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).

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May
4
Sat
Intro to gardening workshops with DIVRS @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 4 @ 13:30 – 15:00

The DIVRS garden is a vegetable and fruit garden that specialises in growing fresh food for DIVRS’ emergency food relief efforts. Their volunteers will guide you through a hands on workshop on composting and worm farms, propagating seedlings, good soil management and planting techniques. You will also learn about the new DIVRS ‘Veg Squad’ program that supports local school kitchen gardens, community gardens and Darebin householders to grow food for both themselves and for Darebin residents experiencing food insecurity. All participants will take home a complimentary punnet of seedlings.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

May
5
Sun
Organic backyard chook keeping with Jessamy Miller @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 5 @ 10:00 – 11:30

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 productive. Lastly, Jessamy will cover chicken first aid and how to ensure you meet local council requirements with your flock.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Backyard bees 101 workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 5 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Backyard beekeeper Morgan Koegel will introduce you to her hive and teach you what you need to know to get started on a beekeeping journey. Morgan will talk about the time and cost commitment, the requirements of keeping bees in an urban environment, and what you can expect from your bees. You’ll have the opportunity to check out Morgan’s bee set-up and equipment, as well as taste some of her honey.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Monique’s rental abundance garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 5 @ 15:00 – 16:00

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.

May
11
Sat
Damian’s biodiverse permaculture garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 11 @ 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.

Lee’s generous sharing garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 11 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Lee has created a bountiful garden in her social housing estate using mainly recycled materials, and generously shares her surplus harvest, saved seeds and garden knowledge with her neighbours, friends, and local community. She demonstrates how gardening can be affordable and accessible to everyone. Her garden features a wide range of fruit and vegetables, herbs and is also a haven for native bees and worms with a bee hotel and compost area.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Sharing homegrown food with Luigi and Emanuela (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 11 @ 13:00 – 14:00

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.

Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 11 @ 14:30 – 16:00

Poppy’s Patch started as a father/daughter project when Poppy was aged three and the family decided to use the space on the front lawn to start an edible garden – to not only grow food but 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 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.

May
12
Sun
Backyard quails workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 10:00 – 11:00

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!) while using only 46 litres of mains water per person and 3.9 kilowatt hours of electricity per day.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Natural pest management workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Kat Lavers will explain natural pest management techniques relying on permaculture principles. You will have the opportunity to explore these techniques in practice in Kat’s permaculture garden which features fruit trees, intensive vegetable growing and quails. 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!) while using only 46 litres of mains water per person and 3.9 kilowatt hours of electricity per day.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Guided tour of the Plummery (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 12:45 – 13:45

Kat Lavers’ urban permaculture system, The Plummery, is a 280 square metre block which produces almost all the household’s herbs, veggies, fruit and eggs (428kg in 2018) while using only 46 litres of mains water per person and 3.9 kilowatt hours of electricity per day. 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.

Robbie’s aquaponics garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 15:00 – 16:00

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.

May
18
Sat
Native bee workshop for kids and families @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
May 18 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Katrina Forstner, founder of Buzz and Dig, will introduce your family to native bees, pollination and increasing urban biodiversity. This session aims to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Nurturing a sense of respect and excitement to living creatures, whilst learning about the important role bees have to play, enables us to grow healthy food. Attendees will make a bee-friendly hotel with natural and recycled materials to take home.

Participants are asked to bring a 400ml empty recycled tin can (to make a bee hotel).

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Native bee workshop for adults @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
May 18 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Katrina Forstner, founder of Buzz and Dig, will introduce you to the amazing world of native bees and how to attract them into your garden as pollinators for flowers and edibles. This workshop will demonstrate methods for pollination and planning for bee habitat, including bee-attracting plants and how to encourage urban biodiversity. You will learn about the co-evolution of bees and flowering plants, what common native bees look like, and native bee nesting behaviours and more. You will also get to make a bee hotel using natural and recycled materials to take home.

Participants are asked to bring a 400ml empty recycled tin can (to make a bee hotel) and a pair of secateurs (if possible).

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Fruit tree maintenance and pruning workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00

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.

Maya’s fruitful garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 18 @ 15:30 – 16:30

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.

May
19
Sun
Harry’s micro orchard garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 19 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Harry is passionate about gardening in small spaces and has been lovingly tending his fully organic micro orchard garden for 14 years. At 72 square metres, this garden demonstrates that you don’t need a large plot of land to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Harry planned, constructed and planted the garden with his daughter to encourage science concepts through organic gardening. Clever grafting methods yield citruses, apples, pomegranates and stone fruits. The all year rotation of herbs and seasonal vegetables supplement the food requirements for a family of five.

This event is part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival.

Citrus and apple tree propagating workshop with Harry Kalathas @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 19 @ 11:30 – 12:30

There is nothing more satisfying than propagating your own plants. In this workshop, Harry will demonstrate two propagating techniques for citrus and apple trees: basic aerial layering and grafting. You will gain an understanding of the tools and equipment and seasonal timing requirements for each 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.

Lena’s courtyard and garden (garden tour) @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 19 @ 13:30 – 14:30

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.