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Additional food planted on the first community plant-in day (the following plants relate to the areas on the drawing that we’ve labelled annuals and/or herbs):

Annuals – a variety of brassicas, peas, nasturtiums and marigolds.
Perennials – native parsnip, lemon verbena, lemon grass, lavender, rosemary, pigface, dianella, rhubarb, thyme, mint, comphrey, whiteroot, Vietnamese mint and strawberries.
We would love to make this map of the food forest more interactive and web accessible. Any budding web designers out there interested in helping us?


  1. Anonymous says:

    hi AAF

    the whole project is divine and inspiring.

    those central chestnuts will be pretty huge won't they?
    It really will be a forest. I never could picture it from the name
    until now/

    I love the aerial shape – like lungs, or breasts.

    Thanks for that!


  2. The Food Forest has helped me develop my theological story.

    The Food Forest is planted on the front of the church of St Michaels Anglican church, Surry Hills. It is in the center of Australia's largest metropolis. A city is parasitical in its ecological impact – it derives its sustenance from the hinterland and beyond. The Food Forest is a patch of productivity, diversity, fruitfulness and sharing in the heart of the parasite.

    The Food Forest is shaped like a footprint. It is a symbol of the footprint of Jesus (size-7). It is a bio-symbol for God's desire to see his people be productive, diverse, fruitful and sharing. The congregations of St Michaels can continue to be this way if we remain connected to Jesus, right in the heart of the biggest metropolis in Australia.

    I would encourage any church to engage with the concept of a Food Forest and/or community garden. It is a bio-reminder of God's desire to see his people reach and bless others.

    Francis Chalwell, Minister of St Michael's Anglican, Surry Hills

  3. Permapoesis says:

    thanks for your comments t and pp,

    yes, i agree, church grounds are ideal environments for community gardens – good clean soil and happy microbes.

  4. Went by to have a look the other day and I think it is Brilliant! I've wanted to see a veggie garden at st micks for a long time. Thanks for your beautiful vision!
    Soph, Surry hillsider

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks great guys.
    Francis, your vision is anything but pedestrian

    Stoked at the thought of a feijoa bush that I can legitimately raid!

  6. alana says:

    oi meg, i can do webby stuff if you'd like me to. i feel it's probably too late now though. but if you ever need anyone to geek for you all…

  7. Meg says:

    Thank you, Alana! We just might take you up on your offer. Hope you are well. xx

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