‘Edible, medicinal or cultural’: first Indigenous rooftop farm opens in Sydney
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.
The 2,000 native plants in the garden have flourished in the eight weeks since they were first planted. Warrigal greens, ruby and seaberry saltbush, river mint, finger lime, native raspberries, lilly pilly, grevillea and thyme honey-myrtle are among the 30 different types of bush foods enjoying the sunshine four storeys up.