and unceded country of the Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people, adjacent to the Seaford Wetlands. 

The farm was once owned and farmed by world-renowned whip and saddlemaker Harry Down and is now licensed by Frankston City Council who have licenced its use as a community farm. 

Our gardens, grasslands, and wetlands are a unique and nourishing space to enjoy the benefits of time outdoors and connecting with nature only minutes from suburbia!

 

> Read more about our Site History.

Our Goals and Impact

The long term vision, goals and plans for Down's Community Farm were created through extensive community consultation and endorsed by Frankston City Council in 2020. We are now working on bringing these big dreams to life through a range of project areas, all supported by our passionate volunteers.   

> Learn more about our vision and plans for positive impact.

> Explore our Annual Reports to find out what we've achieved in recent years. 

The success of our future plans very much depend on the involvement and support of our community and other organisations, so we welcome any potential collaborators to reach out to us!

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Our Committee

Our Committee of Management is staffed by a bunch of passionate volunteers with a diverse range of skills and interests. In 2023 we welcomed back several Committee members for another term as well as some newly appointed Committee members who have been making important contributions at the Farm. 

  • Executive Committee members: President – Robyn Erwin, Vice President- Henri Muniz, Treasurer- Angus Barnes, Secretary – Maureen Griffin

  • Ordinary Committee members: Kathleen van der Weerden, Brendan McMahon, Kathryn Renwick, Hannah Roeschlein.

Our Partners and Supporters

  • Frankston City Council

  • University of Melbourne

  • State + Federal Governments

  • The Community Plate

  • Frankston Business Collective

  • Frankston Social Enterprise Hub 

  • Frankston Environment Friends Network

  • Frankston Food Access Network

  • Friends of Edithvale & Seaford Wetlands

  • Edithvale Community Grocer

  • New Harvest Organic Grocer Seaford

  • Scotsburn Nursery

  • Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority

  • Frankston & surrounding community

  • Belvedere Community Centre

  • Orwil St House 

  • Permatil - East Timor

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