We launched a UniCycle!

On Wednesday 16th August we were very excited to launch our portable bike kitchen, the Fair Food Unicycle and the lush outdoor vertical garden, the Growroom at the University of Melbourne.

With treats from the University Co-Op and a beautiful tortilla española we made with ingredients from the Melbourne University Farmers market we were able to share local and sustainably sourced food for the event. Faire Ferments Cider were also there serving hot and cold cider sourced locally from the Goulburn Valley. 

The Unicycle is equipped with a two-ring gas burner which we used to make herbal tea with mint and other herbs foraged from The Growroom and the Community Garden.

We served everything using our reusable cups, cutlery and bowls which are hirable by the community to cut down waste at on-campus events. Our event was almost zero waste - it was a delight to wrap up our event and find that our bin system, which has options for organics, soft plastics, recycling and landfill, was nearly empty.

 
The amazing Eleanor and Michael at the helm of the UniCycle 

The amazing Eleanor and Michael at the helm of the UniCycle 

 
 
Fair Food Challenge director Sophie launched the bike and announced the lucky winners of our door prizes 

Fair Food Challenge director Sophie launched the bike and announced the lucky winners of our door prizes 

Guests checking out our lush Growroom 

Guests checking out our lush Growroom 

 

We had a great time chatting to you about holding fair and sustainable events on university campus’, the UniCycle can be used to cut down on waste at events, source fair food or hold cooking demonstrations. Thank-you to the student precinct team, Alex Lawlor and Dr Rachel Carey for launching the bike and for their provoking words about developing fairer food policy and infrastructure on our university campus.

 
Food politics lecturer and researcher Dr Rachel Carey getting a delicious campus-grown herbal tea from one of our star volunteers Eleanor

Food politics lecturer and researcher Dr Rachel Carey getting a delicious campus-grown herbal tea from one of our star volunteers Eleanor

 
 
We loved hearing from the community what they wanted in a Fair Food Uni

We loved hearing from the community what they wanted in a Fair Food Uni

 
 
 
 
Fair Food Challenge is developing a bin system so communities can separate food waste and soft plastics and save them from landfill

Fair Food Challenge is developing a bin system so communities can separate food waste and soft plastics and save them from landfill

 
 
Thanks to everybody who came on down to celebrate the launch!

Thanks to everybody who came on down to celebrate the launch!

 
 
What a view!

What a view!