The Indigenous-run enterprise is more than a green space – it will provide community opportunities as well as bush foods. "Effectively what you’re looking at is a big pot.” Clarence Slockee and Christian Hampson are showing us around the Yerrabingin Indigenous rooftop farm, the 500-square-metre garden they have created on the rooftop of a Mirvac office block, smack bang in the middle of Sydney’s Eveleigh industrial park. It’s the first of its kind in Australia but they hope not the last.
Much of the farm produce will go to local chefs and restaurateurs, who will be encouraged to forage in the garden. It will also be open to the community and Slockee and Hampson hope it will inspire the locals to grow plants in whatever space they have available.
But this garden is more than just a green space. There will be sustainability workshops on topics like native permaculture design, pickling and preserving produce, making beeswax wraps and introduction to bush foods in the garden, while Slockee and Hampsonare will also work with local schools on their environmental and science projects.