What’s that up there? A plane? A bird? No, it’s a rooftop sky farm. Yep, Melbourne is about to get a 2000-square-metre public farm on a rooftop.
The farm will be built on top of a CBD car park as part of a new $450 million Seafarers’ development coming to Melbourne’s Northbank. Melbourne Skyfarm will include a working public farm with orchards and rooftop honey supplies, as well as a few dining options, an environmental education centre, a playground for kids and even conference spaces for CBD workers.
The site will look directly over the Yarra River and be a nice inner-city oasis for Melburnians. It aims to be an educational venue as well as a place to kick back and hang out, with plans to run workshops on growing fresh produce, incorporating greenery into everyday life and heaps more.
Melbourne Skyfarm a joint project between environmental conservation organisation Odonata, urban farming company Biofilta and the Sustainable Landscape Company. They’ve also received funding from the Melbourne and Convention Exhibition Centre and the City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Fund, a $1.2 million project aimed at making Melbourne greener.
The site is set to open in late 2020.