Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival

 

The festival is being held on the following weekends in May: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, and 18th & 19th. There are 9 garden tours (see below) and 10 workshops (see next section). Each event is $10 ($5 concession).

Click on any event title for a description of that event, on the ‘expand all’ button top right to show all the event descriptions, or on any ‘ticket’ button to purchase tickets.

Dec
12
Thu
Newton Street Community Garden @ Newton Street Community Garden
Dec 12 @ 09:00 – 12:00

A drop-in gardening session which everyone is welcome to attend.

Click here to read about the garden.

Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Dec 12 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Dec 12 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

SEEDs Garden Club (Brunswick) working bee @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Everyone welcome. Help them continue to transform their garden into an edible, beautiful and educational sanctuary for all who pass through their gates.

Click here to read about the garden.

Your Community Health Garden (Reservoir) working bee @ Your Community Health
Dec 12 @ 10:00 – 12:00

There is someone in the garden every Thursday morning.

Sustainable gardening @ Fawkner Library
Dec 12 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Local horticulturalist Diana Cotter will present handy hints to minimise waste in the garden. Learn how weeds can become your friends and other composting options. Eliminate plastic waste and reduce water usage.

Registrations essential.

Community lunch (Carlton North) @ Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Dec 12 @ 12:45 – 13:45

Share a healthy home-cooked lunch and chat with fellow community members and Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre staff.

Community dinner (Lilydale) @ Lilydale Showgrounds, Main Street<br>(mid Sep to mid May); The Chapel,<br>42-44 Castella Street (mid May to mid Sep).
Dec 12 @ 19:00 – 21:00

FoodStop creates a safe and positive environment for those needing a meal and/or social interaction.

Whilst FoodStop is usually located at the entrance to the Lilydale Showgrounds, in the colder months (mid May to mid September), it is in The Chapel at 42-44 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Dec
13
Fri
The Community Grocer, Carlton
Dec 13 @ 08:00 – 12:00

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

Reynard Street Community Garden working bee and lunch @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Dec 13 @ 10:00 – 12:30

A small group of gardening volunteers meets every Friday at 10 am and works until 12:30 pm when they break for a free community lunch! They incorporate produce from the garden into these weekly community lunches. New visitors and volunteers would be more than welcome.

West Brunswick Community Garden weekly meetup
Dec 13 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Christmas hors d’oeuvres @ Eltham Library
Dec 13 @ 10:30 – 11:30

A Christmas cooking demonstration by Marie Vassallo of Christmas Hors D’oeuvres.

Community lunch (Preston) @ The Bridge
Dec 13 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Go for a lunch and stay for the conversation and activities.

Open Table, Coburg @ Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House
Dec 13 @ 12:30 – 13:30

Open Table “take surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste”.

It appears that there are some months when the meal doesn’t happen so check their Facebook events page before going.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Dec 13 @ 14:30 – 15:30

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Community dinner (Heidelberg West) @ St Pius
Dec 13 @ 18:00 – 20:30

This is a weekly event, on every Friday evening except for the 3rd Friday of each month and public holidays. See the Salt Foundation’s Facebook page for details about each week’s particular meal. Dinner is usually served at 6.30pm, with coffee and nibbles starting 5.30pm or 6pm.

St Johns Riverside Community Garden Christmas party @ St Johns Riverside Community Garden, St Johns Anglican Church
Dec 13 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Please take food to share.

Click here to read about the garden.

Dec
14
Sat
Coburg Farmers’ Market @ Coburg Primary School
Dec 14 @ 08:00 – 13:00
Collingwood Childrens Farm Farmers’ Market @ Collingwood Children's Farm
Dec 14 @ 08:00 – 13:00
Croydon Farmers’ Market @ Croydon Park
Dec 14 @ 08:00 – 13:00
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

The Community Grocer, Heidelberg West @ Bell Street Mall
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – 13:00

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

The Fitzroy Mills Market
Dec 14 @ 09:00 – 14:00

Every Saturday except during January.

Gingerbread house workshop @ Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
Dec 14 @ 09:30 – 12:00

Create a seasonal gingerbread house. Recipe and instructions will be supplied. You will need to bake your own gingerbread slabs to bring along on the day.

Tables Community Garden (Heathmont) get together @ Heathmont Baptist Church
Dec 14 @ 09:30 – 12:30

Tend to the garden together, learn new skills and share stories around the morning tea table. Anyone from the local community is welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Diamond Village food swap @ Diamond Village Shopping Centre (beside the Cruze Lounge cafe)
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00
East Reservoir Community Garden @ East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Garlic braiding with Farmer Incubator @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Farmer Incubator will be visiting SEEDs Communal Garden to braid some of their recently harvested garlic. Go along and learn this skill for yourself. Bulbs of organically-grown Farmer Incubator garlic will also be available to purchase on the day.

Greensborough Food Swap @ Diamond Valley Library - food garden
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Links Community Garden Lalor meetup @ Links Community Garden Lalor
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 12:00

All people of all ages are welcome, whether you’re a gardening wizard or don’t know a root from a branch.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mooroolbark Urban Harvest @ Red Earth Community Park
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Preserving the season’s harvest @ CERES
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 14:00

What you will learn:

  • How to preserve surplus foods.
  • How to make jams.
  • Improve your culinary skillset.

Presenter: Laura Issell. Learn how to make jams, pastes, pickles and the art of basic canning so that you can preserve your home harvest or extend your seasonal produce year round.

Urban Orchard Food Swap @ CERES
Dec 14 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Dec 14 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Your tour, led by Nathan Stewart, a professional Doreen-based beekeeper from Maya ‘Xala Honey, will include suiting up in protective gear, lighting a bee smoker, and spending two hours as real life beekeeper. Initially, Nathan will give you some tips on what to look for inside a hive including how to spot the Queen and where to look to potentially witness the birth of a new worker bee. Then, together you will lift the lid of a busy hive, watch bees at work creating honey, pull out a frame of honey ready for extraction, and get up close with more than 100,000 bees! After the lid is closed, you will sample some of the honey direct from the hives while enjoying a refreshing honey tonic.

Northcote Food Swap @ Chalice Garden
Dec 14 @ 11:00 – 12:00
SEEDs Garden Food Swap @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Dec 14 @ 11:00 – 12:00

SEEDs is a communal garden, that grows natural networks, skills, mutual opportunities, friendships, organic food and community for all who are involved in it.

Christmas cupcake decorating workshop @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Join Jess, from Norma Rose Cakes to make 12 cupcakes with 4 different designs to take home. Learn various piping techniques including small stars, fine line and large swirls. Create white Christmas tree decoration, snow icing and how to place decorations.

Community lunch (Mill Park) @ Mill Park Baptist Church
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Go and and enjoy a meal with them. Welcoming the homeless, people with dependencies, struggling families, asylum seekers, refugees, people with disabilities and anyone who just wants a good meal and a chat.

Macleod Community Garden working bee @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 17:00

Go and plant seeds and seedlings or just join them for a cuppa in a beautiful tranquil setting.

Click here to read about the garden.

Open Table, Fawkner @ Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Open Table “take surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste”.

It appears that there are some months when the meal doesn’t happen so check their Facebook events page before going.

Open Table, Fitzroy North @ Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Open Table “take surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste”.

It appears that there are some months when the meal doesn’t happen so check their Facebook events page before going.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Dec 14 @ 13:00 – 14:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.