FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford
Supported by RACV
FareShare has created a large kitchen garden in the heart of Melbourne on VicTrack land close to our Abbotsford kitchen.
With the generous support of RACV and Gandel Philanthropy, FareShare has transformed a former dumping ground between Victoria Park railway station and Victoria Park oval, into a productive urban vegetable patch.
Established with assistance from 3000acres, the kitchen garden now grows a range of vegetables on 70 beds created by volunteers.
The first crops including zucchini, turnips, carrots, parsnips and silverbeet have been put to good use in the FareShare kitchen. A trial planting of sweet potato varieties produced a bumper crop in 2017.
The site is also growing capsicum, Jerusalem artichoke, eggplant, celery and beans.
Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays and Wednesdays.
An exciting venture on the city fringe
Commercial flower, herb and vegetable grower Les Baguley has provided FareShare with the opportunity to grow vegetables at scale on his prime farm land in Melbourne’s outer fringe.
His family farm in Clayton South is enabling FareShare to grow a wide range of vegetables with a focus of generating yield. In the 2016-2017 growing year, the farm produced 21 tonnes of vegetables for the kitchen.
Vegetables grown include zucchini, pumpkin, carrots, eggplant, turnips, broccoli and silverbeet. In a trial planting in partnership with the Burnley horticulture campus of the University of Melbourne, FareShare also grew almost a tonne of sweet potatoes on the farm. (See picture right with Dr Chris Williams from Burnley, FareShare garden program manager Susie Scott and garden supporter Les Baguley).
Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and require a good level of physical fitness.
FareShare Kitchen Garden, Moorabbin Airport
An opportunity to grow vegetables on 3000 square-metres of airport land
A disused plot of land on one of Australia’s busiest airports has been donated by Moorabbin Airport Corporation and the Goodman Foundation to grow vegetables.
The kitchen garden, located next to the Australian National Aviation Museum, comprises scores of raised beds which have been planted with root vegetables, greens and herbs. The garden has contributed valuable turnips, carrots, zucchini and silverbeet to the FareShare kitchen.
Volunteer shifts operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.