Kangaroo Island

A new market hub, The Backyard Project, is launching in KI

A new market hub, The Backyard Project is launching on Kangaroo Island creating a unique pop-up space that welcomes businesses to manifest.

A new market hub, The Backyard Project, is coming to Kangaroo Island creating a unique pop-up space that welcomes businesses to manifest.

Located in the Kingscote Wharf precinct, The Backyard Project utilises five customised 40ft shipping containers. The new ‘sheltered’ Market Square will become a semi-permanent space that will host day markets to twilight markets and pop-up events in between.

Local businesses will be able to grow within the containers’ stall spaces, and deliver the Island an asset which allows the community to come together after the devastation of the 2019/20 bushfires and COVID-19.

The Backyard Project is being launched by the Kingscote Farmers and Artisan Markets Inc.(KFAM), with funding support from BizRebuild and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

It is developed to activate and invigorate the Kingscote Wharf area where the Markets relocated to at the end of 2020.

With thanks to Bickford’s Group for allowing the Markets temporary use of their land, The Backyard Project will deliver multiple community and economic benefits to Kangaroo Island.

It will ensure the Kingscote Farmers and Artisan Markets continue to develop as a tourism attraction while allowing local producers and creators to have a semi-permanent base to grow and flourish near the heart of the Island’s main town.

Of the five shipping containers, one will house the KFAM run bar showcasing local beverages as well as a community table for sharing and redistributing excess produce from local gardens and the “all-important” storage space.

Meanwhile the market square’s four other modified containers will each consist of four 2.9m x 2.9m rentable stall spaces which have been designed specifically with removable dividing walls.

This is to facilitate flexibility of the containers and to allow the local businesses to grow and take on more stall spaces as they grow and develop over time.

The Kingscote Farmers and Artisan Market Committee is now formally seeking Expressions of Interest from local businesses interested in leasing 1 or more stallholder spaces for their business/es in ‘The Backyard Project’.

For all project enquires and stallholder space Expressions of Interest you can email: [email protected]


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