Reaping rewards


Slow Food International’s network stands up for good, clean and fair food for every person on this planet through its work and advocacy in 6 diverse and worthwhile areas:

  • Climate change, our eating choices, the agriculture we want
  • The Africa of Slow Food and Terra Madre
  • Biodiversity, knowledge, communities and cultures we want to defend and support
  • Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, a key ally in facing global challenges
  • Transmission of wisdom, access to knowledge, the diffused university
  • Plastic in the planet’s ecosystem: A threat to our food and health

Slow Food Brisbane, in line with Slow Food International’s principles, is pleased to support the good work being done at a community garden with a difference at 3rd Space drop in centre for the homeless in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

The garden has been set up by the 3rd Space activities officer, Jules Ramsay, for the benefit of those within the 3rd Space community.  Jules, pictured left with Slow Food Brisbane’s GerryBrady, has developed the garden on a small plot within the grounds of 3rdSpace with help from a number of the drop in centre’s clients, especially the younger ones.

She is encouraging them “get their hands dirty” and work towards a positive outcome. The results have been very encouraging as the clients/workers can see the garden growing rapidly.

The garden uses permaculture principles, natural fertilisers and is chemical free. It has a worm farm and a composting system in place to help nourish the raised vegetable beds.  The garden is already productive and the money donated by Slow Food Brisbane will make it even more so by helping 3rdSpace buy seeds, sugar cane mulch, fish emulsion, lattice sheeting, bamboo stakes, a hose and a solar pump for their pond.

The café at 3rdSpace uses the fresh good, clean, fair produce grown in the garden in the food they prepare for their clients. They also use surplus food from Nudgee College students’ vegetable garden as well as Foodbank Queensland.

About Slow Food

Slow Food originated in Italy in the 1980s after a demonstration on the intended site of a fast food franchise at the Spanish Steps in Rome with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. The movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Today Slow Food represents a global movement involving thousands of projects and more than one million people in over 160 countries.

About 3rd Space

Established in 1975 and originally called 139 Club located at 139 Charlotte Street the drop-in centre and refuge for Brisbane’s homeless, became an independent incorporated association in 1983 and is located at 505 Brunswick Street, their home since 1988.

3rdSpace, it’s name since 2017, provides a safe, judgement-free zone for their visitors and strive to help them achieve their goals. They also provide medical, nursing and psychological services, help with finding housing opportunities, community building activities, beds (until 4.30 pm), showers and meals.

Approximately 120 clients drop in for some time every day, often sitting quietly at the cafe or sleeping on the beds provided in a large dormitory under constant supervision with a security guard always present to ensure everyone’s safety.