FareShare Open Day, Tours and Mini-Workshops

2–6 Lulie Street, Abbotsford

Saturday 16 March, 2019

(between Victoria Park Railway Station and Victoria Park Oval)

10.00am - 4.30pm

Entry $8  Students $5  Under 18 free

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FareShare grows food, rescues food that would otherwise go to waste, and cooks it all into free nutritious meals for people in need.

The story of FareShare (in brief) is outlined below. Please also go to: https://www.fareshare.net.au

This will be the first event at FareShare being held jointly by Open Gardens Victoria, 3000acres and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund.

There will be a huge variety of activities associated with this event, including renowned guest speakers and guided tours.

The day’s program includes six speakers who will discuss the following topics at times throughout the day (please refer to the Schedule of Events in Garden Notes via the PDF link below) including:

  • Honey Fingers: Bees and Beekeeping in the Urban Environment (Presenter: Nic Dowse)
    Times: 10.20, 11.45, 1.45
  • Sweet Potatoes and Novel Crops – Incl. cuttings for people to take home. (Presenter: Dr Chris Williams)
    Times: 10.45, 12.45, 2.45
  • Worm Farming – How to deal with organic waste in a small space and its role in composting
    (Presenter: Helena Buxton)  Times: 11.25, 1.20
  • Urban agriculture and food waste avoidance – Programs in the City of Yarra
    (Presenter: Eloise Lobsey)  Times: 11.00, 2.30
  • Accessing disused urban sites for the creation of community gardens
    (Presenter: Merrin Layden, 3000acres) Time: 1.00
  • Food Waste Reduction – Transforming food waste into nutrient-rich organic fertiliser
    (Presenter: Aaron Moynes)  Time: 12.15

This event will also include hourly guided tours throughout the Fareshare Garden with Sharni Jansen, Garden Program Manager, at: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30.

A coffee van will be selling fresh scones baked in the local FareShare kitchen with our own home-made raspberry jam, and cream at the Open Day. 

About FareShare


A society where food is not wasted and no one goes hungry.


  • Rescue food that would otherwise be wasted.
  • Cook and distribute nutritious meals to people in need.
  • Inspire and empower action on food rescue and hunger.

Around four million Australians experience food insecurity while as much as $20 billion worth of food is wasted.

FareShare tackles the tragedy head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses and cooking it into nutritious meals.

In Melbourne, with the help of 900 regular volunteers, FareShare cooks more than 5,000 free meals a day for charities such as soup vans, homeless shelters, women’s refuges and community food banks.

FareShare helps avoid food waste and diverts surplus, edible food from landfill. This reduces greenhouse pollution and ensures food produced for humans reaches those who need it most.

Fareshare is a charity and relies on the generosity of philanthropic foundations, businesses and individual donors to rescue food and cook meals.

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting