Research led by the University of Adelaide has found in a case study of Adelaide properties, households would need to give up less than a quarter of their domestic lawn areas to grow enough vegetables to become self-sufficient.
Researchers calculated self-sufficiency by measuring the capacity of private vegetable gardens to supply the recommended daily vegetable intake of residents. Then using airborne photography (similar to Google Earth) of properties across three sites representative of Adelaide’s geographical spread, Aldinga in the south, Gawler (north) and Burnside (central), they modelled whether there would be enough lawn area to grow a sufficient vegetable supply.
Join Professor Tim Cabagnaro to hear about this fascinating research and what this means for becoming self sufficient in Adelaide.
Professor Tim Cavagnaro
Deputy Head of School (Research)
The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. The University of Adelaide, PMB1 Glen Osmond, SA 5064.
Image credit above: Tim Cavagnaro
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Boys of the Plympton State School working in their vegetable garden, 1900
This event has been supported by the State Library of South Australia