Kitchen Gardens | FareShare Food Charity

Kitchen Gardens

Growing Food

To cook more than one million, nutritious meals a year, FareShare needs a constant supply of nutritious ingredients. Sourcing enough fresh vegetables to meet the growing demand for food from charities is one of our biggest challenges.

FareShare Kitchen Gardens, with the generous support of its founder partner RACV, is tackling this problem head on by growing our own vegetables to supplement rescued produce.

Using small plots of disused land, FareShare Kitchen Gardens transforms land into vibrant community assets run by volunteers under the supervision of our garden manager.

With our own fresh produce, FareShare aims to secure the nutritional content of the 5000 meals we cook every day.

Vegetables are essential ingredients in FareShare's nutritious meals

FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford, emerges from a waste ground

How you can help

FareShare Kitchen Gardens welcome donations of funds, materials and services.  We have ongoing costs for tools, seed, propagation equipment,  wheelbarrows, and protective clothing.

We are interested in hearing about fertile land suitable for growing vegetables in and around Melbourne. If you would like to contribute or require more information, please contact Susie Scott (

Our kitchen gardens rely on volunteers for hard physical work, such as moving soil, and lighter duties such as propagation and weeding. While most volunteer shifts are now busy, you can apply to join a regular shift. Please register your interest on our volunteering page, and visit our newsroom and facebook page for regular updates.

FareShare is now growing vegetables at three sites. One in the heart of Melbourne near our Abbotsford kitchen, one at Moorabbin Airport and now a third on the Baguley family farm in South Clayton.

Our exciting kitchen garden venture is already contributing much-needed vegetables to our kitchen and connecting local communities with volunteering opportunities. With the new site in South Clayton, we have the potential to generate a significant yield.