Plot-holders have been protesting the closures at Collingwood Children's Farm (Image: Supplied, Facebook)

"I've lived in Abbotsford for 40 years... my dad used to farm here, I filled his gumboots, my children do now..."

"Six years farming here... before, I had come off the path; now, I'm back on a path..."

In the biting wind coming off the bend of the Yarra, a hundred or so gardeners, supporters and old lags -- and a few curious joggers -- were gathered last Saturday morning outside the community garden of the Collingwood Children's Farm to talk about growing stuff on small plots in the midst of a big city.