A public rooftop car park has transformed into a urban farm in the Melbourne CBD.
Works on Skyfarm, formerly a 2000 square metre rooftop car park, are expected to continue for another 12 months.
When complete it will feature sustainable and contemporary hospitality sites, environmental education as well as business conference facilities and event spaces.
Skyfarm (pictured) has taken over the rooftop of an old Melbourne CBD car park and is set produce over five tonne of fruit and vegetables each year, donating excess to local charities
The farm features sustainable and contemporary hospitality sites, environmental education as well as business conference facilities and event spaces
It will have the capacity to produce more than five tonnes of fresh produce each year, much of which will be donated to food charity OzHarvest.
Melbourne Skyfarm is the brainchild of a group of leading Melbourne-based sustainability companies including urban farming company Biofilta, The Sustainable Landscape Company and nature regeneration and protection group Odonata.
Experts have worked to make every aspect of the urban farm as sustainable as possible.
Urban farms like Skyfarm have become popular with the eco-conscious as a great way to reduce emissions, increase food security and make fresh fruit and vegetables available in metropolitan areas
The new urban farm was been funded as part of the City of Melbourne Urban Forest FundT
The plants will be grown to maximise water storage and aeration, water run off will be caught and re-used, and a 100m squared plot will be reserved for growing vegetables for local food charities.
Urban farms like Skyfarm have gained popularity with eco-conscious people as a great way for cities to reduce their carbon footprint.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, urban agriculture is practiced by 800 million people worldwide and is continuing to grow.
Urban farming also has the perks of increasing food security and enhancing access to fresh fruit and vegetables in metropolitan areas.
The Forest Fund aims to make Melbourne a more sustainable and eco-friendly city
The Skyfarm has received support from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and City of Melbourne Urban Forest Fund.
The City of Melbourne Urban Forest Fund was created by the council with the aim to: adapt Melbourne to climate change, increase the city’s water sensitivity, create healthier ecosystems and engage the community throughout the process.
The Fund has a list of specific goals such as increasing canopy cover in the city from 22 per cent to 40 per cent by 2040 and increasing forest diversity by five per cent.