What: This garden is made up of 30 individual plots of varying sizes available to rent for an annual fee. The garden is conveniently located near the East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre as well as the Reservoir Neighbourhood House (which has facilities to hold cooking demonstrations and workshops). Market days, food swaps, festivals and other celebrations are also regularly held at the garden.
Who: This is an access friendly and culturally diverse community garden. Everyone is welcome to become a member of the garden in some way. You can rent a plot to plant and grow your own food. Become a member of the garden committee to contribute to the running of the community garden. Or you can become a friend of the garden and meet with other gardeners and members to learn about gardening, swap tips and stories and help others learn.
There is a garden get together every Saturday from 10am to midday.
The Reservoir site was established in 2015 so that local gardeners with surplus produce have a place where they can easily share it within the community. All you need to do to contribute is drop off any surplus home grown food/seeds/seedlings to their sharing crate (on the nature strip) at any time. Please provide a label if it is not obvious what the items are.
Note that Food is Free Reservoir is taking a break during the Winter of 2017.
Mixed Bag make chai and hot chocolate blends, which they sell in both pre-packaged bags and, at markets, as freshly made hot drinks. Their flavours include: original chai, coconut blossom vegan chai, chocolate orange spiced chai, original hot chocolate, mint-infused hot chocolate, and chai sprinkles. They also sell marshmallows and cookies.
This is a communal garden on public housing land associated with the East Preston Community Centre. The garden was established in late 2018 and The East Preston Community Centre, in partnership with DIVRS Urban Food Program, are continuing to develop it. Once fully developed, it will include shared vegetable growing areas, fruit trees, berries, food forest gardens and composting/worm farming facilities.
Local community members are invited to get involved in shaping the garden's look and feel. This is a space where local residents can connect, share, learn and grow food locally. From planting, weeding and harvesting crops to designing what will be planted in the vacant beds – there's plenty to do.
A gardening group, led by the DIVRS Urban Food Program, work in the garden on Thursday mornings, 9am-midday, and it is open to the general public throughout the week. Everyone is welcome to attend the Thursday morning sessions. Occasionally, there are bigger working bees.
Apples and Sage Organic Wholefoods, Balwyn
Aunt Maggies, Fitzroy
Chirnside Park Health & Wellbeing
Ivanhoe Health Store
La Manna Fresh, Brunswick
Organic Wholefoods, Brunswick
Pachamama Wholefoods, Brunswick
Rhubarb Rhubarb Organics, Preston
Terra Madre, Northcote
Wholefood Merchants, Greensborough
Wild Things Food, Fitzroy North
Notes (in their own words):
No Grainer's mission is to make the world's best grain-free bread, which is also free of pseudo grains and starches. Their bread, which includes almond, loaf, mixed seed loaf and date, raisin & walnut loaf, is:
1. Grain-free - the only flours used are made from almonds, coconuts & chia seeds so they are rich in both nutrients and healthy fats.
2. Low carb - 80% lower in carbohydrates than regular whole wheat bread.
3. Starch-free - whilst starches such as tapioca are technically grain-free, they are also highly refined, high in carbohydrates and will spike your blood sugars in the same way as regular white flour.
4. 100% paleo - the bread contains no dairy, pseudo grains, bean flours or gums. Rather than use bean-based gums to bind the bread, they use organic psyllium powder.
Reservoir Community Pantry is simply an open cupboard fixed to the outside wall of Reservoir Neighbourhood House to which people can either donate, or freely take out, any non-perishable food. In practice, most of the food is bought from a local supermarket using a local, grant.
It appears that most of the food is taken within a few hours of being placed there. In response, although the Neighbourhood House staff buy most of the produce on a Monday morning, they spread out the timing of its placement in the pantry. Anyone can take anything that they want whenever they want and they don’t need to interact with the Neighbourhood House staff to do so.
On Mondays and Thursdays, the Neighbourhood House also gives away free bread (some of which comes from Watsonia Neighbourhood House). In addition, on Mondays, there is free soup. And, finally, there is a free monthly lunch on the 4th Wednesday of every month, midday-1pm.
Si Mangia started as Mangia Mangia in 2015. After the success of their books that promote traditional Southern Italian seasonal foods, they saw a need in the market for locally-made tomato products that remained faithful to traditional cooking methods. The results so far are: passata di pomodoro (tomato puree); sugo pronto (ready made pasta sauce); olives cured and dressed according to traditional Calabrian recipes; and capsicum paste for salumi.
What: At Your Community Health (YCH), there is a communal garden area with vegetables, 29 fruit trees, and some lawn. As well as planting and garden maintenance, they also use the space as a venue for activities and events. Their Men’s Shed is located on the edge of the garden and some of the guys get involved in the garden.
Who: People who visit YCH, staff, local residents and community members are all welcome to come and enjoy the garden.
When: There is someone in the garden on Thursday mornings, between 10am and midday.