Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival Bookings are now open!

Bookings are now open for the 2019 Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival! The festival runs from 4 – 19 May 2019 in a celebration of home food-growing traditions from around the world. There are four new gardens included in this year’s program, as well as old favourites to get you inspired to grow your own fresh healthy food. Our talented hosts … Read More

Community Gardens unpacked at the Sustainable Food Leaders Forum 6 March, 2019

We had 20 passionate community members join us for a great evening of discussion and networking at the Community Garden themed Sustainable Food Leaders Forum on Wednesday 6 March, 2019 The forum was an opportunity to have groups discuss and share their different approach and experiences. We had a good cross section of current community garden members, those looking to … Read More

Darebin ‘Café to Garden’ Program diverts coffee grounds from landfill

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

Backyard Harvest Festival is being held from 4 – 19 May

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

Food Growing and Darebin Wildlife and Creek Reserves

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

FREE additives for your home compost and garden from Cortado Coffee Roasters!

Alex from Cortado Coffee Roasters, Unit 23/327 Mansfield Street (within the M & M Business Park, cnr of Mansfield St and Matisi St, Thornbury) has excess coffee husks and hessian bags in relatively small quantities, and is keen for interested gardeners or community gardens to come and pick them up from his premises. If you are interested, you will need … Read More

Case Study – Sylvester Hive Community Garden

A fun day was had by local residents, teachers and students at the launch of the Sylvester Hive Community Garden launch on the grounds of the Pavilion School on Saturday 26 November 2016. Our very special guest Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia generously shared his insights and experiences on how growing food can bring both gardeners and non-gardeners together through the … Read More

2016 Backyard Harvest Festival a Hit with Home Food Gardeners!

The Spring Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival has just wrapped up with visitors enjoying a fascinating variety of private food gardens and workshop topics delivered by our talented hosts: Robbie, Elena, Lee, Fotios, Effy, Damian, Steve, Georgia, Luigi, Emanuela, Kat, Kim, Angelo, George, Marika, Antonis, Michael, Dru, Maya, Jessamy and Harry. We can’t thank you enough for your generous contribution. Opening … Read More

Participate in ‘Watch my Waste’ Food Waste Research

Eating out can be such a waste! Australian foodservice businesses such as restaurants and cafes produce over 250,000 tonnes of food waste every year that ends up in landfill. This generates approximately  400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2 equivalents) a year. RMIT University’s nation-wide Watch My Waste is innovative research from RMIT University into food waste in Australian foodservice businesses. The … Read More