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Event Details
Location:
107 Projects Rooftop Garden
(Bobby Fry, Redfern Continental)
Date: Sat 12, Dec
Time: 12pm
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Event Details
Location:
107 Projects Rooftop Garden
(Bobby Fry, Redfern Continental)
Date: Sat 12, Dec
Time: 12pm
View on map

Produce from the garden:

Bananas, mulberries, herbs + edible flowers, sugarbag honey.

Charcuterie board- a selection of European meats, chicken liver parfait, pickled vegetables from the garden plus heirloom tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and Iggys bread.



Beef carpaccio, ocean trout carpaccio with pickled fennel, pink peppercorns, Grilled asparagus with sauce gribeche.



Pork belly with shaved fennel salad, Barramundi with green beans, tomatoes, olives



Pannacotta with fresh fruit, rooftop honey and biscotti



2014 Cake Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
James Squire - Hop Thief Pale Ale


Kirsten Bradley
(107 projects, gardener)

Produce from the garden:

Bananas, mulberries, herbs + edible flowers - maybe some sugarbag honey one day too

With a rather urban-scenic view of tin-roofs, city streets and the bustling Redfern skyline, this rooftop garden is brimming with it's own personality and vibrant edible produce. Created by Milkwood Permaculture, the garden is atop 107 Projects, a community arts hub and melting point for creativity. We sat down with Kirsten from Milkwood to give us the low-down on the garden:

Briefly describe the history of the garden.

The 107 Rooftop garden began last Spring, when the 107 Projects creative community took the lease on the upstairs of this building - designed + implemented by Milkwood, we held a community event to haul literally tonnes of soil up to the roof with buckets and 50 fabulous volunteers, all in one morning. Since last spring, the garden has been planted with all sorts of edible awesomeness and provides multiple examples of small-space organic growing.

What is your specialty?

Showcasing urban permaculture design in the form of a super productive edible garden in a rented space.

List the full range of produce that you have grown or that is available.

Vegetables of all types, bananas, mulberries, herbs + edible flowers - maybe some sugarbag honey one day too. We don’t eat the goldfish in our aquaponics setup though :)

What are some of the challenges you face in keeping the garden thriving?

Rooftops are exposed environments - there's a lot of sun + wind, and working with that while making a beautiful green space for the building's artists + visitors is a challenge.
 
Why do you help out in the garden?

We've created this space for the community and for people to come learn how to grow their own.

Why do you think community gardens are important?

Community gardens are vital. They create community, quite literally, and are always a welcoming space for newcomers. They're a valuable chance in suburbia to get your hands into good soil. They also act as seed banks and genetic vaults for so many, many gardens all around - if your yacon (or whatever) dies, you can probably get a bit more at the community garden. They're also repositories of knowledge in place - what grows well, right where you live. Such incredibly important knowledge + resources for any community.
 
What can people do to help out in the garden or even start one in their own homes...what are your 3 best tips?

Start on your windowsill with a small pot or two, and work up from there. Be realistic - figure out where you best growing space is, and grow something that likes that microclimate. If you have no outdoor space, or no sun, join a community garden and share your available gardening energy with others.

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