As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches across the globe, small businesses of all kinds are facing some big challenges.
The majority of TOPSOIL’s income comes from selling the fresh produce we grow to local restaurants.
With most of our restaurant partners temporarily closed due to public health restrictions, it means our company is facing a lot of uncertainty this year.
But there’s one thing we do know for certain: we’re determined to keep growing fresh food for Victoria, in spite of the obstacles.
So, we’re still planting out our 2020 season crops, and we want to share the harvest with you.
We’ve got two ways to get fresh-grown produce onto your dining table:
- Our on-site Farmers Market, now expanded for 2020 to support other growers who have been disrupted, and,
- An exciting new edible Micro-Garden offer, where you get to have a piece of our farm at your place, with fresh grown produce at your fingertips!
Check out the links below for all the details.
I’m sure you can appreciate we’re navigating unprecedented times, and we may need to alter our approach or as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. I’ll be keeping you up to date on the TOPSOIL website and our Instagram and Facebook channels.
Eat well and stay healthy!
TOPSOIL Founder & Company Director
Local. Fresh. Better.
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.
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.
In 2020 we’re launching a new Micro-Garden offering, inviting the public to become at-home TOPSOIL food farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We deliver a pre-grown mini edible container garden to your door, and you get to have fresh-pickable produce at your fingertips.
The public can also visit our GrowSpace to buy select just-picked produce from our On-Site Market.
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 to see our GrowSpace at Dockside Green take home fresh-picked produce.
What type of food do you grow?
We grow a range of produce including different varieties of gourmet greens and lettuce blends, kale, chard, fragrant basil, and a variety of vegetables like 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.