Image credit: Landshare Australia
Bonnie already reported on how the landshare movement was connecting landless growers with land owners, turning unused garden and farmland into productive food growing spaces. Then Alex followed up with a post on how SharedEarth.com was bringing landsharing to the US. Now a similar outfit is looking to do the same in Australia, offering an online forum for those who grow food, those who want to grow food, and those who want to see others grow food with the resources they have. Found via the Tweets of the ever informative Green Renters, Landshare launched in March and already has 793 members and counting. Offering users the chance to both find land or offer land, the site also lets members search for help with time, tips or tools for successful growing:
Landshare Australia brings together people who have a passion for home-grown food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for cultivating food. The concept of Landshare began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community of more than 57,000 growers, sharers and helpers across the country. Now that Landshare is here in Australia, we welcome you to come and take part in this fantastic initiative.
Landshare is for people who:
* Want to grow vegetables but don't have anywhere to do it
* Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share
* Can help in some way - from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping out on the plot itself
* Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing
* Are already growing and want to join in the community
It looks likes the landless of Australia just got one step closer to finding somewhere to plant roots. We'd love to hear of any other organizations doing similar things around the world!