Melburnians get rooftop farm and bar

Skyfarm rooftop garden

Imagine sipping on a deliciously fresh, frothy cold one, overlooking the Melbourne skyline, cradled in the lap of a lush rooftop garden built as a temple of eco-conscious design and biodiversity in the city.

In a move that is making the rest of Australia green with envy, Melbourne, which arguably claims to be the culture capital of Australia, is set to gain a restaurant, bar as part of the new $3 million Skygarden rooftop venture launched in Melbourne last week.

Skyfarm is led by the irrepressible sustainability advocate and developer Brendan Condon – check out his The Cape housing estate at Cape Paterson, 130 kilometres south east of Melbourne. 

And Brendan says he was inspired  – and generously advised – by the shining example of New York City’s Brooklyn Grange, which pioneered the rooftop farming concept. 

Skyfarm will donate food to Oz Harvest, and includes a nursery and educational resources for schools and anyone else who wants to learn about growing food and plants – especially in a city environment – and to cap it off, a place for fun with events space, a 90 seat restaurant and bar. 

Read the article by Tina Perinotto and Jan Fisher on The Fifth Estate. 

“Melbourne loves bars and we are expecting people to come in droves” – Sally Capp on Skyfarm