Airgarden: New Gardening System Revolutionises Urban Farming in Brookfield

What do the Manly Boathouse and the Wild Canary restaurant in Brookfield have in common? They both use Airgarden, a revolutionary gardening technology that enables restaurants to give diners an authentic garden-to-table experience. Simple, sustainable, zero-waste.

Airgarden, one of the latest and most advanced gardening systems in the industry, is a vertical and soil-less system that can grow up to five times as many produce at three times the speed, using 95 percent less water than the average patch of vegetables. 

The system was introduced by Brisbane entrepreneurs Prue and Tom Bauer, making use of ‘aeroponics,’  technology that scientists at the National Aeronautics Space Administration in the United States use to grow crops in space. 

Aeroponics revolves around growing plants in an environment laden with mist and air rich with nutrients. No soil is necessary, as the seeds are planted in pieces of foam or pots exposed to light and mist. 

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What gives it an edge over other systems is how it only takes up one square metre of space, making it the perfect size for someone’s balcony, patio, and other small and tight-fitting outdoor spaces. 

Airgarden first launched amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Because it enables people to grow large numbers of crops in such a short span of time, Airgarden has become the perfect system for restaurants such as Brookfield’s Wild Canary to grow food for their restaurant’s use, revolutionising the urban gardening scene and giving diners a true urban farm-to-fork experience.. 

At Wild Canary, people are free to pick only what they need without harming the environment in any way, creating zero-waste recipes that deliver food straight from the garden and onto the dining table. The cafe’s naturalistic focus lets customers unwind in a botanical bistro with a beautiful garden setting, with ingredients grown using Airgarden. 

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Despite the system’s use across the country, it still requires additional funding if it is to develop and grow to become a household name in the industry. Those interested in learning more about Airgarden and assisting with their crowdfunding campaign can do so via their website.

Wild Canary can be found at 2371 Moggill Rd, Brookfield, open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit their website here. Follow their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and announcements concerning the restaurant. 

Brookfield’s Wild Canary Goes On The Road For the First Time

Right smack in the middle of Brookfield Garden Centre lies the Wild Canary Cafe. Established in 2014, the cafe has gained an excellent reputation amongst the area’s discriminating regulars. This week, the Wild Canary Cafe will have their first on-the-road event in the Lockyer Valley at 9Dorf Farms on 26th August, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The Event

Witness how your food goes from the farm to your fork. See the farmers in action and enjoy delicious lunch sourced from the surrounds at the historic Grantham Butter Factory. Engage with the farmers and learn more about their lives, their products and their work. You can also buy the produce and take it home for you to cook on your own.

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The Cafe

Wild Canary is a botanical bistro owned by Scott and Robin McLay. Every morning before they open, you will spot their head chef Glen Barratt and head gardener Alex Robinson picking up fresh herbs and spices that they will use for their food service.

The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. Check out their Pork belly croquettes, Bauer’s organic sweet corn, beans, watercress, confit garlic, sourdough & free range poached egg.

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You will also love their Pecan Fed Free Range Pork Burger with grilled pineapple, cos, tomato, cheddar, slaw, chipotle aioli, onion rings & chips.

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Their lunch is delicious with their organic chicken terrine with tomato chutney and green salad or their Chermoula Gold Coast tiger prawns with pineapple tabouli and lime.

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The farm tour and food experience for a full day costs $165 whilst those who wish to have lunch only will only have to pay $140.

Tickets are limited. For more details about the event and to book, click here.