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East Reservoir Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Reservoir
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is mostly allotment-based.

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.

Eastaway Food Products
Products: Jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits
Township/Suburb: Macleod
Notes (in their own words):

Eastaway Food Products make small batch jams, chutneys, cordials and jam drop biscuits. At markets, they also serve fresh sodas (made with the cordials) and sell gift boxes. They choose playful flavour combinations such as saffron & strawberry cordial and plum & rosemary jam.

Easthill Estate
Products: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Sparkling Chardonnay, Sparkling Cabernet
Local outlets: Cellar door - 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 11am-4pm
Township/Suburb: Kangaroo Ground
Notes (in their own words):

Easthill Estate is a boutique cellar door in Kangaroo Ground that provides a unique rustic experience. Exquisite wines and a warm homely atmosphere provide a cellar door experience to remember. They have 'platters by preference' available to enhance your wine experience by selecting cheeses, crackers, dips and deli meats to create your own platter. In winter, they have a comforting wood fire inside their cellar door and, in the warmer months, tables and chairs in their grassed area overlooking the vineyard.

The vineyard has been planted in dark rich volcanic soil which nurtures and helps create exceptional wines.

Eastland Multicultural Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Ringwood
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based.

The garden provides a safe and welcoming space for people from different cultural backgrounds living or working in Ringwood and surrounds to come together to plant and grow edible crops, participate in other gardening activities, socialise with others and enjoy a communal garden space. There are currently 34 garden plots, some of which are available for rent.

The garden is managed by a management committee comprising office bearers from multicultural backgrounds, as well as representatives from the Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne.

Membership is $5 for one person, or $10 for a family. Plot fees are currently $25 per plot. Families with over 3 members can apply for two plots, otherwise one plot. Plots eligibility is limited to Health Care Card holders, who are unable to garden at home, and who live within a radius of 5 kilometres of Ringwood.

Edible Hub, Hurstbridge
Township/Suburb: Hurstbridge
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

There are six wicking garden beds plus a compost station with three large bins. There are plans to expand the garden to include some fruit trees.

The garden had previously fallen into disuse but since April 2019 has been under the care of small group of volunteers whose aim is to provide a space for locals to connect and learn through the process of growing food, as well as sharing the resulting harvest with the community.

The produce from the beds is free for everyone to harvest, promoting the concepts of a sharing economy, and the use of communal land for the production of fresh, local food.

The beds are managed according to organic principles and where possible utilise recycled or re-purposed materials. The compost program aims to capture organic waste from the adjacent Community Hub and from local community and business, keeping waste out of landfill and providing compost to sustain the garden.

Volunteers generally meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 9.30am to plan or carry out work in the garden. Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.

Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market
When: 3rd Sunday of the month, 8.30am-12.30pm
Local brands sold: A Lot of Good Stuff
Chef's Fine Food
Kinglake Vegetables
Koala Honey
Noggerath Proteas
Paleta Artisan Popsicles
Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Salt N Caramel
Spice Fusion
Steffen's Fine Foods
Sweets & Treats By Michael
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Eltham Deli
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Local brands sold: Blue Pear Pantry
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

A comprehensive range of meats, cheeses, organic and gluten-free products. Also, platters, heat 'n' serve meals and made-to-order hampers.

Eltham Farmers’ Market
When: Every Sunday, 9am-midday
Local brands sold: A Local Baker St Andrews
Alberto's Delicacies
Apted's Orchards
Arthurs Creek Garlic
Australian Harvest / Bio Grape
Bee Rescue - Heidi Honey Hurstbridge
Belleview Farm
Blue Pear Pantry
Chef's Fine Food
Gourmet Pies
Imbue Distillery
Just Picked
Kinglake West Blueberries
Kings of Kangaroo Ground
Lockton Farm Gourmet Sausages
Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms
Old Evropa
Panton Hill Estate Olives
Powerhouse Cheese
Rustic Sourdough Bakery
Selba Farm
Si Mangia
Spirli Strawberries
Sugarloaf Produce
Sweets & Treats By Michael
The Cake Stall
The Farmers Yo Yo
The Mrs & Co
The Mushroom Co
The Mushroom Shed
Top Hundred Acres
Yarra Coffee
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Eltham Food Swap
When: 4th Sunday of the month, 9.30-10.30am
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Look for the large white 'Local Food Connect' marquee at the Farmers' Market. Come along with your homegrown fruit and veggies, favourite seasonal recipes, spare jam jars, homemade labelled preserves etc, and share and network with other local backyard growers.

Eltham Railway Station
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

The produce from these planter boxes is freely available to any commuters or other members of public who pass by.

There are 2 planter boxes on the railway platform, both of them wicking beds. They were established on 18th September 2017. They are the first project by the Incredible Edible Eltham community.

Eltham, Planter Boxes outside healthAbility
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

The produce from this planter box is freely available to any members of public who pass by.

There is a large planter box outside healthAbility at 917 Main Road, Eltham. It is under cover but irrigated. It was established in 2013.

Epping North Food Swap
When: Last Sunday of the month, 10:30am-12pm
Township/Suburb: Epping North
Notes (in their own words):

There is a community garden at the location.

Esme and Marj
Products: Cupcakes, macarons and brownies
Township/Suburb: Briar Hill
Notes (in their own words):

Esme and Marj, named after the owner Rachel's two nanna's, makes cupcakes, macarons and brownies using quality ingredients like free range eggs, european butter & chocolate and lots more.

Eucalypt Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Wollert
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is membership-based ($20 pa for a single and $40 pa for family).

Friends of Eucalypt Estate's group of volunteers have established a community garden in a public space behind the Bluestone Kitchen Cafe amongst the historic bluestone farmhouse and outbuildings. The garden is a space for the community to participate in growing sustainable organic produce-related activities in a friendly, inter-generational, accessible environment.

The aim of the garden is to provide a multi-functional space which facilitates and promotes community connectedness through the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources, such that people can come together to learn, share, relax and make friends. It is hoped that, over time, it will provide a range of physical, social, economic, cultural and environmental benefits to the diverse community.

They have been able to make progress because of an enormous community effort: they have the use of the land from one of their committee members; donation of a shed from Bunnings; donation of benches; donations of plants and seeds; and, most importantly, donation of time and labour.

There are monthly meetups at the garden, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, starting 10am.