03 Mar, 2014 Last updated: 04 Mar, 2015

The vision of 3000acres is that every resident in Melbourne will have access to the environmental and health benefits of growing spaces within easy walking distance of home and work.

In Melbourne's future, neighbours working together will create hundreds of community gardens, mini-parks, urban farms and green markets. Based on the 596acres.org project in the USA, 3000acres was awarded a grant as one of two winners of the VicHealth Seed Challenge. This grant, along with developer contributions, will go directly towards the transformation of a car park in Fitzroy into a fresh food hub.

"This car park would have lain empty and underutilised for 12 months," said Hannah Schwartz, 3000acres Executive Officer.

"Now, it will become a platform to create a fresh food hub in Fitzroy. We're so excited to be delivering this project to the people of Melbourne, and Fitzroy is just the first in a network of sites that will roll out over the next 12 months. Our partners include Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, various local councils, The University of Melbourne and spreadsheets worth of volunteers."

3000acres launched their website and test garden on February 15 as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. There were talks and tutorials about composting, growing veggies in urban spaces and the future of sustainability in big cities, as well as a food cart, and an opportunity for growers to get their hands dirty planting the first seedlings.