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

Kat Lavers gardening livestream videos starting Friday 27 March 11am

Local gardening legend Kat Lavers is offering free gardening Q&A on Fridays at 11am, with the first one starting this Friday 27 March 2020 on the topic of ‘gardening in hard times’. In the midst of a pandemic and with a recession looming, many of us are starting food gardens for the first time or […]

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Social Food Project ‘Preserve My Harvest’ at Darebin Arts Centre – (Wed 18 March)

Preserve my Harvest is a community project dedicated to reducing waste by turning under-utilised food into delicious pickles, preserves and ferments! Join us at the Darebin Arts Centre where qualified chefs will teach you how to preserve, pickle and/or ferment your fresh produce. Over three hours, you can spend time with the chef learning how […]

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Darebin Community Grants 2020/2021 now open!

Darebin’s community grants program for 2020/21 is now open for applications, and close on 20 April, 2020. These grants are the main opportunity for not for profit community groups and organisations to obtain funding for community-based projects, and there is a dedicated medium grants stream for Environment and Sustainability projects. Grant categories for groups include: […]

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Zero Waste Cooking Demonstration with the Social Food Project – 26 March

Victorian’s throw away around $2000 a year in wasted food, with almost two thirds of this being food that could have otherwise been eaten. Join Darebin City Council and the Social Food Project for a zero-waste cooking demonstration to give you all the tools and tips for zero-waste cooking at home. You’ll learn how to […]

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Nominate your favourite local garden to win $5,000 from the Back to Earth Initiative

Ever wondered what happens to your food and green waste after it’s picked up in Darebin? The compost and mulch created from the food and green waste you put in your green bin at home helps farms, gardens and parks bloom. Now the Back to Earth Initiative’s Victorian Garden Competition is giving you the opportunity […]

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Community Gardens unpacked at the Sustainable Food Leaders Forum 6 March, 2019

We had 20 passionate community members join us for a great evening of discussion and networking at the Community Garden themed Sustainable Food Leaders Forum on Wednesday 6 March, 2019 The forum was an opportunity to have groups discuss and share their different approach and experiences. We had a good cross section of current 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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