Imagine if you had the choice …
To eat produce grown in another country, trucked in from miles away and already days old when it gets to your plate, or
To eat produce picked fresh & ripe this morning just a few blocks away.
Which would you rather eat? It’s a no-brainer, right?
However, a large majority of produce consumed in Victoria travels great distances, taking days – and sometimes weeks – to reach our plate. By then it’s lost most of its taste, aroma, texture and nutrients.
There is a better way – grow food where people live.
TOPSOIL grows food in unused urban spaces right here in Victoria. We supply high quality fresh produce to restaurants who want to wow their customers with incredible locally-grown flavour.
Fresh, tasty and delivered minutes after being picked. That’s hard to beat.
TOPSOIL at Dockside Green
Freshly harvested hyper-local produce available to the public.
Come down and check out our ever-changing seasonal veg offerings!
May 1st – Sept 1st, 2019
Mon – Fri 12-6pm
395 Harbour Road (just off the Galloping Goose trail)
- Gourmet Lettuce Mix – $10 large, $5 small
- Kale and Chard bouquet – $5
- Radish and Turnips – $5 per bunch
- Basil – $5 per bunch
- Cucumbers – prices may vary
- Summer squash – prices may vary
How it works
Transform underutilized urban spaces
We occupy urban spaces that would otherwise go unused – like rooftops, or vacant blocks awaiting development – transforming them into productive and profitable agricultural spaces, to create a sustainable, hyper-local food economy.
Grow premium fruits & vegetables
Using innovative, light-footprint gardening technology like geotextile planter containers we can grow a variety of fruit, veggies, salad greens and herbs right in the heart of the city.
Supply chefs with incredible produce
Imagine serving customers food bursting with flavour and aroma that was hand-harvested only a few blocks away. Our fresh produce is delivered straight to restaurant kitchens, within hours of being picked.
High tech, low impact gardens
TOPSOIL runs commercial urban GrowSpaces in Victoria supplying produce directly to local restaurants and the surrounding community.
We use award-winning geotextile containers. They’re easy to set up and move, and keep the soil contained and tidy. Automated watering systems keep plants hydrated with minimal water use.
Our garden systems are lightweight and inner-city friendly – ideal to set up on just about any surface including balconies, patios, vacant lots and undeveloped land.
Because there’s no fixed structures or loose soil everywhere, our gardens can be easily arranged to suit the requirements of each space, and are completely removable when required.
Restaurants can wow diners with dishes featuring the unparalleled flavour, texture and aromas of super-fresh, locally-grown produce.
TOPSOIL uses ZERO chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, ensuring the highest quality produce.
Our food gardens are aestheically attractive and contribute to positive urban renewal – less bare concrete, more leafy greenery.
The food-safe containers we use for delivery are collected, washed and reused weekly.
We use an electric vehicle for most of our deliveries.
You deserve to know exactly what you’re eating and where it came from. Our “in-sight in-mind” approach embraces open transparency about how we grow our food.
Taste the difference #topsoileatlocal
Where can I find TOPSOIL produce?
TOPSOIL operates a business-to-business model, supplying premium produce directly to kitchens of select Victoria restaurants. If you want to eat our produce and sample great local food, pay a visit to one of our Restaurant Partners.
The public can also visit our GrowSpace to buy select just-picked produce from our On-Site Market (12-6pm weekdays from May 1st – Sept 1st, 2019)
Can I visit TOPSOIL at Dockside Green?
Chefs/restaurants and building owners interested in becoming TOPSOIL Partners, or members of the media can contact us to arrange a visit to TOPSOIL at Dockside Green to see our operation in action.
The public can visit our On-Site Market and take home some fresh-picked produce (12-6pm weekdays from May 1st – Sept 1st, 2019)
We’ll be running tours for the general public and other events throughout the summer – the best way to stay in the loop for tours and special events is to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What type of food do you grow?
Our 2019 season will be focused on different varieties of gourmet greens and lettuce blends, kale and chard. Delicious and fragrant basil, along with a variety of different cucumbers, summer squash, radishes and turnips.
Is TOPSOIL certified organic?
TOPSOIL operates using organic and natural growing principles. There are absolutely zero chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides used in our production. It’s not our priority to become officially certified “Organic” – we’re currently more focused on investing our resources into providing the highest quality, freshest hyper-local food possible for Victoria.
Transparency is a guiding principle for TOPSOIL. Our goal is to bring the growing process into the city so you have the ability to come down and certify our practices for yourselves.