City Crop - Lucerne



Moove over corn, it's lucerne's time to shine in the City Crop!

It’s been used to grow wheat to make bread, turned kids into corn farmers and even produced a limited edition craft beer, but 2015 saw Adelaide Botanic Garden’s popular City Crop usher in lucerne as the new plant of choice!

Lucerne – a perennial flowering plant in the pea family – is a vastly important agricultural plant in Australia for grazing and/or hay production (food for cows), and was chosen for the City Crop because of its ability to improve soil nitrogen levels. But you might be more familiar with Lucerne in its other form – as alfalfa sprouts in your salads or sandwiches!

The City Crop – Lucerne program runs until April 2017 and is stacked with activities and events for all ages.

Get the latest on lucerne

You can keep up-to-date with City Crop happenings and regular fascinating posts about Lucerne via the City Crop blog or by subscribing to the City Crop e-newsletter.  

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Previous City Crops

Adelaide Botanic Garden’s City Crop was developed to educate urban communities about the importance of agriculture.

In 2014 City Crop was planted with heirloom sweet corn (True Gold) and, for the first time, children became the farmers, planting and harvesting the crop, getting hands-on in the garden and discovering the joy of growing fresh healthy food.  

In 2013 barley was grown, which was malted by Joe White Maltings and brewed by Lobethal Bierhaus (supported by Coopers) to produce a limited edition craft beer, Botanic Ale.  

In 2012 wheat was sowed and turned into flour, and the bread baked from it was exhibited at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Show.

Thanks to our supporters

Without the help of the following partners we wouldn’t be able to plant, grow, and eat, the City Crop!

  • ElectraNet
  • S & W Seeds
  • Dairy Authority of SA
  • South Australian Dairy Farmers Association

Special thanks to PIRSA for planting the Lucerne crop