FareShare is hosting an Open Garden at our Abbotsford Kitchen Garden on Saturday March 16 to share the secrets of growing vegetables at scale in Melbourne.

The Open Gardens Victoria event will show how a former waste ground on VicTrack land has been transformed into a thriving veggie patch alongside Victoria Park railway station.

In addition to tours of the garden which grows carrots, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and sweet potatoes, the day will feature talks and workshops from a line-up of expert speakers.

  • Find out about bees and beekeeping in the urban environment with Honey Fingers’ Nic Dowse.
  • Learn how to grow novel crops, such as sweet potatoes, in your own backyard or balcony, with Dr Chris Williams.
  • Worm Farming and composting – find out how to manage organic waste in a small area with Helena Buxton.
  • Food Waste Reduction – learn about an innovative new way of transforming food waste into  nutrient-rich organic fertiliser with Aaron Moynes.
  • Find out what’s happening locally with urban agriculture and food waste avoidance with City of Yarra’s  Eloise Lobsey.
  • Learn about accessing disused urban sites for community gardens  with Merrin Layden from 3000acres.

There will be seeds and cuttings to get you started, garden products and coffee, not to mention scones baked in the FareShare kitchen with our home-made jam. Garden Girl Elisabeth Kingman will also be there with her stunning Veggie and Herb Planting Guide for Victoria.

For more details please visit Open Gardens Victoria here.