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Using small plots of disused land, FareShare Kitchen Gardens are growing our own vegetables to supplement rescued produce.

Get Involved with FareShare Kitchen Gardens

Donate Funds

You can help us grow healthy food for people in need by supporting our kitchen garden program with a general donation.

Donate Garden Materials

FareShare Kitchen Gardens welcome donations of materials and services. If you have a garden donation, please contact us.

Volunteer in the Garden

Our kitchen gardens are tended by an enthusiastic community of hard-working volunteers. It's tough but rewarding physical work which includes weeding, propagation, planting, harvesting and composting.

About our Kitchen Gardens

In order to cook nutritious meals at scale, FareShare needs a constant supply of quality ingredients. Sourcing enough fresh vegetables in Melbourne to meet the growing demand for cooked meals from food relief charities is one of our biggest challenges. 

FareShare’s kitchen gardens tackle this problem head on by growing our own vegetables on three sites in and around Melbourne to supplement rescued produce. We aim to grow at least one third of the vegetables we need for our Abbotsford kitchen with our garden manager working closely with our chefs to optimise the flow of healthy ingredients. 

The vast bulk of FareShare’s vegetables are grown on the Baguley family farm in Clayton South with the generous support of experienced horticulturalist Les Baguley. FareShare has also created vibrant community assets on pieces of disused land at Moorabbin Airport and Victoria Park.  Watch how we started on Gardening Australia and see our trial sweet potato planting on Landline.

About our Kitchen Gardens

In order to cook nutritious meals at scale, FareShare needs a constant supply of quality ingredients. Sourcing enough fresh vegetables in Melbourne to meet the growing demand for cooked meals from food relief charities is one of our biggest challenges. 

FareShare’s kitchen gardens tackle this problem head on by growing our own vegetables on three sites in and around Melbourne to supplement rescued produce. We aim to grow at least one third of the vegetables we need for our Abbotsford kitchen with our garden manager working closely with our chefs to optimise the flow of healthy ingredients. 

The vast bulk of FareShare’s vegetables are grown on the Baguley family farm in Clayton South with the generous support of experienced horticulturalist Les Baguley. FareShare has also created vibrant community assets on pieces of disused land at Moorabbin Airport and Victoria Park.  Watch how we started on Gardening Australia and see our trial sweet potato planting on Landline.

Our Kitchen Garden locations

Baguley Farm, Clayton South

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 enables FareShare to grow a wide range of vegetables with a focus of generating yield. In 2022, the farm aims to produce 100 tonnes of vegetables for the kitchen. The top crops were cauliflower, carrot, capsicum and zucchini.

Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays – Thursday with a Saturday shift the first three Saturdays of the month. Garden shifts require a good level of physical fitness. There are immediate volunteering opportunities on the Baguley farm for weekdays.

Victoria Park, Abbotsford

FareShare has created a large kitchen garden in the heart of Melbourne on VicTrack land close to our Abbotsford kitchen.

With initial support from 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.

The kitchen garden now grows a range of vegetables on 70 beds tended by volunteers.

Due to its proximity to the FareShare kitchen, this garden is particularly valuable for growing crops with a short shelf life such as herbs. In 2020 basil, thyme, parsley, sage and oregano were grown alongside zucchini, eggplant, celery and carrots.  

Volunteer shifts operate on Mondays and Wednesdays, with corporate volunteering on Fridays. There is currently a  long waiting list for new regular volunteers.

Moorabbin Airport

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 a range of vegetables, notably eggplant. The garden also grows root vegetables, greens and herbs. 

Volunteer shifts operate on Tuesdays only.

Latest News from FareShare Kitchen Gardens

How Les turned crisis into vegetables for FareShare

Back in 1999 Les Baguley was working a 100-hour week for Australia’s biggest flower growers in Melbourne’s Southeast. Born into a business started by his parents, horticultural legends Frank and Isabel, Les could scarcely have imagined how his life would change when aged just 47 he suffered a catastrophic stroke.

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Nutrition is key says garden volunteer Marnie

Marnie Dixon decided to volunteer with FareShare because she witnessed first hand the benefits of our meals to struggling women and their families. The garden volunteer worked for more than 21 years as an outreach community nurse and midwife supporting homeless women and families in inner-city Melbourne. As a first

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Summer harvest in full swing in kitchen gardens

The beginning of the year marks an exciting time for FareShare’s kitchen gardens as we move into our most productive growing season. Following last year’s spring plantings, we are reaping the results of our garden volunteers’ careful tending and hard work over the past few months. We are now regularly

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Making the news with our urban kitchen gardens

Les Baguley's motivation for letting FareShare grow our veg on his land

Our kitchen garden champion Les Baguley has been featured in The Age!

Read all about how a life-changing experience changed his perspective, how his collaboration with FareShare began, how he has helped us grow almost 100,000kg of vegetables this year alone, and how his vegetables are so crucial for our free, nutritious meals and the people who need them. 

Gardening Australia was one of our first visitors

Our work to convert disused land into edible gardens has attracted a lot of attention.

Gardening Australia’s Jane Edmanson reported from our Abbotsford garden in our first growing season.  Find out what she made of the experience which included an inspection of vegetable preparation in our kitchen. 

Kitchen gardens deliver bumper sweet potato harvest

The first harvest of Melbourne’s largest planting of sweet potato took place in our kitchen gardens in 2017.

The cultivation of a global staple, rarely seen in Melbourne gardens, is part of an innovative partnership between FareShare and the Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne.

The low GI, versatile and easy-to- prepare sweet potato is a welcome ingredient for FareShare’s nutritious meals. It also enables FareShare to better support migrant groups and develop more culturally-appropriate recipes. The sweet potatoes are  being used in a variety of FareShare dishes including curries and soups.

Fareshare turns a vacant city plot into a bountiful urban farm

In a country as big as Australia, it’s hard to understand why you would squash a farm between a rail line and an inner-city parking lot.

But, that’s just what has happened alongside Victoria Park train station in central Melbourne, and for good reason.

Nothing more than a dumping ground for old mattresses and broken bottles 12 months ago, the land is now a 3000 square metre garden supplying vegetables to Abbotsford’s Fareshare kitchen, where one million meals a year are cooked for charities.

FareShare Kitchen Gardens acknowledge our generous supporters