A small, simple, effective, grass-roots, straight-to-the-heart story about a woman in Australia who re-invented her community by building a garden where all the food is free…
The driving idea behind Food Is Free is simple. People leave their surplus fruit, vegetables, herbs, seedlings and seeds at a particular spot. Then other people come along and take them, at no cost. There is no fee, no membership, no paperwork, no opening hours, no obligation – and no lawful premises.
“It’s very, very naughty,” said Lou Ridsdale, 42, who set up the site. “That’s why I love it. It breaks a lot of taboos. We don’t own the land it’s on, for instance. The community has just taken it over. I’m a great believer in green anarchy.”
“Everyone has a week where you can’t make rent, or afford the school fees or whatever else is going on in your life financially. So it’s really nice to know you’ve got somewhere around the corner that really cares.” Says Risdale to Happen, whose garden started simply because she had grown an excess of produce, and thus left any extra food out front of her house with a “#Food is Free” sign. And though it took about a month to catch on, Risdale now claims that there is “anywhere up to 100 people a day” stopping by her yard to look over the produce, either to take or leave.
Address – Food Is Free Laneway :
Ballarat – cnr Ripon St & Warrior Place
Come along and feel free to take whatever you need. Donations of plants/seeds/soil are always appreciated!
EAT LIKE GODS
LIVE LIKE LEGENDS