Fresh produce right at your doorstep! Head over to the Parklands urban farms.
Approximately 5% (264 hectares) of the Parklands has been set aside for farming. The first farming precinct in the Parklands is located in Horsley Park, adjacent to the M7 Motorway and The Horsley Drive.
We have approximately 100 hectares of active farming at Horsley Park. This land has a farming history but remained vacant until a few years ago when it was re-leased to local fruit, vegetable and flower farmers.
Looking ahead, our vision is for a Farm Gate trail, allowing locals and visitors to buy fresh produce directly from local growers. People will be able to cycle or stroll to market gardens along a planned network of new paths and trails. We are also looking at the potential for a community farming hub and café.
Partnering with Fairfield City Council, we’re doing preparation work in the urban farming precinct to allow for new tracks and street tree planting. The tracks will be adjacent to roads that connect into the existing Parklands walking and cycling network and the M7 shared path.
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In the meantime, some of the farms are selling their produce direct to the public at roadside stalls. These include Heng Fresh Farm, Sydney Flowers Express, Sun Fresh Farms - all family-run businesses located on Ferrers Road. They offer a wide range of just-picked produce, such as leafy green vegetables, fresh flowers and delicious strawberries.
The farm gate trail is still a way off, but we are committed to it in our Horsley Park Urban Farming Masterplan 2019 which also describes our vision for:
- Creating a place of peri-urban agriculture that celebrates a genuine rural character
- Promoting a best-practice approach to farming, and creating a socially engaging experience for the community
- Creating a farming and agriculture destination that helps people in urban areas to understand where food comes from
- Celebrating local food production and culture
- Complementing other agricultural precincts in Western Sydney