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Gamila at Beechworth
Products: Saffron, fermented olives, dukkha, pickled cherries and quince paste
Local outlets: Online
Rose Street Pantry, Fitzroy
Township/Suburb: Beechworth (Indigo)
Notes (in their own words):

Nestled in the heart of the high country, on a sunny north facing slope just outside of Beechworth, Gamila at Beechworth is a small family farm that uses traditional, sustainable practices to grow saffron and olives. Their olives are wild fermented in natural brine for a minimum of 18 months.

Garden of Plenty, Diamond Valley Library, Greensborough
Township/Suburb: Greensborough
Notes (in their own words):

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

The garden is open to the public 6 days per week and provides a valuable place of engagement, education and participation in sustainable living practices. The produce is available to be shared by the community and also to engage the concept of food sharing. It is a place which is open to all to enjoy either planting, harvesting or tending the garden. The installation of four wicking beds, with the help of Diamond Creek Men’s Shed, has meant the produce is thriving in all conditions and the boxes are at a great height for all to enjoy.

The garden has inter-generational appeal with programs including: storytimes to kindergartens and schools; workshops with schools with an environmental focus; monthly workshops to the general community; and a monthly food swap. The production of a number of food sources are also shared with the community, not only in the garden, but at events such as the Home Harvest Festival.

Associated regular events:
1. Working bee – every Thursday, 10-11am.
2. Food Swap – 2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11am.

Gembrook Potatoes
Products: Brushed potatoes: Nicola, Kipfler, Lady Jane, Dutch Cream and Sebago. Also pumpkins.
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Mount Burnett (Cardinia)
Notes (in their own words):

Both Elaine's and Joe's fathers were potato farmers and they themselves have been growing potatoes for 45 years. They supply freshly dug, good-eating potatoes.

Girl Made Chocolate
Products: Vegan, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, raw chocolate
Certified Organic ingredients
Local outlets: Online
The Food Repository, Fitzroy
Township/Suburb: Northcote
Notes (in their own words):

Girl Made Chocolate produce handmade, raw chocolate blocks which are vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. They use Certified Organic ingredients. Their flavours include salty walnut, chilli, goji berry and mint. Their chocolate is healthy for both humans and the environment.

Glen Park Oaks Community Garden
Township/Suburb: Bayswater North
Notes (in their own words):

This garden is open to the public.

The community garden is a shared communal space for gardening, interacting and learning whereby members of the community can harvest vegetables as well as the group of volunteers who manage the garden. Owned and managed by Maroondah City Council, with the assistance of volunteers, its aim is to focus on, and share, the benefits provided by gardening – where the harvest is just an added bonus.

Gorgeous George Probiotics
Products: Probiotic beverages and condiments
Local outlets: Eltham Farmers' Market
Township/Suburb: Coolaroo (Hume)
Notes (in their own words):

Gorgeous George Probiotics' products include kombucha, water kefir, sauerkraut, prebiotic dips, vegan pestos and apple cider vinegar tonic.

Goulburn Valley Pork
Products: Pork
PROOF certification
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Harston (Greater Shepparton)
Notes (in their own words):

Goulburn Valley Pork believe in producing ethically-grown pork without compromise, with the welfare of their pigs paramount. The pigs live a free range life here on their 140 acre farm, where they have the space and freedom to behave with their natural instincts and socialise with their peers. The farm is both Certified PROOF (pasture raised on open fields) and Certified Free Range.

Their pork products include: leg of pork (on the bone), leg of pork (boned & rolled), boned rolled shoulder roast, whole shoulder (bone in), hand of pork , pork schnitzel, pork loin rack, rolled boneless pork loin , loin cutlets, forequarter chops, bacon, bacon speck (streaky bacon), pork belly, U.S. style spare ribs, leg of ham (on the bone), pork steak, pork tenderloin fillet, fresh pork knuckle, ham hock smoked, mince, sausages (3 varieties), pork cheeks, spare ribs and trotters.

Gourmet Living
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Local brands sold: Poppysmack
Cunliffe & Waters
Township/Suburb: Templestowe
Notes (in their own words):

Gourmet Living is a premium food store (and online shop) specialising in high quality individual products and hampers. They stock an exciting range of Australian produce and wine, along with selected artisan European brands. They also love food and love to cook, so they run regular cooking classes. Their hampers are all packaged in sophisticated and elegant gift boxes finished with a black bow.

Gourmet Pies
Products: Pies
Yarra Glen Racecourse Market
Township/Suburb: Brunswick
Notes (in their own words):

Everyone loves a good pie. You can get an average pie anywhere but a pie that surprises you with its complex flavour in a package so simple and familiar is rare. Gourmet Pies takes pride in its pies; quality ingredients and all handmade. The available pies include: beef and mushroom; beef burgundy; beef curry; chicken and mushroom; chunky steak; chunky steak and cheese; pulled lamb and caramalised onion; red lentil and ratatouille; scallop and saffron; tandoori chicken; traditional plain aussie pie; and vegetarian.

Green Karma
Products: Ready-to-eat plant-based food
Local outlets: Online
Township/Suburb: Eltham
Notes (in their own words):

Green Karma makes ready-to-eat meals, some of which are sold at farmers' markets, but most of which are available by online order for pickup in Eltham or delivery in Eltham, Eltham North, Montmorency and Briar Hill. All dishes are plant-based and use only Australian-grown ingredients (apart from spices).

The dishes sold at markets include: samosa wraps; chickpea curry and flatbread; veggie butter masala; and bean buddha bowls (salads).

A much wider range of dishes is sold online, with the recipes coming from around the world.

Green Karma's business is centred on three main principles: health, sustainability and waste reduction. All meals are served plastic-free.

Greensborough Food Swap
When: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11am
Township/Suburb: Greensborough
Notes (in their own words):

Contact either of the co-organisers: Glenn Mansfield by phone (0488 192198) or email or Margot Meredith by phone (0415 926642) or email.

There is a community garden at the location.

Grow Free, Lalor
Township/Suburb: Lalor
Notes (in their own words):

'Grow Free' is a movement "dedicated to making our food locally grown, organic and free" and they are currently" all about growing and giving away free organic, heirloom veggie/herb/flower seedlings for people to get their garden going". The movement started out in Adelaide but is now coming to Melbourne.

Grow Free, Rosanna
Township/Suburb: Rosanna
Notes (in their own words):

'Grow Free' is a movement "dedicated to making our food locally grown, organic and free" and they are currently" all about growing and giving away free organic, heirloom veggie/herb/flower seedlings for people to get their garden going". The movement started out in Adelaide but is now coming to Melbourne.