KICKSTARTING URBAN FARMS IN Sydney's unused spaces.
Pocket City Farms (PCF) is a not-for-profit association established and run by a crew of skilled individuals, who are motivated and passionate about urban farming and sustainability. We are working to bring urban farms to Sydney’s unused spaces.
Local sustainable food production close to where the bulk of our population live, is integral in securing a healthy future for our communities and our planet. Our model of farming is multidimensional – whilst growing fresh, local, organic and healthy food is at the heart of what we do, we are also aiming to make a significant impact through education and community building.
In June 2016 we opened our first urban farm at Camperdown Commons. The farm is on the former and abandoned Camperdown Bowling Club in Sydney's inner west. Our urban farm is a community hub where you can come and visit the productive ecological farm, get your hands dirty volunteering, take part in our composting and food forest care programs, attend a range of workshops, events, and yoga classes, and bring your school, corporate or community group for a tour, talk or workshop.
Importantly, the farm is a place to visit, enjoy productive green space in the city, dig your hands in the soil, and learn all about where exactly our food comes from and how it’s grown!
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Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pocket City Farms is a not-for-profit established and run by a crew of skilled individuals, who are motivated and passionate about urban farming and sustainability.
EMMA BOWEN is chair, co-founder and general manager of Pocket City Farms. She has previously worked as a sustainability editor and consultant, and part-time organic market gardener with studies in permaculture. She has a successful background in small business start-ups and marketing with skills in community engagement and managing events. Emma has a particular interest in sustainability across cities, personal lifestyle and food production.
MICHAEL ZAGORIDIS is a co-founder and farm manager of Pocket City Farms. He is an organic market farmer with a permaculture background. His experience is in organic, permaculture and sustainable farm practices, nourishing soil structures and local food networks. Michael is trained in permaculture teaching, with a focus on skilling up new farmers and developing food growing skills in the community.
KAREN ERDOS is a a co-founder of Pocket City Farms. She is a registered architect with thirteen years of experience working on a range of projects, from a school in a slum community in India, to large scale residential projects, and has worked extensively with municipal councils. Karen is very passionate and focused on sustainable design and has a keen interest in permaculture, urban sustainability and farming.
ANNA BROWN is vice-chair of Pocket City Farms and has spent the last 14 years in financial services in sourcing and transformation roles. More recently she has been working in start-ups and is currently consulting in innovation and design thinking. Anna has used her governance skills in the not-for-profit sector for some years, however Pocket City Farms is particularly close to her heart as she is a keen home gardener and spent 10 years living in the Inner West gardening in pots in limited space.
KRISTY WALTERS is secretary of Pocket City Farms and a community organiser and campaigner. She has spent over 10 years working in environmental and educational organisations with skills in facilitation, financial management, operations, advocacy and volunteer management. Kristy is passionate about building food systems that can connect community members and create resilience in the face of ecological challenges.
JASON HEW is treasurer of Pocket City Farms and a commercial and finance professional specialising in originating, assessing and commercialising new ideas and initiatives. He has a background in investment banking where he advised on M&A transactions and capital raisings for clients across a range of industries. He is a chartered accountant and is passionate about encouraging others to be more conscious of where their food comes from.
MARTIN EGAN has a background in digital media, using design thinking to bring ideas to life: building and testing them robustly so they thrive in the market. His passion for good works in the real world has lead him to work on city farm projects and on various charitable boards. He is excited to help PCF grow with bold new projects, and increase its community reach in both the real and digital world.
MANDY FERGUSON is a not for profit organisation specialist who is passionate about strategies that build community and individual capacity to create sustainable change. In recent years, she has worked with Australian Red Cross on a diverse range of food security programs and projects targeted to vulnerable groups across NSW and ACT. Mandy is excited by the contribution that Pocket City Farms can make to community systems as well as the urban environment.
Our CAMPERDOWN FARM TEAM
Our Camperdown farm is run by a small crew of farming folk who are dedicated to growing good clean local food and providing a unique opportunity for education and community building.
EMMA BOWEN - general manager. Emma is a founding PCF board member and has a background across small business, small-scale farming, urban sustainability, permaculture and education in slow living skills. She is passionate about the unique role urban farming has in our cities for local food production, reconnection to food, community building and education.
MICHAEL ZAGORIDIS - farm manager. Zag is a founding PCF board member and his experience is in organic, permaculture and sustainable farm practices, nourishing soil structures and local food networks.
MADISON ROLAND-EVANS - community coordinator. Madison graduated with an arts degree in literature and Spanish and through experiences farming in Ecuador and around Australia has worked in garden education, small scale agriculture and outdoor education in remote communities. She is passionate about fair food systems and sharing that through experiential education.
JULIA MARTIGNONI - farm assistant. Julia has worked in native title & Aboriginal land rights for a number of years, before pursuing farming full time. She has studied permaculture and worked on organic and biodynamic farms across the world. Julia is also setting up her own urban farm in south-west Sydney.