La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus is renowned for its abundance of green space including The Patch. During La Trobe’s 50th Anniversary, The Patch will be upgraded reflecting a renewed focus on education, sustainability, and community supported by the development of a small education and workshopping facility and native food forest. The patch is a student-run initiative.
The project will see the pursuit of a workshop and educational space, complete with outdoor furniture, kitchen, glasshouse and off-grid solar power. An attractive food forest showcasing the culinary and medicinal uses of native Australian plants will also be established.
Once complete, The Patch will organise monthly events hosted by a variety of Melbourne organisations including educational workshops on sustainability, gardening and cooking. It also hopes to provide a new, attractive facility for La Trobe University staff, clubs, and societies to host their own events.
The Patch’s glasshouse was installed in late 2016 and its outdoor furniture is currently being built by Lifeskills. The Patch holds gardening bees every Wednesday from 3pm until 6pm and its team frequently host workshops centred on topics of environment and sustainability. The Patch’s team also liaises regularly with departments within the University to ensure the longevity of the project. The Patch recently organised a fungi expert to come to the University to show La Trobians how to grow mushrooms! In a heart-warming start to the winter season, The Patch made their own shiitake logs and learnt how to identify wild mushrooms. The Patch has started their Bushfood Patch design by catching up with their friends at the University’s Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the local bushfood grown on campus. In the coming months, The Patch will complete the design and organise various planting days and working bees to make the design a reality.
Please check back for more details about the progress of this project and the official open date of The Patch.
You can also follow The Patch on Facebook.
For the upcoming Bushfoods Planting Day at The Patch, please, see the Events page here for more information.