PepperGreen Farm

PepperGreen Farm

Enterprise name PepperGreen Farm

What’s the trading activity

PepperGreen Farm (PGF), is a social enterprise of WISE Employment, (formerly Access Australia Group), located at 40 Thunder Street, North Bendigo. PGF has been developed as a tourist and employment precinct, providing tourist attractions and experiences to visitors and the community, school programs, environmental practices and workshops, horticulture, and a range of biodiversity activities.

The site is home to the oldest Chinese kiln outside of Asia, the original Chinese Market gardens of Bendigo and the historical manure shed.

Here at PepperGreen Farm we’re passionate about growing fresh produce and showcasing the culture and heritage unique to Central Victoria. Fresh produce from the PGF garden isn’t just available for purchase but also used as ingredients for relishes and products sold in our retail space and as ingredients for yummy treats and meals from our cafe. 

Set on a historic significant, two hectare site close to the heart of Bendigo, PepperGreen Farm offers a range of enriching experiences for visitors. Enjoy something to eat outside surrounded by the gardens and activity at the Farm or inside in our cafe area, or for something different, sit in the historical tram to enjoy your meal.

Plenty of onsite parking is available or visitors can catch the Bendigo tram or public bus which have stops just outside of the Farm entrances. The Farm is a short walk from Lake Weeroona and Bendigo’s historic Joss House. 

Every farm visitor adds to the vibrancy and sense of community of PepperGreen Farm, thereby enriching the lives of all who work here. We appreciate your support!

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses? PepperGreen Farm supports a range of people through targeted education, employment and community programs. In 2023, Access Australia Group merged with WISE Employment an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering the community through employment. Find out more about the merger here.




Enterprise name MADCOW

What’s the trading activity MADCOW provides a range of services that provide ongoing support to those that are most vulnerable in Bendigo. Our social enterprise arm provides cleaning, gardening and community support services to the NDIS, Aged Care, commercial and domestic clients in the Bendigo region It also provides employment and training opportunities for Karen refugees. Profits from our social enterprise provide a range of services to those sleeping rough or at risk of becoming homeless.

What’s the social or environmental cause your enterprise addresses? MADCOW stands for Make A Difference, Change our World and exists to break the cycle of generational injustice. To help prevent family breakdown and homelessness. We are a self-funded social enterprise and registered charity. Our profits support our homeless services in the heart of Bendigo.