Connecting gardens, groups and growers to create a more resilient food future in Darebin

Final days to become a Pop Up Garlic Farmer!

There’s less than a week to go to become a Pop-Up Garlic Farmer! Farmer Incubator‘s Pop-Up Garlic Farmers program is a 9 month beginner’s course in small scale farming. From March to November you can take a crop of garlic right through from seed to harvest and market with a load of learning experiences and farm […]

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Buzz and Dig Native Bee Masterclass, 27 Feb

Join Katrina Forstner from Buzz and Dig to learn about native bees in her Preston backyard bee oasis! You’ll learn how to identify native bees, co-evolution of bees and plants, nesting behaviours, buzz pollination, and how to increase beneficial insect biodiversity in your backyard. Create a wooden bee hotel using upcycled materials and take it […]

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Let’s keep Darebin Queensland Fruit Fly Free!

Have your fruit and vegetables been affected by Queensland Fruit Fly? QFF activity increases as the weather gets warmer – and this year the warm and humid weather has created the perfect conditions for it to spread. QFF has now been detected in Northcote and Preston this summer but its not too late to stop […]

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Registrations open for Farmer Incubator’s Pop Up Garlic Farmers Program!

Farmer Incubator are a non-profit organisation who aims to grow conscious farmers in a way that empowers them with knowledge, experience, community and connection so that they can contribute to the respectful regeneration of land and the building of a sovereign food future. After being cancelled a month into the course in 2020 due to […]

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Darebin’s Compost Revolution program is back – now for concession card holders!

Darebin Council is relaunching its partnership with award-winning program Compost Revolution to provide 50% off selected compost products to Darebin households that are low-income or experiencing hardship. Whether you are a beginner or a champion composter, this program will help you to compost your food scraps to keep food waste out of landfill and provide […]

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New business added to ‘Café to Garden’ program

Youngman Café is the latest local business to have joined the Café to Garden program! You can contact them on 9471 0724 or info@youngmancafe.com.au to find out collection instructions from 492 High Street, Preston. Council’s ‘Café to Garden’ program enables residents to pick up free coffee grounds from participating Darebin businesses to take home and […]

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Resource list

Sustainable gardening and backyard food growing resources from Darebin Council: Sustainable Gardening in Darebin booklet Sow What When: Darebin’s Seasonal Seed Sowing Guide Darebin’s Backyard Harvest playlist on YouTube Darebin’s Queensland Fruit Fly prevention and management video Discounted compost, bokashi bins and worm farms for Darebin residents from Compost Revolution Readings and resources – Permaculture & regenerative agriculture: Two great […]

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Queensland Fruit Fly webinar for nursery staff

Nursery staff are invited to join horticultural entomologist Andrew Jessup, for this online webinar presenting best practice options, so you can support your customers to manage and prevent Queensland Fruit Fly in their gardens. Join Andrew to learn about: best practice options for traps, baits and nets, including brand suggestions. practical recommendations for nursery staff […]

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Community Compost Hub @ The Melbourne Food Hub

Do you want to compost but have no space? The Compost Depot would love to take your food scraps! The Compost Depot are trying to get as many food waste donors as possible to bring their food waste to their community compost hubs so that they can keep making loads of lovely compost. Their community […]

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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 […]

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