We’ve created a draft of the Open Space Strategy and we wanted you to be one of the first to hear about it. In March 2018, we asked you how you use and value your open space. Based on this information, we’ve developed a draft Open Space Strategy and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it. This is a … Read More
The ‘Café to Garden’ program enables residents to pick up coffee grounds from participating Darebin businesses to take home and add to home compost and worm farms. Some of these businesses are happy for customers/residents to pick up other organic food waste, and at Red Bean Coffee you can pick up coffee husks and hessian bags as well as coffee grounds. … Read More
The Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions, and gives residents the opportunity to learn from passionate and knowledgeable local food experts from a diversity of cultures. The festival involved opening home food gardens for tours and workshops, to help build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food. To enable festival goers to experience … Read More
DIVRS’s ‘Fruit Squad’ were featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia on Friday 23 March, 2018! Martin O’Callaghan and the Fruit Squad volunteers did a fantastic job telling the inspiring story of redistributing healthy fresh fruit to those in need, building a sense of community and avoiding food waste. See the complete episode below.
It was with great excitement that volunteers from DIVRS’s Urban Food Program who volunteer for the Darebin Fruit Squad attended Sustainable Cities, Keep Victoria Beautiful, awards night at the Collingwood Town Hall last month. ‘Each year the Sustainable Cities program encourages and celebrates the achievements of metropolitan communities across the state who develop and run programs that contribute to a … Read More
Darebin has nationally, regionally and locally significant heritage sites which host significant populations of endangered species. These sites are vulnerable to invasion by exotic (non-indigenous) species, including the seeds of domestic food gardens, which compete for space, nutrients and sunlight. The Communal Food Garden Assessment Guidelines state that natural conservation areas such as creek banks and native grasslands are not … Read More
Darebin is looking to create a new communal food growing site in Darebin in 2018/19. Examples of communal food sites Council has funded in recent years include Sylvester Hive Community Garden (on the grounds of the Pavilion School) in Preston and the All Nations Kitchen Garden in All Nations Park, Northcote (pictured). The key to these gardens success is the … Read More
DIVRS Urban Food Social Enterprise is up and running with its third farmer’s market stall this Saturday 24th June. We will be selling heritage varieties of this season’s seedlings; broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce and kale, as well as apple trees and succulents. Come along to Coburg North Primary School, 180 O’Hea Street, and say hi!