KABUU is a start-up micro-enterprise. They are ecological urban farmers in training, committed to growing sustainably and supplying locals with local food. They run a micro-nursery and grow vegetables, herbs and baby salads. Their specialty is growing organic soil block seedlings for home gardeners and farms. They also sell a range of microgreens and edible flowers for eating.
KABUU's seedlings are mostly produced using the soil block method, which removes the need for any container, vessel or plastic pots. As well as reducing wastage, this means that the seedlings neither get root-bound nor suffer shock when transplanting. They grow organically using only approved certified organic inputs. Their seedlings are non-GMO, open pollinated varieties from certified organic seed and stock. Their nurseries are at Eltham (Monsalvat) and Research.
The Natural Food Market sells healthy foods, with a focus on whole foods. Produce is sourced as locally as possible, with a focus on seasonality and freshness. They stock both organically certified produce, as well as produce that follows the similar principles (including no preservatives, no added sugar, no numbers, ethically produced, and clear labelling of where it is grown or produced) but has not been certified.
The range of food includes: fresh, seasonal, organically certified fruit and vegetables; dried goods (pulses, wholegrains, seeds, nuts and dried fruits); various flours; teas & coffees, spreads & condiments; both gluten and gluten-free breads; and refrigerated cabinets full of dairy, tofu, meats & drinks (such as kombucha).
There are no plastic bags in the shop and customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. There is a boomerang bags dispenser for those who've forgotten to bring their own.
The Mushroom Shed is a local grower of swiss brown and white mushrooms and also provide 'grow your own' kits for people who want to grow their own mushrooms at home. They also do a wide range of herb and veggie seedlings, in pots/punnets - concentrating on heritage and unusual varieties, with over 40 varieties of heritage tomato seedlings available in Spring. You can see Mark and Helen at farmers' markets both locally and in other Melbourne suburbs. As a small producer, they sell only direct to the customer via farmers' markets (no wholesale), giving the customer ultimate freshness and an opportunity to talk directly with the grower.