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Sprout Community Market in 2013! Support local community…

Posted in Events, Movements by Zanni on April 3rd, 2013

4 April , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
2 May , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 September , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
3 October , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
7 November , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 December , 2013
3:00 pmto7:00 pm

Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan/Feb) at Sprout Community Gardens – corner of Clapham and Watt Sts, Thornbury (Mel ref 30 F4) from 3pm-7pm.  Sprout Market has a variety of stalls (organically grown produce, seedlings and plants; tasty Sprout made food & drink; kids activities/ workshops; local crafts, arts and designs), as well as great local  music. We sell produce that has been produced on site as well as offering stalls to vendors from the wider community, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.

Sprout Open Gate – Each non-market Thursday from 1-4pm Sprout Opens the Gate for people to buy organically grown seedlings, dried and fresh herbs, plants, fresh produce from the site and other items produced on site or just to have a look around. (Closed one week each school holidays)

If you are interested in having a stall, volunteering or looking to sell local produce, or just want general information about Open Gate or the Market, please contact us on 9484-5565, or 0424 029 180 or email

>>> Remaining markets for 2013: April 4th, May 2nd, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th, December 5th.
>>> For more information about Sprout visit the Mind Australia website.

Urban Growth: Workshops and compost relays (!)

Posted in Events by Moloney on March 9th, 2012

18 March , 2012
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Cultivating Community and Yarra Climate Action Now combine forces to bring Urban Growth to Yarra. Designed as a community garden and home-composting information session; the event includes free workshops, a food swap, compost relay and special guest Yarra City Council’s Urban Agriculture Officer, Pete Huff.

Sunday March 18th
Gordon St Laneway, access next to 23 Gordon St, Clifton Hill
Melways 44 E2

For more info, contact Hannah Moloney, 9429 3084

Hot Diggity: Fundraising music festival for Luscombe St community garden

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 23rd, 2012

26 February , 2012
12:00 pmto8:00 pm
Source: Moreland Food Gardens Network

All Tomorrow’s Potatoes and Mountain Goat Beer proudly present Hot Diggity: a free music festival in the lush surrounds of Luscombe Street Community Garden, Brunswick.

Seven amazing bands have been handpicked to get you dancing on the grass…

  • Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs (Syd)
  • Abbie Cardwell & The Chicano Rockers
  • Mikelangeolo & The Tin Star featuring St Clare
  • Merri Creek Pickers
  • Sib & Eddie James
  • Coral Lee & The Silver Scream
  • Frank Lee Darling

There will be a brightly painted food truck plus Mountain Goat Steam Ale, Kelly Brothers cider and bike-powered smoothies on tap to wash it all down.

Sunday February 26th.  Gates swing open at midday and close up at 8pm.

Entry is completely free so bring your best friends and make a day of it. All bar profits will be used to grow the garden in coming seasons.

>> Hot Diggity on Facebook

Community Based Gardens in Bushfire Affected Areas

Posted in Models by Rob Eales on December 7th, 2010

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) newsletter

Image: DigiSmile STL (aka Rob n Amy C) via flickr CC

From “Community Based Gardens in Bushfire Affected Areas:

In response to the 2009 bushfires’ tragedy, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust established a special $2 million Bushfires Grants Fund to assist those Victorians affected by the tragedy. In 2010, Sustainable Gardening Australia received $1m from this fund to deliver a 3 year project that will establish and promote community based gardening across Victorian bushfire areas.

This project is designed to contribute to the community recovery process of those Victorians who were directly affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009. It aims to provide a lasting contribution by helping to rebuild and regenerate through sustainable gardening activities. The project is a partnership between the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, SGA and bushfire affected communities as defined by the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA).

Read more about the project on the SGA website or download the project PDF.

Sharing Backyards – Share to grow

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 24th, 2009

People have begun to share their backyards in order to produce more homegrown foods. In North America and Canada this activity has been extended by using online technologies linking people with unused yard space to grow food.

Access to land is believed to be one of the biggest barriers to food production as stated by Patrick Hayes from MapsWest. Land must be local for the gardeners while trust is also important enhanced through proximity. The ‘Sharing Backyards’ concept aims to make maximum use of the city by identifying wasted space suitable for food production.

Sharing backyard sites apply geocoding and web mapping technologies to reveal potential garden plots. Sharing backyard sites include,,

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems,’ case studies by Ferne Edwards

Ilma Lever Garden Fair

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

What: Ilma Lever Garden Fair
When: November 15, 2008
Where: Ilma Lever Garden, 2A Station St, Coburg

This will be a great chance to pick up some summer veggie seedlings, have some fun and support an awesome initiative which has created an amazing garden and provides positive horticultural opportunities for our community. You can get there on the Upfield train line, get off at Moreland station (2 minute walk further up along the railway line from there).

For more information please contact Ilma Lever Gardens at 9386 4241.

Community gardens new recognised by Green Star Building Ratings!

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on August 27th, 2008

Community gardening is now recognised in the Green Star building ratings (see in the new pilot program for multi-residential buildings. Hopefully this will encourage more people to incorporate community gardens into urban design and planning! You can see the original document at

The details are:

Credit summary for Communal Garden Facilities

Aim of Credit:
To encourage and recognise the provision of communal outdoor amenities as a way of reducing demand for separate gardens or facilities and thus reduce the ecological impact of the residential sector.

Credit Criteria Summary:
– Up to three points are awarded where a minimum 25% of the site area is developed as a communal garden and provides a range of facilities: active and passive spaces for both adults and children,
individual and communal activities, hard and soft landscaping.
One credit point is awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and at least 3 of the following facilities are provided;
Two credit point are awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and 6 or more of the following facilities are provided; and
Three credit points are awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and 9 of the following facilities are provided.

The features/ facilities are:
-compost facilities
-garden plots that can be tendered by residents
-communal or individual vegetable gardens
-in-ground deep soil planting capable of supporting large trees
-landscaped areas for quiet contemplation
-landscaped areas for active play
-natural clothes drying facilities
-playground area
-outdoor entertainment area with integrated BBQ facilities.”