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Urban Agriculture Micro-Business Tour

Visit urban agriculture micro-businesses in Melbourne & learn what it takes to get a business growing in the city!

1-day self-guided tour (9.30am – 4.00pm)

Date: In Spring (day to be determined)

from $90
1 day

Book your interest for Spring

Greater Melbourne’s 4.37 million people required about 15,080 tonnes of food per day, about 3.45kg per person. 41% of this food come from Melbourne’s “food bowl”, areas of agricultural land on the fringes of the city. By 2050, Melbourne will require 60% more food, about 24,132 tonnes of food per day, to feed its predicted population of 7 million.*

How do we feed a growing city where urban sprawl is encroaching on productive land? Part of the solution is an increase in urban agricultural projects that harness the power of local communities, use marginal and disused urban land and decentralise food systems.

The CERES Urban Agriculture Micro-Business tour proudly showcases three businesses at the forefront of Melbourne’s slowly-but-surely growing urban agriculture movement. This tour will take you to backyard operations of Spoke & Spade (Heidelberg), the Mushroomery (Alphington) and CERES Microgreens (Preston).

During this self-guided tour, you will learn about the ins and outs of running an urban ag business: crop planning, selling and marketing, tools, business models, growing crops, microgreens and mushrooms, harvesting, troubleshooting issues as they arise and the future plans of the farms.

*Stats from Melbourne’s Food Bowl Report by UniMelb, 2015

What you will learn

  • Ins and outs of running an urban ag businesses
  • Crop planning, selling and marketing, tools, business models
  • Growing crops and mushrooms, harvesting, troubleshooting

What you will get

  • Hands-on experience of preparing a mushroom bucket for growing
  • Knowledge and demonstrations from real urban ag businesses

What to bring

  • Note pad and pen
  • Cash if you’d like to buy any fresh produce at Spoke & Spade
  • Clean rubber gloves for mushroom demonstration

What to wear

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and comfy shoes that can get muddy

Appropriate for

Those interested in starting an Urban Agriculture Micro-Business

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops/tours due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel this event you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the event date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the event date CERES will retain 100% of your paid fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.