3. Norlane – Sustainable living for renters & urban food production

Jonathan WrightSHD2019

3. Norlane

Type: The Farm Next Door - Sustainable living for renters & urban food production
Open: 10am to 2pm


  • Retrosuburbia style community building initiative
  • Transformation over 2 years into urban farm
  • Upcycled baths into wicking beds
  • DIY economical rocket oven - great for pizzas & roasts
  • Small (75m2) 1950s weatherboard share house
  • Low cost retrofit ideas to improve energy efficiency, suitable for renters
  • Regular community events and veggie markets support people living in postcode 3214
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After a year abroad working on organic farms in 2017 where I discovered the importance of local food systems and well connected communities I returned home to Geelong eager to see what was happening in these fields. TFND emerged as a response to the lack of access to naturally grown produce and food growing knowledge and resources in North Geelong. Since its inception in April 2018 the project has evolved organically, growing and distributing over 2 tonnes of produce in its’ first season while connecting people from across Norlane and Geelong.

TFND aims to be an accessible and (financially) sustainable urban farm which provides local employment, community events and natural produce to catalyze community sufficiency. TFND is grounded in the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, which are reflected in the low-cost, low energy retrofits that have been made to the existing house. We can’t wait to share it with you! 

On site here;
  • Fresh veggies!