Northcote Community Gardens

Contact:  E-mail:

Who we are:  The Northcote Community Gardens provide a productive growing space for members of the Darebin community to grow food and learn about sustainable gardening practices, including how to grow indigenous / local plants in an urban environment.

What we do:  We supply individual garden beds for planting and harvesting, and have a monthly working bee for planting and harvesting, followed by a scrumptious afternoon teas. We also share gardening tips and advice, food recipes and events, hold seed saving and mosaics workshops.

Where:  Hartington Street, Northcote (next to Northcote train station)

Northcote Library Food Garden

Contact: Allison Wedding Ph: (0431) 646 565 or Ivor Otley (0407) 680 822 E-mail:

Who we are:   The Northcote Library Food Garden provides a communal space for the community to grow their own food as well as a place for gathering, education and demonstration of sustainable gardening practices.

What we do:  We provide large communal growing beds for shared growing and harvesting, as well as a food forest and bed for “bush” food and natives (in development).  We hold monthly community gardening days, where the community comes together to plant, harvest and maintain the garden as well as share the produce. We also hold workshops on sustaianble gardening practices

Where:  32-38 Separation Street, Northcote, Victoria (adjacent to the Northcote Library).

Fairfield Community Garden

Contact:  Katrina Everingham Ph: 9490 1601  E-mail:

Who we are: Fairfield Community Garden provides the community with both a space to garden as well as to celebrate food and gardening achievements, share project ideas, workshops and local community food events.

What we do: We hold regular working bees and gardening workshops and issue a newsletter with the latest gardening news, events and information

Where:  1 Hamilton Street, Fairfield

Fairfield Farmers Market


Who we are:  A member of the Melbourne Farmers’ Market (MFM) accedited group of markets. MFM is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to Victorian food and producers, regional food cultures, seasonal produce, biodiversity, sustainable farming practices and the strengthening of relationships between the consumer and the producer.

What we do: Fairfiled Farmers Markets are held every third Saturday of the month from 8am – 1pm and include a wide range of stall holders from across Victoria

Where: Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street, Fairfield

East Reservoir Community Garden

Contact: Ph: 0423 088 722  E-mail:

Who we are: East Reservoir Community Garden has been established to help the community prepare for a healthy secure and sustainable future by supporting homegrown low cost healthy food.  This access friendly and culturally diverse garden encourages social connections with other gardeners to swap produce and gardening tips and pool resources such as compost, organic fertilizer, mulch and seeds.

What we do: We offer small and large garden beds to rent for planting and growing your own produce. There are also opportunities to take part in gardening workshops, cooking classes and demonstrations, as well as volunteer for events and make new friends. The garden holds regular community events such as open days, festivals, produce swap and market days.

Where:  TW Andrews Reserve, Strathmerton Street, Reservoir

Transition Darebin

Contact: Email

Who we are: Transition Darebin are about helping the Darebin community prepare for peak oil and climate change through practical solutions like local food growing, promoting energy efficient homes and buildings, fossil-fuel-free transport, local production of goods and services and reuse / recycling. The objective is to transition Darebin towards and relocalised and resilient community.

What we do:  Transtion Darebin have a number of projects underway around food, transport and reskilling Darebin for a future without cheap energy and fuel. Examples include:

  • Food Swaps in Northcote (second Saturday of the month,  Reservoir (third Saturday of the month). Fairfield (third Saturday of the month), and South Preston (fourth Saturday of the month). See Regular Food Swaps and Farmers Markets for further details
  • Transition in the Pub – a monthly gathering to discuss a topical issue, recent discussions have been on topics such as Repair Cafes and ethical shopping.
  • Convivial Kitchen – a group that meets to share favourite recipes, demonstrate them, then eat them!
  • Convivial Garden – runs events related to gardens such as making a bee hotel and curing olives.
  • Our Apple Tree – a monthly working bee takes place to reinvigorate the small patch of land around an old apple tree that has survived on the edge of the railway line near Croxton Station.
  • Boomerang Bags – we have started a local Boomerang Bag group to replace plastic shopping bags.
  • Repair Café – our first event will be in May 2018 where a group of fixers will voluntarily fix peoples’ broken items to keep them out of landfill.

Take a look at our website for further details on all of the above, and more!


Contact: Martin O’Callaghan, Urban Food Program Leader (03) 9480 8207, Email:

Who we are: DIVRS (Darebin Information Volunteer Resource Service) is a not-for-profit volunteer driven organisation that delivers free services and programs for vulnerable populations in Darebin, reducing financial crisis, social isolation and barriers to accessing community information. As an important part of our Urban Food Program, The Darebin Fruit Squad gathers surplus fruit from the community to redistribute to those in need and share horticultural knowledge and experience with a view to maintaining fruit tree stock.

What we do : The role of the DFS:

  • Enhance our local heritage of food producing trees and preserve, and maintain existing trees,
  • Harvest seasonal fruit, and pass the harvest on to those most in need through food security organisations and social enterprises,
  • Share horticultural knowledge and experiences,
  • Maintain fruit trees in Darebin,
  • Develop a model that can be replicated in other geographical areas.

Where: Darebin Fruit Squad is based at DIVRS, 285-287 High St, Preston

Deep Green Permaculture:

Contact:  Angelo Eliades  Ph: (0411) 087 257  E-mail:

Who we are:  Deep Green Permaculture is about promoting sustainable food production techniques, with the aim of building community food security and self-reliance. We teach people how to maximise the productivity of their backyard gardens using natural organic methods.

What we do: 

  • Educational website with sustainable gardening resources, information, articles, DIY instructions, projects and reference material.
  • Educational workshops / training, presentations, seminars,  tours of demonstration garden sites.
  • Sustainable food production consultancy and advisory services, including voluntary work for community groups and community gardens.
  • Food forest / forest gardening advocacy.
  • Propagation and distribution of edible plants / trees to the general public.

CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) Community Environment Park

Contact:  Reception Ph: (03) 3989 0100  E-mail:

Who we are:  CERES is an award winning not-for-profit sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice. It is Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference centre, as well as a thriving community rich with social and cultural diversity.

CERES activities are directed to fulfilling our mission to:

  • address the cause of climate change
  • promote social well-being and connectedness
  • build local and global equity
  • embrace and facilitate rapid change

What we do:  CERES green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES organic market, cafe, permaculture nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustaianble agriculture, energy efficiency, renewables and water conservation in action.

Where:  Roberts Street, Brunswick East

Sunnyfields Community Garden


Who we are: Sunnyfields Community Garden was created in 2013 in partnership with Cultivating Community and the Northcote Baptist Church. The garden provides a vibrant space for people to come together and share their passion for growing food and community.

What we do: The garden provides 22 garden beds for members of the local Darebin community to grow their own food. Regular meetings and working bees are held where all are welcome. We provide gardening tips and advice and also hold gardening and composting workshops throughout the year.

Where:  540 High St Northcote

SPAN Community House


Contact:  Colleen Duggan Ph: (03) 9480 1364  E-mail:

Who we are:  SPAN Community House provides the community with access to dynamic and innovative resources through community development activities.  This is done through the provision of educational, social and recreational opportunities including well-being, personal development, IT, creative, food and gardening and pre-vocational courses and activities.

What we do:  SPAN Community House’s food related activities include; monthly community lunches where participants can come along and join in a healthy lunch and meet others; cooking classes including ‘mystery box’ cooks, cooking and food gardening workshops, a community food garden and we are also a SecondBite recipient of fruit and vegetables.

Where:  64 Clyde St, Thornbury