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

Free mushroom mulch!

Call out to all serious gardeners, community gardens and urban/ local farmers! To minimise waste and support other growers, local mushroom grower Sporadical City Mushrooms is offering a trade of free myclelium mulch in exchange for a few hours labour to empty and clean the spent mushroom buckets. This certified organic wheat straw has been […]

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Community Composting & Workshops @ Span

  Span Community House in Thornbury are very excited that the word is spreading well on their reinvigorated community composting program. Since relaunching last month, 20 buckets have been dropped off, meaning over 115 litres of community food waste have been diverted from landfill into the Span composting system. As part of this program, they are holding a series of three workshops, with the first […]

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Seed raising workshop @ Regent Community Garden, Sun 18 April

Join Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design for a Seed Raising Workshop at Darebin’s newest community garden! In this session you will learn how to build your own seed propagation unity using recycled  home materials, learn how to keep your new seedlings healthy, pests and problems to watch out for and when to plant […]

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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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