A group in Lyttelton, which was cut off from Christchurch during the earthquakes, plans to make the town more self-reliant to safeguard food supplies.
Community group Project Lyttelton wants to grow vegetables in bulk, raise chickens and harvest fish to ensure food supplies should another natural disaster occur.
Project Lyttelton says its initiative would create employment.
It says it has secured $240,000 in funding through the Department of Internal Affairs to employ a community development manager.
The group is investigating building a sustainable resource centre at Orton Bradley Park.