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

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

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: www.reboxco.com.au or call Francis on 0439 368 018 or email enquiries@reboxco.com.au        

Pip Australian Permaculture Magazine

Pip is the magazine for the Australian permaculture community. It is the place for people and groups to connect and share ideas, knowledge and experience, and stay in touch with what is happening around Australia. Access the on-line version of the magazine here.

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

Darebin Urban Food Production Strategy, Implementation Plan and Communal Food Garden Assessment Guidelines

Communal Food Garden Assessment Guidelines – updates June 2016 Darebin Council adopted its first Urban Food Production (UFP) Strategy in August 2014. The purpose of the strategy is to outline how Council can guide and support the development of local food systems in Darebin to result in a greater capacity across the community to make healthy and sustainable food choices. 2014 … Read More

Northcote Library Food Garden and Darebin Council MoU

The Northcote Library Food Garden (NLFG) and Darebin Council collaborated to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which has been in place since August 2013. The MoU has been useful for both Council and the NLFG group to understand the expectations, roles and responsibilities each party has in the management and operation of the garden. The NLFG is an excellent … Read More

NLFG Gardening Workshop Notes

The Northcote Library Food Garden was pleased to be part of the 2013 Sustainable Living Festival.  We welcomed extra visitors to our usual Community Gardening Day in February and ran a series of workshops that were well attended. Notes from our ‘Starting a Wormfarm‘ and ‘Planning for Autumn Food Gardening‘ workshops appear now on the NLFG’s blog.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a holistic design system that emulates systems that exist in Nature to create sustainable human settlements and food production systems which integrate harmoniously with the natural environment. It was co-founded by Australian ecologists Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970′s. The word “Permaculture” is a contraction of “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture.” Permaculture is a movement concerned … Read More