FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford
Supported by RACV
FareShare has developed 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 the vacant site between Victoria Park railway station and Victoria Park oval, into an urban vegetable patch.
The garden, established with assistance from 3000acres, is now growing a range of vegetables on 70 beds created by volunteers. The first crops including zucchini, turnips, carrots, parsnips and silverbeet have already been put to good use in the FareShare kitchen. A trial planting of sweet potato varieties produced a bumper crop. The site is also growing capsicum, Jerusalem artichoke, eggplant, celery and beans.
Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays and Wednesdays.
A new 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 South East.
The site is enabling FareShare to grow a wide range of vegetables with a focus of generating yield.
Les, who comes from a family of well-known horticulturalists, has kindly assisted FareShare prepare the beds for mass planting. The garden has yielded significant crops of carrot, zucchini, sweet potato and pumpkin. Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
FareShare Kitchen Garden, Moorabbin Airport
A new development 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.
FareShare provides quality meals for more than 420 charities across the state, including a number of organisations in the Moorabbin area such as Avo Care, Moira Southern Direction Youth Services, and Matt’s Place.