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

Call for Submissions – Darebin’s next Communal Food Growing Site

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

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

Local business ReBoxCo turns waste timber into planter boxes

Do you need good quality raised vegetable beds / planter boxes? Francis from Darebin business ReBoxCo is turning discarded untreated timber into lovely custom made planter boxes of all shapes and sizes. Francis can work with you to make your dream garden! For more information see: or call Francis on 0439 368 018 or email        

Article on Dealing with Lead in your Garden Soil

This article from the Green Lifestyle Magazine discusses ways to reduce the risk of lead contamination in food grown in urban areas. Lead In Your Garden Soil Words by Emma Bowen Green Lifestyle Our urban backyards are our green havens, but the risk of contaminated soils may change the way we need to garden and live. No doubt you’ve noticed … Read More

Eric Street Garden wins ‘Victoria in Bloom’ award

The Eric Street Garden Project, Coburg won ”Best Common Area Garden” on Tuesday the 21st April. The project was managed by Melbourne City Mission, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services/ Department of Housing, and Darebin Council, from 2013 to 2015. Eric St Garden coordinator Martin O’Callaghan (Urban Food Program Leader at DIVRS), Sue Silk (Project Manager, Melbourne … Read More