Refugee Food Gardens

Edible Plants within 4 weeks


WaterUps Emergency Food Bed – helping recovering efforts with fresh greens

The WaterUps Emergency Food Bed™ supports emergency relief efforts by enabling refugees and other disrupted communities to create vital food gardens quickly and easily – within four weeks.

It’s the perfect, proven, ready-to-go garden bed that can be airlifted into an emergency or recovering environment to enable greater sustainability, self-sufficiency, quality of life and improved health and nutrition.

Made in Australia and sold direct to registered aid organisations and approved community organisations for the lowest possible cost.

World-leading Wicking Technology

The solution incorporates our world-leading wicking technology to water plants from underneath, via an inlet pipe on top of the garden bed, a water reservoir in the base and perlite that wicks water to the soil above. There is also an overflow pipe to remove excess water and avoid water logging.

This planter will also capture rainwater, reducing watering requirements.

For environments already grappling with water shortages, it uses the minimal amount of water for the maximum result.

Massive Water Savings – Better Crops

This WaterUps wicking beds uses 80% of the water of top-down watering or irrigation systems, because the water is drawn up to the roots where it is most beneficial to the plant. By so doing, it creates the optimal growing environment, more resilient plants, and boosts plant growth and yield by at least 30%.

Dirty water can be added to reservoir without coming in contact with leafy greens. Dirty water is used by plants and pathogens are broken down by by soil biota.

This makes it a highly suitable solution for refugee gardens.

Timber Raised Garden Beds featuring WaterUps Wicking technology to save on watering

Use for these Emergency Situations

WaterUps Emergency Food Bed has been designed to help communities recover from emergencies that either destroy local food supplies or result in displaced people living in refugee camps or similar situations, such as:

  • Disaster zones caused by:
    • Volcano Eruptions Ash Residues
    • Floods
    • Bushfires
    • Earthquakes
  • Refugee and boarder camps (People fleeing war, persecution or climate-induced evacuation)

The WaterUps Emergency Food Bed provides a productive and therapeutic activity for people suffering from trauma.

Size and Capacity

Measuring 1350 x 1350 x 500 the WaterUps Emergency Food Bed is a compact, all-in-one unit that uses the benefits of wicking to grow vegetables, salad greens and small fruit trees more quickly.

The WaterUps Wicking reservoir and cells are made from 100% recycled plastic and are fully enclosed in a custom unit. They can be prefilled with soil or delivered empty for local soil and coconut fibre to be added. Each bed holds 155 lt of water and 450lt soil (approx. weight when full of soil and water 675kg).

What’s Included in the Package

  • 1 x The WaterUps Emergency Food Bed made from 100% recycled plastic
  • 9 x compressed blocks Coconut Fibre – to help enhance the soil through aeration and moisture maximisation
  • 4 x 100 Converte Liquid Plant Food (enough to last 12 months)
  • 1 x Tumbleweed Worm Buffet – to breakdown food waste to reuse


Depending on bio-security issues, the pods can have soil and seedlings pre-sown. Water just needs to be added when on the ground. Alternatively, communities that receive the WaterUps Emergency Food Bed can use soil dug up from their surrounds (if suitable) or purchase garden soil packs from an in-country provider. Due to quarantine regulations in most cases local seeds / seedlings will need to be sourced. Communities will be able to compost their food waste to use in the planter to enhance the soil overtime.



The WaterUps Emergency Food Bed is an innovative, long-lasting and robust solution that can easily be palletised and transported anywhere across the globe to help communities with local food supplies and nutrients.


Refugee gardens provide vital nutrients to displaced communities

Sponsor Opportunities for Refugee Food Gardens

This ready-to-go garden kit will provide aid organisations with a practical way to spearhead fund-raising appeal efforts via the general public or other donors.

It’s a solution that will be able to be freighted in and make an impact within weeks. It is a solution that carries hope.