Backyard Harvest Stories is here!

We are excited to launch our new online food growing and sharing project, Backyard Harvest Stories! Backyard food gardening is a healthy, grounding and therapeutic activity to do while we are all spending more time at home, and we are partnering with 3000acres to encourage social connection and engagement online through the world of food gardening. We invite you to … Read More

Back to Earth competition – POSTPONED

Back to Earth’s Victorian garden competition has been postponed to allow kindergartens, schools and community gardens to focus on other priorities for now. They had a number of nominations from kindergartens, schools and community groups to win up to $5,000 for an environmental or garden project. These nominations will remain valid when we reopen the competition. You do not need to do anything … Read More

Community gardens & COVID-19 update

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have advised that community gardens are permitted to continue operating, provided that strict physical distancing and safety processes are in place. These protective measures include: All community gatherings, socialising, workshops and events are not permitted and members are only to be undertaking activities related to the growing and harvest of fresh food Any … Read More

‘Community gardens are essential’ campaign

Community gardens and associated forms of urban agriculture provide an essential service as well as a health and wellbeing lifeline to over 261,000 Australians every week. Community gardens and urban food production are a source of fresh, healthy, affordable, safe, and accessible food as well as providing a place to exercise and stay physically fit. These spaces provide a wonderful source of … Read More

The Perma Pixie free ‘Intro to Foraging’ livestream, Friday 27 March 2pm

Want to see more local and inspiring free gardening live videos? Catch permaculture educator, herbal and medicinal plant expert and local Darebin resident, The Perma Pixie with an Introduction to Foraging free livestream today! Take something into your own hands by learning about the edible wild food and Medicine around you. To view please visit The Perma Pixie FB page and follow, … Read More

Sustainable Food Program survey

Darebin is developing our Sustainable Food Program for 2021. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas of what projects, campaigns, workshops, events and resources you would like to see to support urban food production, build community capacity and create a more resilient food system in the context of the climate emergency. Your input will help inform what our … Read More

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 looking to ramp up production. … Read More

Backyard Harvest Festival – Postponed

While the first weekend of the Backyard Harvest Festival went ahead as planned, the remaining two weekends of events had to be postponed as we work to promote good health and safety of our community and lessen the spread of the coronavirus. We hope to run the remaining events during Darebin’s Spring FUSE Festival in September 2020 if it is safe to do so.   But don’t worry: we recognise how important backyard food gardening and … Read More

Backyard Harvest Festival begins this weekend!

It’s time! The Backyard Harvest Festival begins this weekend! Saturday 14 March program: Bee a Pollinator! Native Been Workshop for Kids and Families  – Buy tickets Harry’s Grafting and aerial layer propagation workshop – Buy tickets Sunday 15 March program: Open Garden at the Reservoir Views Primary School garden – Free event but register here Robbie’s aquaponics garden tour  – Buy tickets … Read More

PATCH: Farming & Environment Workshops for Young People @ Bundoora Park Farm

Bundoora Park Farm are holding PATCH Workshops for young people who are interested in animals, farming and the outdoors. PATCH: Farming and Environment Workshops at Bundoora Park Farm are aimed at young people in year levels 7 – 9, and include activities such as feeding animals, seasonal planting and harvesting, visits to our wildlife reserve, working on farm projects and … Read More