Melbourne Skyfarm helping those in need
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to be a partner of Melbourne Skyfarm, which has harvested and donated a total of 650 kilograms of produce (8,840 servings of veggies) to MCEC’s food charity partner OzHarvest, since the first planting at the urban farm in September 2021.
Melbourne Skyfarm is still under construction, but the urban farming component has been operational for over 6 months. The urban farmers have been growing, harvesting, and donating food to OzHarvest on a regular basis, assisted by some great volunteers from MCEC.
With the rising cost of living, OzHarvest has seen those who require their help multiply, the sharpest increase has happened this year in April and May.
The Melbourne Skyfarm project is transforming the 2,000 square metre rooftop of MCEC’s Siddeley Street car park, into a thriving farm with sustainable and contemporary dining, education and event spaces.
Melbourne designed and manufactured Foodcube wicking beds are being used for vegetable and herb production, while a number are also being used as planters for fruit trees as well as flowers, herbs, climbers, biodiversity plantings and pollinator attractor plants.
Comparing the price of the produce to the price of fruit, vegetables and herbs at Coles online, Melbourne Skyfarm uses this metric to reflect the actual retail value of the produce paid by the public.
The crops grown so far include beetroot, snow peas, coriander, basil, silver beet, rainbow chard, lettuce, kale, rosemary, sage, thyme, radish, cauliflower, Bok choy, carrots, parsley, sorrel, mint, chillies and apples.
Melbourne Skyfarm is a collaboration between MCEC and three Melbourne-based sustainability companies, Biofilta, The Sustainable Landscape Company and Odonata Foundation, backed by ethical investors, to transform a 2000 square meter rooftop car park into an urban farm and environmental oasis in the heart of the city.
Each year, MCEC improves its sustainability performance through measurable and achievable changes to operations. This includes eliminating single-use plastic, working to divert 90 per cent of their waste from landfill by 2025, aiming to source 100 per cent of their power from renewable sources by 2028, and achieving net zero emissions by 2030.
Find out more about Melbourne Skyfarm here.