Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival

 

The festival is being held on the following weekends in March: 14th & 15th, 21st & 22nd, and 28th & 29th. There are 22 events in total. Each event is $12 ($6 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.

Mar
14
Sat
Bee a pollinator! Native bee hotel workshop for families. @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00

This session will aim to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Families will be introduced to native bees, pollination and increasing urban biodiversity. Attendees will make a bee-friendly hotel with natural and recycled materials to take home.

Click here to read about the garden.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Grafting and grafting aerial layering propagation @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 14 @ 11:15 – 12:15

Clever grafting methods yield citruses, apples, pomegranates and stone fruits. Harry will show you the tools, equipment and seasonal timing requirements for each grafting/propagation technique as well as how to take care of grafts and propagated plants during their initial growing period.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Mar
15
Sun
Open Garden at Reservoir Views Primary School @ Reservoir Views Primary School
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Join local gardener Chard to explore the food garden at Reservoir Views Primary School. Go along and see what the kids have been growing.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of Robbie’s aquaponics garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 15 @ 12:45 – 13:45

Robbie’s front and back yards are both devoted to food production, and feature two aquaponics systems in which trout and vegetables are grown in a mutually dependent relationship, enabling both to thrive. One system is homemade while the other is a purchased kit, and both are seamlessly incorporated into rest of the garden, which produces a huge variety of vegetables and herbs. Composting and free-range chickens also contribute to this garden’s sustainability credentials.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of Lena’s courtyard garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 15 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Lena has a permaculture-inspired garden in her 40 square metre courtyard, the aim being fill this space with as many productive plants as possible whilst attracting bees and other beneficial insects. A fascination for making the best of small spaces for gardening motivates this project, and Lena will provide tips to maximise production and small space gardening resources. Re-localisation of food production, the facilitation of social connection, the rethinking of the economy of consumption and improved care for the natural environment have become a prism through which Lena’s decisions are made in all aspects of life.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Mar
21
Sat
Guided tour of Damian’s permaculture garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 21 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Damian has been practicing permaculture since he attended a talk by permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison in 1977. He is also involved in replanting native vegetation on Herring Island in inner suburban Melbourne. What permaculture and bush regeneration have in common is that they both aim to establish biodiversity whether building up microbes in the soil, integrating chooks and fruit trees or attracting wildlife to the garden. The complex mix of species forms mutually beneficial relationships, all performing multiple functions such as nutrient cycling, pollination or pest control. Damian’s garden reflects his love of growing food for both humans and local native species.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of Monique’s rental abundance garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 21 @ 11:15 – 12:15

Monique’s rental garden features fruit trees, veggie growing and chickens, all with a permaculture focus. The household puts an emphasis on eating and trading what they grow, as well as saving seeds for use the next season. With Monique’s experience as a market gardener, the space is productive and demonstrates that, even if you’re a renter, growing food is possible. In this tour, Monique will share her knowledge about taking crops from seed to table, crop rotation, how to apply market garden lessons to the backyard, and permaculture principles for the home and garden.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Open Garden at Sylvester Hive Community Garden @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 21 @ 12:30 – 14:00

This garden has 14 wicking beds and surrounding fruit trees that members of the local community manage and share produce at regular communal meals and events. The garden welcomes new members and is an inclusive and welcoming space to meet friends and neighbours. Light BBQ lunch will be provided. Bookings required (for catering purposes).

Click here to read about the garden.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of Maya’s fruitful garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 21 @ 13:30 – 14:30

Maya has created an edible garden that is as beautiful as it is fruitful. Decorative, productive hedges are formed from an extensive range of pruned and grafted fruit trees using a combination of espalier, cordon, ‘Bouche Thomas’ and dwarfing rootstock to create intriguing shapes and patterns. The garden features 32 apple trees of several varieties, cane and bush berries, persimmons, cherry guavas, feijoas and citrus. Mature grape vines are trained against the house, helping cool it in summer and yielding summer grapes. Maya practices organic and biodynamic gardening methods using recycled rain water and extensive composting systems. A netted chicken fence protects the rear garden from striking ‘Araucana’ chickens, originally bred in South America, who are kept as much for their wonderfully friendly nature as for their pale blue eggs.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Maya’s pruning workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 21 @ 14:45 – 15:45

Maya’s garden includes 32 apples, persimmons, cherry guavas, feijoas and citrus. Using grafting and pruning techniques, she has created an edible hedge of her fruit trees with a combination of espalier, cordon and other interesting shapes. In this session, Maya will introduce you to the needs of different fruit trees and guide you on pruning and maintenance techniques for shape, health and fruit.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Mar
22
Sun
Citrus care workshop @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer. The workshop will cover citrus botany (i.e. different types of citrus, organic pest control strategies and nutrient deficiencies. It will also include a shape pruning demonstration.

Click here to read about the garden.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 22 @ 11:15 – 12:15

Poppy’s Patch started as a father/daughter project when Poppy was aged three. The family decided to use the space on the front lawn to start an edible garden – to not only grow food but to teach her where food comes from. To save back-breaking work, they used the no-dig approach so that Poppy could directly layer it herself and learn about how soil is managed. This has helped transform rock-hard northern suburb clay soil into a rich organic loamy soil full of life and nutrients. More recent additions to the garden include multiple compost bins, worm farms and backyard chickens. To ensure Poppy can meaningfully participate in the garden, her father Chad has developed many strategies for her to work independently. In this workshop, Chad will share these strategies with a focus on making productive gardening meaningful for kids, and the rest of the family.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

DIY composting and worm farms @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 22 @ 14:00 – 16:00

This session will aim to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Families will be introduced to native bees, pollination and increasing urban biodiversity. Attendees will make a bee-friendly hotel with natural and recycled materials to take home.

Click here to read about the garden.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Mar
28
Sat
Guided tour of the Plummery (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 28 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Kat Lavers’ 280 square metre block produces almost all the household’s herbs, veggies, fruit and eggs (428kg in 2018). Kat is a garden farmer, permaculture designer and facilitator, and will discuss how she manages her system.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Happy backyard chooks, happy gardens @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 28 @ 10:00 – 11:00

In this workshop, ABC Organic Gardener writer Jessamy Miller will focus on keeping chooks in a suburban environment as well as introduce you to her own flock. You will learn how to build an ideal home for chooks to protect them from weather and potential predators and what to feed your chooks to keep them healthy and laying well. Lastly, Jessamy will cover how you can use chickens to improve your garden and soil health and keep them busy, but without destroying your backyard.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Quail keeping @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 28 @ 13:00 – 14:00

You will meet Kat Lavers’ covey of quails. You will learn all about quail care including housing, feeding and how they can work to support a garden system. Kat Lavers is a garden farmer, permaculture designer and facilitator whose 280 square metre block produces almost all the household’s herbs, veggies, fruit and eggs (428kg in 2018!).

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Propagation workshop @ Private residence (address provided on booking)
Mar 28 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Learn how to propagate your own plants from seed, cuttings and division, including tips on making your own seed raising and potting mixes for better results.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Mar
29
Sun
Guided tour of the Plummery (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 29 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Kat Lavers’ 280 square metre block produces almost all the household’s herbs, veggies, fruit and eggs (428kg in 2018). Kat is a garden farmer, permaculture designer and facilitator, and will discuss how she manages her system.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Your Winter veggie patch @ Private residence (address provided on booking)
Mar 29 @ 12:00 – 13:00

This workshop will help you design and manager your garden through cooler weather, introduce you to the colours and flavours of winter crops and show you when to plant to ensure your veggies are ready to eat in winter.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Organic pest and disease management @ Private residence (address provided on booking)
Mar 29 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Kat Lavers will explain organic pest and disease management techniques relying on permaculture principles. You’ll have the opportunity to explore these techniques in practice in Kat’s permaculture garden which features fruit trees, intensive vegetable growing and quails. Kat’s 280 square metre block produces almost all the household’s herbs, veggies, fruit and eggs (428kg in 2018!).

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Emanuela’s tips for cooking and preserving homegrown produce @ Private residence (address provided on booking)
Mar 29 @ 14:30 – 15:30

Listen to Emanuela and Luigi as they regale you with food preserving knowledge and stories from what they’ve grown in their Mediterranean inspired garden. Features include intensively cultivated vegetable beds, a home built hothouse, a food preserving area and a backyard pizza oven.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of Luigi’s Mediterranean inspired garden @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 29 @ 15:45 – 16:45

From the moment you arrive, your gregarious and hospitable hosts Luigi and Emanuela will entertain you with gardening and food preserving knowledge and stories as they showcase their abundant Mediterranean inspired garden. Features include intensively cultivated vegetable beds, a home built hothouse, food preserving area and backyard pizza oven.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.