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KITCHEN GARDEN REAPS FIRST TONNE OF VEG

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Sixty kilos of beautiful carrots from FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford, have taken us past a mini milestone – our first tonne of homegrown vegetables at the site.oneytonneweb

The carrots, one of the most valued and versatile vegetables in our kitchen, are used as an ingredient in our ready-to-eat meals such as curries, casseroles, tagines and soups. They can also be shredded to add nutrition to our sausage rolls.

With food now growing at three sites – Lulie Street in Abbotsford, Moorabbin Airport and the Baguley family farm in Clayton South – FareShare expects yields to grow rapidly.

We are now concentrating on eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and butternut pumpkin and will be trialing sweet potato under the guidance of Dr Chris Williams from Burnley campus, University of Melbourne,  in December.

In Melbourne’s outer South East, where Les Baguley has generously provided us with an acre of prime farm land to grow vegetables, we are harvesting kale and broccoli. Our Moorabbin Airport garden is producing leeks and carrots, and we continue to reap silverbeet from Abbotsford.

All three sites are tended by FareShare volunteers. There is now space available on volunteer shifts at the Baguley Farm in Clayton South for physically intensive work on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 2pm. There are also opportunities at Moorabbin Airport on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

For more information about volunteering in the gardens, please visit our volunteering page.