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Big things are happening underground at FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford and we’ll be opening our gates to the community on Saturday, October 14 for an insight into urban food production.

FareShare volunteers harvest carrots grown on a former waste ground at Victoria Park

Come and explore the garden and learn how FareShare is utilising small plots of urban land to grow vegetables for our nutritious meals.

Hear from gardening experts and volunteers on everything you need to know about growing food in Melbourne. Topics include edible plants, urban agriculture, bee keeping, worm farming, composting and spring gardening.

Pippa French of 3000 Acres who helped us secure the former waste ground as a kitchen garden, and Chris Williams, from the University of Melbourne’s Burnley horticultural campus, are among the guest speakers.

There will be guided tours, activities for kids and seedlings available by gold coin donation.

Gates open on Lulie St (between Victoria Park station and Victoria Park oval) from 10am to 1pm.



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gardenwebFareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford is opening its gates to the public on Friday, 24 February as part of the Urban Agriculture Series for the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival.

The urban veggie garden was created on a strip of wasteland between Victoria Park Railway Station and Victoria Park oval in 2016 to grow vegetables for FareShare.

Less than 12 months later it boasts 70 beds created by volunteers. The garden is currently growing eggplant, zucchini, carrots, silverbeet, capsicum, beans, Jerusalem artichoke and a trial crop of sweet potato varieties.

Visitors will be able to tour the site and learn about growing food in Melbourne. The Backyard Honey beekeeper will also be at the garden to highlight the important role healthy, local bees play in edible gardens.

Discover the world of vermicompost

You can find out how to generate worm castings from Colin Leitch who will be on hand to provide visitors with advice and demonstrations on worm farms and the most suitable system for you. Colin collects around 150 kg of organic waste from cafes in Lorne each week for use as a feedstock in worm farms at the Lorne Community House. He supplies the resulting vermicompost to FareShare as a soil amendment for our garden beds.

There will also be information on composting to help you tackle unavoidable food waste and generate your own “black gold” to feed your plants.

FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford supported by RACV, is one of three urban sites producing vegetables for FareShare. All food grown at the garden is taken to the FareShare kitchen where it adds vital nutrition to our meals for people in crisis. In January this year the garden produced almost half a tonne of fresh veg.


Event details:

Date: Friday, 24 February 2017

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Address: FareShare Kitchen Garden, Lulie St, Abbotsford

There is no need to book and attendance is free.


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A community effort led by the Father Bob Maguire Foundation and FareShare ensured some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged people got their fair share this Christmas.

Father Bob’s traditional Christmas lunch was threatened after previous catering arrangements fell through. FareShare stepped in to cook the feast with all the trimmings at Collingwood Town Hall on Friday 23 December.

More than 300 guests, including dozens of children, sat down to a sumptuous Christmas lunch prepared from food donated by Woolworths and served by volunteers.

Ty, 7, and mum Belinda, join Father Bob for Christmas lunch

Ty, 7, and mum Belinda, join Father Bob for Christmas lunch

The menu comprised roasted lemon & oregano chicken, ham off the bone and roast vegetables, followed by sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce and ice cream.

“We are extremely grateful for FareShare and our volunteers for enabling us to host this lunch, so that nobody is left behind this Christmas,” said Fr Bob Maguire.

FareShare cooks 5,000 nutritious meals every day for people doing it tough, including growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness and isolation in Melbourne.

“With three million Australians – including more than 730,000 children – now living below the poverty line, many cannot afford the delicious, nutritious food we take for granted during the festive season,” said FareShare’s Lucy Farmer.


Chefs Chris and Joss serve up Woolies hams cooked to perfection

“We believe everyone should get their fair share this Christmas. There’s no more important time for the community to come together around food.”

Father Bob’s, the major foodbank, material aid provider and legal support for the South Melbourne area, also provided Christmas hampers to more than 1,000 families this week.

FareShare is supporting a number of charity Christmas lunches with rescued and donated food this year including a sit-down lunch for 250 at Richmond Churches Food Centre on Christmas day and a community lunch for 85 at the Wellington Centre.


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It’s November and as the charity partner for Good Food Month we’re back at the Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr.

With as many as one million people visiting the Asian hawker-style markets over the next 18 nights, it’s a fantastic opportunity for FareShare to promote our message about food waste, food rescue and food poverty in our city.noodles1web

Around 200 FareShare volunteers will be mingling with the crowds talking about FareShare’s mission and selling fortune cookies. For each cookie sold, we can cook two meals for vulnerable people. We are also selling Thermomix raffle tickets to help feed the hungry.

The festival features food from all over Asia, including drinks and desserts. This year there is more seating and space to enjoy the atmosphere, listen to music and watch the dragon dancers. Come on down and say g’day to our passionate volunteers. We’ll be there until November 27.



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Ground-breaking French chef Flo Gerardin opened his new restaurant Ôter to rave reviews earlier this year.

Now Flo, who is passionate about tackling food waste, is opening the doors to the popular Flinders Lane eaterie for Sauvéa one-off lunch on November 6 in aid of FareShare.

The special 5-course, set meal will feature Flo’s exquisite, nose-to-tail cooking using rescued and donated ingredients. You can watch the transformation from food ‘waste’ to mouth-watering meals from his kitchen bar.flo2web

The exclusive Good Food Month  event is hosted by FareShare ambassador, food writer, critic and cook Dani Valent. Flo will also share some of his culinary secrets.

Sittings are at 12.30pm and 1.30pm and tickets are $190 including wines.  All proceeds are in aid of FareShare. For each ticket sold, FareShare can cook 285 nutritious meals for vulnerable people in our community.

Please contact Kellie Watson to book. / 0438 560896




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Interested in growing food in Melbourne? Drop into FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford for our community open day on Saturday, October 15 (11am–2pm).

Here’s what we have in store on the big day:

11am – 2pm GUIDED TOURS with our regular volunteers (meet at the information stall)drone4web


Spring Gardening: what to plant and how with Jac Larsen

Sustainable Pest Management, home garden pest management with Sara Nour


12-1.15pm  TALKS

Urban land use, Pippa French, 3000 Acres

Urban food waste and recycling, ‘Food Know How’ program, Kathi Clark-Orsanic, City of Yarra, Urban Agriculture Facilitator

Food plant options for Melbourne, Dr Chris Williams, Melbourne University, Burnley


All times subject to change – and weather! Follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford, supported by RACV, grows veggies for the FareShare kitchen which cooks 5000 nutritious meals a day for the hungry and homeless. The garden is located on Lulie St between Victoria Park railway station and Vic Park oval.


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FareShare has teamed up with two ground-breaking chefs to create a couple of special events during Good Food Month in the FareShare kitchen.

French chef Flo Gerardin (pictured above) has been dubbed the “chef on fire”. His new Flinders Lane restaurant Ôter is one of the hottest eateries in town serving superb contemporary cuisine harnessing Flo’s no waste, nose to tail cooking philosophy.

On Sunday 13 November, you and your family can learn from a master – and fight hunger at the same time. The acclaimed chef, who takes pastries to an art form, will conduct a one-off Art of the Tart masterclass and help participants make thousands of quiches for the hungry from rescued food.

The fun, hands-on experience concludes with a quiche with a twist for lunch. FareShare is Good Food Month’s charity partner in Melbourne.


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As spring gets underway, you can find out how we are growing veggies in the heart of Melbourne with guided tours, talks, workshops and tastings.

We’re opening the gates to FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford supported by RACV, KitchenGardenOpenDayFBfor a community day on October 15 between 11am and 2pm.

The event will highlight how a former waste ground has been transformed into a thriving community asset by volunteers and is now growing carrots, silver beet, turnips, leeks, parsnips and peas for our kitchen. 

Learn how to grow food in an urban environment, about edible plants suited to Melbourne, seasonal gardening and how to manage the inevitable pests.

You can follow us on Facebook for regular updates or get a bird’s eye view with this video. A full program of the Open Garden activities will be published closer to the date. 




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FareShare has a host of treats in store as the charity partner for Good Food Month this November.FortuneCookies

Come and find us at the Night Noodle Markets in Birrarung Marr from November 12 to 29. Our volunteers will be out in force selling fortune cookies to round off a feast of delicacies from more than 50 food stalls. You can also grab a raffle ticket for your chance to win a Thermomix worth more than $2,000 with all proceeds to FareShare.

We still have a few places for single men for our Recipe for Love kitchen shifts on November 12 and 26. If you’re a bloke passionate about food and interested in meeting like-minded women, don’t miss out. Click here for details and bookings.

For those with a sweet tooth, check out Sweetfest at the Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne on November 28 and 29. We’re partnering with Little Bertha to sell a delectable array of sweet treats in aid of FareShare. Details at Sweetfest.

Tickets for “Rescued” – two nights of the best rescued food brought to you by Hotel Lincoln and FareShare are now sold out.

Enjoy a wonderful festival!


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If food is the way to a person’s heart, then what better place to look for love than in the kitchen? The FareShare Kitchen!heart-shaped-strawberry

For two nights during Good Food Month, FareShare is opening Australia’s largest charity kitchen in Abbotsford to special volunteer shifts for singles, in partnership with RSVP.

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise be wasted and with the help of more than 750 regular volunteers cooks 5000 free, nutritious meals a day for Victorians doing it tough. It’s fun and rewarding and a great way to meet people.

If you are passionate about food and care about people who go without, FareShare’s singles’ nights, will introduce you to other singles who share your values.

The evenings on November 12 & 26 will be rounded off at the National Hotel with the first drink on the house . Click here for details and to book

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